Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Critic Consensus: Well-acted and thematically rich, Boyz N the Hood observes urban America with far more depth and compassion than many of the like-minded films its success inspired.
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as Tre Styles
as Ricky Baker
as Furious Styles
as Mrs. Baker
as Reva Styles
as Tre (age 10)
as Mad Dog
as Little Chris
as Brandi's Mom
as Officer Coffey
as The Old Man
as SAT Man
as 2nd Knucklehead
as Female Club Member
as Brandi (age 10)
as Lewis Crump
as Mrs. Olaf
as Officer Coffey
as Ice Cream Truck Kid
as Bobby (age 10)
as Doughboy (age 10)
as Officer Graham
as 2nd Gangster
as Ricky (age 10)
as 1st Gangster
as 1st Knucklehead
as Tisha's Grandmother
as Ric Rock
as Mailman (uncredited)
as Yo Yo
as Yo Yo
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Critic Reviews for Boyz n the Hood
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.
Audience Reviews for Boyz n the Hood
Powerful in performance and message. John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood tackles this dangerous subject with sleek direction and emotional drive. The script is intangible to any other in its genre or subject and with the aid of Gooding, Jr., Ice Cube, Fishburne and casts makes for a masterful picture. 4.5/5
A heartbreaking, exceptionally acted look at violence in America. Thoughtful, current, and necessary.
Once upon a time in South Central L.A. ... It ain't no fairy tale.
Good strong Film! John Singleton's Boyz n the Hood remains one of the best fictionalized and most poignant summaries of some of America's toughest internal problems - racism, violence, poverty, and drug abuse. This is not a hip-hop film, nor a detached and dehumanized story about "gang violence", its a story about growing up fatherless or motherless in a war zone with a faceless enemy, where people do not value each other's lives at all and value their own lives only slightly more. This is a great film about real issues, sensitively portrayed and thoughtfully examined. Every American who cares about the vast untapped potential of our people ought to take a long, hard look at this one. These are not 'black problems', they are everybody's problems, and their solutions will require everybody's understanding. I could think of far worse places to begin developing that understanding than Boyz n the Hood.
John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions.
Boyz n the Hood Quotes
|Sheryl:||Doughboy! Got some blow, got some rock?|
|Doughboy:||Get the fuck out of my face! And keep them goddamn babies off the streets!|
|Furious Styles:||Any fool with a dick can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children.|
|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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