Blockbusters never run out of comic book movies, but at least the indie world keeps gifting us with hilarious and righteously angry films about race and modern black life. Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” and Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” both live on Amazon Prime, while Netflix gets their slightly lesser cousin: “Dope,” which takes the grim hood movies of the ’90s (“Boyz N Tha Hood,” “Juice,” etc.) and reworks them into a freewheeling romp.
Following one college-bound, hi-top fade-rocking nerd (Shameik Moore) as he gets in deep in the drug business, it’s an excuse to fire off cogent gripes: about trust fund kids, about white boys incensed they can’t use the n-word, about the fact that South Central L.A. hasn’t improved much in the last 20 years. The blend of jokes and talking points isn’t always smooth, but when it scratches it draws blood.