Hitting theaters nationwide April 6th, WE THE PARTY is a colorful, cutting-edge, multicultural comedy about a group of teenagers coming of age during America’s first black presidency. “Teenagers are at the center of a seismic cultural shift,” says writer/director Mario Van Peebles. “Their world is changing fast, from their music to their dancing, jerking, twerking, skateboarding, dating and facebooking. Thug life is old school now and, for some, smart is the new gangsta!”
Filmed on location in one of Los Angeles’ tougher areas, the fictional “Baldwin Hills High School” comprises a broad cross-section of teens from different races and backgrounds – from gang-bangers sagging, to the skinny jeans and skateboard swag crowd, to the upper-class entitlement kids of Baldwin Hills.
The movie chronicles the adventures of five tightly-knit friends as they plot to up their game, lose their virginity, out-maneuver the school bully, and take the girls of their dreams to prom. Tensions mount when it’s suspected one of the students stole the prom money. With prom about to be cancelled and police on the scene, the students turn on each other…only to learn things are seldom what they appear.
Set against the backdrop of the latest music and dancing, WE THE PARTY features Snoop Dogg, YG, The New Boyz, The Rej3ctz, The Pink Dollaz, Mario Van Peebles, Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Tiny Lister, Melvin Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles, Simone Battle, Moises Arias, Orlando Brown and Quincy Brown.
“WE THE PARTY is the real deal, not necessarily how adults want us to be but how we are,” says 16-year-old Moises Arias of “Hannah Montana” fame.
“Mario’s kids were fans of our music,” says the New Boyz. “He wanted to make a legit movie about today’s teenagers with all the new music style and swag, and he put us in the film.”
“It’s not the car you drive or the clothes you wear, the real party is inside. WE THE PARTY,” says Melvin Van Peebles who does a cameo in his son’s film.
“It’s been almost 20 years since we’ve had a good House Party or Breakfast Club,” says Michael Cohen, Mario’s executive producing partner. “WE THE PARTY is going to surprise a lot of people.”
“I have not felt this kind of intense street energy behind a film since New Jack City. I wouldn’t have known what today’s teenagers are experiencing if I didn’t have teens myself,” says Mario Van Peebles.
For more info, check out We The Party‘s Facebook page.
Snoop Dogg & YG,”What Are You Doing In my Mama’s House”