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House Party is an infectious, engaging comedy starring the rap duo Kid 'N Play. Kid ([[Performer~P59436~Christopher Reid~christopherkidreid]]) decides to throw a party where he plans to blow the roof off the joint with his rhyming skills, so he and his friend Play ([[Performer~P45932~Christopher Martin~christopherplaymartin]]) throw a huge party while Play's parents are away. The day of the party, Kid is grounded by his father (Robin Harris) and he has to sneak out of the house to get to the party, where he is confronted by several rival rappers, as well as a bevy of adoring girls. Though House Party follows a standard plot-line straight out of the '50s rock & roll films, the script is inventive, providing many different twists and turns, while [[Performer~P33725~Reginald Hudlin~reginaldhudlin]]'s direction is assured and very, very funny. Kid 'N Play are both terrific, but the true standout is legendary comedian [[Performer~P30673~Robin Harris~robinharris]] in one of his few screen roles. House Party later spawned two sequels and an animated television series. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

  • Release date:March 9, 1990


Awarded by
Sundance Film Festival Peter Deming Best Cinematography - Dramatic 1989 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Peter Deming Best Cinematography 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Adrienne-Joi Johnson Best Supporting Actress 1990 Nominee
Sundance Film Festival Reginald Hudlin Filmmaker's Trophy: Dramatic 1989 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Reginald Hudlin Best First Feature 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Reginald Hudlin Best Director 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Christopher "Kid" Reid Best Actor 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Robin Harris Best Supporting Actor 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Tisha Campbell Best Supporting Actress 1990 Nominee


Christopher "Kid" Reid
as Kid
Christopher "Play" Martin
as Play
Robin Harris
as Pop
Martin Lawrence
as Bilal
Tisha Campbell
as Sidney
Adrienne-Joi Johnson
as Sharane
Paul Anthony
as Stab
B. Fine
as Zilla
Val Gamble
as La Shay
Rodney Hill
as Albert
Shaun Baker
as Clint
Ronn Riser
as Guy
Verda Bridges
as Sharane's Sister
Cedrick Hardman
as Rock
Barry Diamond
as Cop #1
Warrington Hudlin
as Burglar #2
J. Jay Saunders
as Sidney's Dad
Barry Wiggins
as Waiter
Jaime Cardriche
as Tattoo
Michael Pniewski
as Cop #2
Cliff Frazier
as Brutus
Clifton Powell
as Sharane's Brother
Stan Haze
as Hatchett
Daryl Mitchell
as Chill
Randy Harris
as Roughouse
Bowlegged Lou
as Pee Wee
Eugene Allen
as Groove
Norma Donaldson
as Mildred
Bentley Evans
as Tall Teen
Kelly Minter
as La Donna
Desi Arnez Hines II
as Peanut
Anthony Johnson
as E.Z.E.
George Logan
as Pimp
Myra J.
as Guest
George Clinton
as D.J.
Alexander Folk
as Guard
John Witherspoon
as Mr. Strickland
Bebe Drake
as Mrs. Strickland
Leah Aldridge
as Benita
Belal Miller
as Herman
Chino "Fats" Williams
as Fats
as Sidney's Mom
Richard McGregor
as Evrette
Edith Fields
as Principal


Reginald Hudlin
Warrington Hudlin
Reginald Hudlin
Peter Deming
Lenny White
Composer (Music Score)
Earl Watson
Susan Richardson
Art Director
Gerald T. Olson
Executive Producer
Molly Flanegin
Set Designer
Lenny White
Costume Designer
Eddie Smith
Adrienne-Joi Johnson
Tisha Campbell
Laini Thompson