Choppy coming-of-age story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It wants to be Boyz in the Hood (Boyz in the Wood) but the obscenity laced dialogue and raw objectification of woman renders it a contrite pretender more along the lines of Booty Call and Trippin.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Never delves much deeper into the three friends' psychology than a sitcom pilot would, though the cast try their best.
A charmer, a heartfelt memoir full of the buoyant good spirits and free-wheeling fun that, say, American Pie never had.
| Original Score: 3/4
A well-intentioned exercise in humanism... but as art or a successful narrative, the movie is ultimately empty.
| Original Score: C-
Heartfelt honesty and a determined refusal to resort to exploitative stereotypes help make The Wood an uncommonly uplifting experience for audiences of all races and backgrounds.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Three middle-class African-American men yearn to stay forever young as they struggle with their relationships with women.
An across-the-board delight featuring a spot-on ensemble cast that treats the most awkward and embarrassing moments in the rites of passage with affectionate hilarity.
What are you waiting on? Go see this one!
| Original Score: 5/5
Nice, but lacks the substance it needs to make us feel as good as it wants us to.
| Original Score: 65/100
By the film's final toast, one feels as if they are indeed part of The Wood.
Isn't particularly memorable.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Inane coming-of-age comedy.
It simply sits there, motionless, without any notable attributes to recommend, or that are even worth mentioning. It's unfortunate, but it's the truth.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Even the charismatic Epps can't bail out a script that lacks tension, too often substitutes high-fives for dialogue or action and calls for farce scenes that used to get 'em rolling in the stone aisles of ancient Greece.
This rambling and episodic autobiographical saga of three friends coming of age in Inglewood, Calif. in the '80s is so determined to be likable that it forgets to be interesting.
The Wood isn't all that fresh.
A boring and distancing affair!
The Wood spends too much time wallowing in arrested adolescence to make you feel you've traveled anywhere.