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Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood

Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood (1996)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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Much as Keenen Ivory Wayans' I'm Gonna Git You Sucka parodied the basic elements of 70's blaxploitation pictures, this film written by and starring his younger brothers Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans pokes fun at the gritty "reality check" films of the 1990's, such as Boyz N The Hood, Menace II Society and New Jack City. When Ashtray (Shawn Wayans) moves to South Central L.A. to live with his father (who appears to be the same age he is) and grandmother (who likes to talk tough and smoke



Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans

Jan 15, 2002


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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (17) | DVD (14)

Full of very obvious spoofery, and funnier in concept than in execution.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A free-for-all comic spoof that brings the 'hood' genre of Hollywood films full circle.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Rude, crude and outrageous.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Outrageous is the key word here. In many successful scenes, the Wayans deftly play on our assumptions and cliches.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Things might be bad, the movie suggests, but they're not so bad you can't laugh.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Strangely sour and ultimately wearisome.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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If you really want to appreciate this film, go see all the hood movies from the 90s - good and bad.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

...the Wayans use a sledgehammer to drive in a thumbtack.

September 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

There's maybe three or four half-decent chuckles to be found in this otherwise interminable 90-minute mega-chore.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The thin plot is merely the frame for gags, and there are more a few good ones here.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source:

Laugh yourself stupid....Wayans classic!

October 11, 2004

[A] pleasant hour and a half.

October 21, 2003 Full Review

One of the funniest movies of all time

February 19, 2003 | Comments (6)
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

There are zero laughs in this stupid, stupid movie.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

The gags -- like most of the Wayanses' humor -- range from astute satire to lowest-common-denominator yucks.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Too many gags fall flat, or are cheap and sleazy instead of clever and witty.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

If I see one more movie featuring that current favorite of obnoxious movie stereotypes -- the pair of abrasive Asian convenience store owners -- I'm not going to even going to think twice before getting up and leaving the theatre.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood

Critics don't understand a movie like this. This is strictly made for the audience and for laughter at the outrageous things the Wayan bros do. I Liked it.
August 5, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Finally, the movie that proves that Justice isn't always Poetic, Jungle Fever isn't always pretty, and Higher Learning can be a waste of time.

Just a laugh out loud movie filled with some dark humor. It's rude, it's crude, it's in-your-face - and it's just a delight to watch. There's a couple of more Wayans in this movie besides the main characters Marlon and Shawn like Keenan the mailman and Kim Wayans as Mrs. Johnson, Damien Wayans as Cousin and Craig Wayans as Thug#1. Also appearances from the late Bernie Mac, Omar Epps, Vivica Fox and Faizon Love. Don't take it seriously people it's meant to be funny.

"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of a lot of Afro-American movies, for instance "Boyz N the Hood", "South Central", "Menace II Society", "Higher Learning" and "Juice". We follow Ashtray as he returns to the place he grew up in and meet his father and his basket-case friends. A lot of crazy stuff happens, for example, Ashtray is older than his father and his best friend Loc Dog's grandmother is a trigger-happy old lady who blames her eccentric-looking kid for not being tough enough.
June 23, 2011
Manu Gino

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The only Wayans brothers films I actually like!
September 22, 2009

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    1. Crazy Legs: Nice execution! I'm gonna give that an 8!
    – Submitted by Moe J (13 months ago)
    1. Grandma: Ashtray! You little bitch ass mother fucker! Come here and give your Grandma a hug!
    – Submitted by Adrian G (2 years ago)
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