Dope Case Pending Release Date: 2000 Genre: Action Director(s): Patrick McKnight, Jeff Williams Writer(s): Patrick McKnight Starring: Coolio, Tony Dorian, Kid Frost Maverick Entertainment put out a film called Jail Party a few weeks back that, despite being billed as a spoof of urban films, only included one real scene that was remotely funny. An […]

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Dope Case Pending
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Action
Director(s): Patrick McKnight, Jeff Williams
Writer(s): Patrick McKnight
Starring: Coolio, Tony Dorian, Kid Frost

Maverick Entertainment put out a film called Jail Party a few weeks back that, despite being billed as a spoof of urban films, only included one real scene that was remotely funny. An opening narration detailed how in “urban hood movies,” several things were constantly coming up. Unnecessary narration, becoming a crime lord, getting out of jail, and others were among the listed.

Dope Case Pending pretty much hits upon all of these, and the end result is just another reason why the genre isn’t looked upon very favorably.

Featuring rappers Coolio and Kid Frost in bit parts, Dope Case Pending tells an amateur story in an amateur way. Young, upstanding Devon is wrongfully imprisoned for three years after a mix-up with the law. Ignoring the logic gap in someone being prosecuted without a trial, we can skip to Devon finding it impossible to live a respectable life after getting out of the pen. As per the usual, Devon gets into crime, and a gang war is the result.

The filmmakers really wanted their Dope Case Pending title to relate to the plot. They wanted it so bad that not only does Devon actually have a dope case pending trial during the film, but at two different points character say, “You have a dope case pending.” Say that in a serious voice, and you’ll realize just how ridiculous it sounds.

The only thing that’s notable about this movie is the artwork. Since few people working on low budget productions have the sense to hire a still photographer, a budget expenditure that is so sorely underestimated by first time filmmakers, photography archives are often employed. The third character from the left on Dope Case Pending’s cover was featured alone on the cover to R.I.C.C.O. It’s actually the same exact photo, just the other guys are cropped out.
DVD: Barebones.

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