Cinema: Doing The Bright Thing

The Hudlin brothers have a homeboy hit with House Party

Kid is an Andy Hardy for the '90s: a scheming innocent, ever wavering between girlfriends, ever scampering away from trouble and smack into worse. With his impish, Darryl Strawberry-size grin and an 8-in.-high flattop haircut that looks like a pillbox hat out of Zsa Zsa's closet, Kid (Christopher Reid) swipes audience sympathy from the get-go. Now he sits in the principal's office after a cafeteria fight with evil dude Stab (Paul Anthony). Seems Stab has branded Kid's dead mother a whore. The white principal is befuddled. "Why in God's name," she asks the perp, "did you call his mother a garden...

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