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  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It's a shame, though, that the movie also features stereotyped or retrograde attitudes towards Jewish, gay, and female characters. Perhaps Van Peebles' kids could school their dad on the virtues of across-the-board respect. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Despite the filmmaker's obvious good intentions in trying to impart valuable life lessons to younger viewers, We the Party suffers from any number of problems, including uneven acting (talent isn't always hereditary); stereotypical characters and situations; and a manic visual style featuring the sort of split-screen obsession that felt outdated decades ago. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Despite its flashy cinematography and colorful sets, it contains a great deal that is serious about growing up in America today. show more

  • 75
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    While We the Party can be insensitive, or blind, to the misogyny and homophobia of the general culture (the token gay teen is a finger-snapping, head-bobbing fashionista), it takes the issues of race and class quite seriously. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The script suffers from blandness and aimlessness. show more

  • 38
    Washington Post

    With the raunch of "American Pie" and the heart of an after-school special, the comedy turns out to be a lot less than the sum of its parts. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    The movie spends almost as much time allowing the filmmaker, playing a progressive-minded teacher, to push his students to be better citizens by interviewing homeless people on skid row (!) as it does watching the younger generation trying to get some. It's an uneasy mixture of crude yukking and mixed-message uplift that satisfies on neither level. show more

  • 50
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    Other Van Peebleses also populate the movie, and all are serviceable enough as actors; it would be nice to see them in less earnest, more original material. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

    Van Peebles's heart is probably in the right place, but his attempt to wed his kids' generational moment to a classic coming-of-age template falters in its message-obsessed execution. show more

  • 40
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    The naughty-yet-nurturing tone is certainly unusual, but in working so hard to be the adult who "gets" kids yet lectures them at the same time, he's ended up with a colorful but superficial mess. show more

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  • March 27, 2012 sh00000000118246
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    I caught a screening of this at USC. I was pretty excited because I like YG, the New Boyz and Snoop. The music was awesome and the acting was better than I expected. Director/Producer/Writer Mario Van Peebles pushes the idea that smart is the new gangster, and as lame as that sounds, it works here. I doubt this will win any awards, but the message is solid and it\'s a fun movie. It\'s definitely for a younger audience, but for what it is, it\'s great. At times the dialogue can be a little preachy and the action predictable, but somehow I was perpetually interested in what was going on. The pressures of high school are something everyone can relate to as is the partying life of a high-schooler. It\'s not hard to have fun at this movie.

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