Menace II Society (1993)
Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 5
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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2
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This debut offering from twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes was one of the most critically-acclaimed urban crime films to appear in the wake of John Singleton's influential Boyz N the Hood. Set in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, the film is narrated by 18-year-old Caine (Tyrin Turner), a drug dealer and car thief who lives with his religious grandparents. After graduating from high school, Caine shows no ambition beyond hanging out with his friends, so his grandparents kick him out.
May 26, 1993 Wide
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Don't let the silly styling of the title put you off; this is a powerful, convincing, and terrifying look at teenage crime in contemporary Watts.
Bleak, brilliant, and unsparing: a full-scale vision of the madness that is tearing up the black inner city.
Fierce, violent and searing in its observation, the film makes previous excursions seem like a stroll through the park.
Regrettably, the Hughes brothers' first feature is a compendium of clichés.
If Menace II Society is terrific on ambiance, it is considerably less successful in revealing character.
Nothing the Hughes brothers have done in their videos for Tone Loc, Tupac Shakur and others prepares you for the controlled intensity and maturity they bring to their stunning feature debut.
An impressive first feature from the 21-year-old twin brother directing team of Albert and Allen Hughes.
The most stunning feature debut in the new African-American cinema, even more so than Boyz N the Hood to which the coming-of age feature bears thematic resemblance.
Um retrato impiedoso (e real) de uma sociedade preconceituosa, injusta e massacrante que transforma jovens em ameaças e que, infelizmente, é encontrada em todo o mundo.
Stylistically the film is brilliant, making repeat viewings highly appealing.
Strong stuff, but the film-making's a little rough around the edges.
A more honest and better made movie than any of the other group of films made about black neighborhoods in the early 90's.
A classic film! Introduced mainstream America to the dangers of blowjobs.
An important American film, in the way it's both artistically achieved and representative of a reality.
One of the few films to follow "Boyz" that actually had something new to add.
To be sure, it's in an influential and powerful story -- but it comes off as considerably more shallow than the reality it claims to portray.
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- Caine Lawson: Dog, you strapped?
- O-Dog: You know it!
- Caine Lawson: Give me your gun.
- O-Dog: What for?
- Caine Lawson: Give me the motherfucking gun.
- Caine Lawson: My father sold dope and my mother was a heroin addict. Moms and Pops were real popular in the neighborhood. They would always be giving parties for friends of theirs who just got out of jail or was on their way to jail. They only got married 'cause I was born. My pop sometimes worked as an electrician or a cab driver or a plumber, but his main job was selling drugs. Sometimes Mom would use 'em all up before he could even sell 'em. Then he'd have to beat her up. Growing up with parents like that, I heard a lot and I saw a lot. I caught on to the criminal life real quick. Instead of keeping me out of trouble, they turned me on to it.
- Caine Lawson: My grandpa asked me one time if I care whether I live or die. Yeah, I do... and now it's too late.
- Grocery Store Man: i feel sorry for your mother
- O-Dog: what you say about my moma
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