The intelligent Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is just before the jump to College. His dream is to be accepted by Harvard University. Not an easy task, because Malcolm lives in the bottoms, a dangerous neighborhood in Inglewood, California.
The streets are crowded with drug dealers and other criminal figures. When Malcolm and his friends jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) will be invited to an underground party and there suddenly come into possession of any amount of fabric, that is its nerd image to get rid of the chance for Malcolm. A night full of bizarre characters and bad decisions follows, and Malcolm could free forever from the geek image. Everyone is changed from the night and the next morning nothing is as it was before.