Boyz n the Hood (1991)
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Director John Singleton's debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los Angeles. When young Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a bright underachiever, begins to show signs of trouble, his struggling professional mother (Angela Basset) sends him to live with his father (Lawrence Fishburne), a hard-nosed, no-nonsense disciplinarian. There he befriends Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a burgeoning football star, and Doughboy (Ice Cube, in a standout
Jul 12, 1991 Wide
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Lexie D. Bigham
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Dedrick D. Gobert
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Even in its warmest moments, there is a fearful chill in this hood's air. And on the hearts of its boyz.
An absorbing, smartly made dramatic encyclopedia of problems and ethics in the black community, 1991.
A booming, heart slam of a film.
Shows some genuine talent in handling character and action, and equal amounts of confusion and attitude when it comes to matters of gender and ghetto politics.
What makes the film so affecting is the no-nonsense direction and Singleton's sure, specific sense of the rewards and hardships of community; in this, he is lent excellent support from a fine cast.
In this setting, the actors could easily disappear into speeches or stereotypes, but they don't; the film's strength is that it sustains an intimate and realistic tone.
An incredibly moving, character-rich drama about life in South Central L.A.
The movie has not aged well--it's too preachy and didactic--but twenty years ago, when it came out, it was a major event, both culturally and artistically.
An assured effort that hits home in relating to parental responsibility as a means of encouraging good citizenship.
[VIDEO] "Boyz N the Hood" is more than a time-capsule of American existence. It is a boldly defiant, and desperate, call for peace in the midst of anarchy.
A film any seasoned director would be proud of, but as a debut is nothing short of amazing.
Singleton strips his art of almost all ambiguity in the service of thematic and emotional and political transparency.... A tragic purgation of pity, anger, and fear.
Singleton turns a typical coming-of-age yarn into the angry expression of the plight of young black males in the ghetto. This accomplished debut still represents the helmer's best work.
There's a good reason this flick made such a big splash and inspired so many copycats.
Singleton had his fingers on the pulse of South Central at a time when it desperately needed help. It's too bad we didn't listen to him soon enough.
- Furious Styles: Any fool with a dick can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children.
- Tre Styles: RICKY!
- Doughboy: Either they don't know...don't show...or don't care about what's going on in the hood.
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