What The Hell Happened To ... Cuba Gooding Jr.?
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Cuba In the Hood
Only five years into his acting career, Cuba Gooding Jr. got his big break. Boyz in the Hood was a benchmark of contemporary American filmmaking, winning Oscar nods for Best Screenplay and for first-time director John Singleton. Examining the underrepresented experience of the young black male, Boyz N the Hood turned an unflinching eye on issues ranging from teen sexuality to gang violence to the lack of male role models in the lives of America's urban youth; Roger Ebert called Singleton's drama "an American film of enormous importance," and it remains his best-reviewed film to date.
Critics in particular hailed Gooding's breakout central performance as Tre, a South Central-raised teenager torn between neighborhood loyalties and the promise of college. More importantly, Boyz N the Hood showed Hollywood that Cuba Gooding Jr. had the potential to flesh out characters of dramatic substance. The days of one-line roles and guest spots would soon be behind him.
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