“We the Party,” which is about a group of teens growing up during the era of America’s first black presidency, stars dad Mario Van Peebles, sons Mandela, Makaylo, and Marley, daughters Morgana and Maya, and grandfather Melvin.
Mario and Mandela recently sat down with Reuters to talk about the new film. Check out some highlights of the interview below:
Q: Is it true that this film was inspired by your own teenage kids?
Mario: “It’s absolutely true. I was trying to write something else, and my kids kept playing this loud music upstairs. I went up to tell them to turn it down and then Mandela said he wanted to hit some special teenage clubs with his brothers and sisters.”
Q: How embarrassing was it having your dad tag along?
Mandela: “He’s a pretty fun guy so it’s not embarrassing to me – it’s more other kids. I’m used to it.”
Mario: “And I let them be them. I let them talk like they talk. I didn’t make it (the film) rated PG. It’s how they talk. But kids were probably never PG. Think about it – ‘The Breakfast Club,’ R. ‘Sixteen Candles,’ R, ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ R. So we have a film that’s R, but I think there’s also some good nutritional value. It’s got some things to say and it’s got some heart to it.”