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 The Old Man
as SAT Man
as Officer Coffey
as 2nd Knucklehead
as Female Club Member
as Brandi (age 10)
as Lewis Crump
as Mrs. Olaf
as Officer Coffey
as Bobby (age 10)
as Doughboy (age 10)
as Ice Cream Truck Kid
as Officer Graham
as 2nd Gangster
as Ricky (age 10)
as 1st Gangster
as 1st Knucklehead
as Tisha's Grandmother
as Ric Rock
as Yo Yo
as Mailman (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Boyz n the Hood
It's always risky to proclaim a new force in film based upon just one film, but Boyz N the Hood is good enough to suggest that John Singleton is going to be a major player for a long time.
Like a jazz ensemble, Singleton and his actors slowly involve us in an almost sensual melange of moods, images and situations that take us inside the ghetto in a way mainstream films almost never do.
Singleton sometimes displays his youthful inexperience in melodramatic emphasis and rhetorical flourishes, but he has created a deeply troubling film about responsibility.
Even in its warmest moments, there is a fearful chill in this hood's air. And on the hearts of its boyz.
The violence in Boyz N the Hood is neither gratuitous nor melodramatic; its aftermath is shattering. Singleton's powerhouse movie has the impact of a stun gun.
Audience Reviews for Boyz n the Hood
An unpretentious portrait of a neighborhood dominated by violence, police abuse and even misogyny, and, while it does have some funny moments, it is a serious, realistic look at a slice of American society at constant odds with limited opportunities and public indifference.
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.
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.|
|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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