Boyz N the Hood

1991, Drama, 1h 52m

70 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Well-acted and thematically rich, Boyz N the Hood observes Black America with far more depth and compassion than many of the like-minded films its success inspired. Read critic reviews

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Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is sent to live with his father, Furious Styles (Larry Fishburne), in tough South Central Los Angeles. Although his hard-nosed father instills proper values and respect in him, and his devout girlfriend Brandi (Nia Long) teaches him about faith, Tre's friends Doughboy (Ice Cube) and Ricky (Morris Chestnut) don't have the same kind of support and are drawn into the neighborhood's booming drug and gang culture, with increasingly tragic results.

Cast & Crew

Laurence Fishburne
Jason 'Furious' Styles
Ice Cube
Doughboy (Darin)
Nia Long
Brandi, Tre's Girlfriend
Tyra Ferrell
Brenda Baker
Angela Bassett
Reva Devereaux
Meta King
Brandi's Mother
Whitman Mayo
The Old Man
Desi A. Hines II
Tré Styles, Age 10
Baha Jackson
Doughboy, Age 10
Donovan McCrary
Ricky, Age 10
John Singleton
Screenwriter
Charles Mills
Cinematographer
Bruce Cannon
Film Editor
Stanley Clarke
Original Music
Bruce Bellamy
Art Direction
Kathryn Peters
Set Decoration
Don Wilkerson
First Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Boyz N the Hood

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (3)

  • The dialogue is hilarious, loaded, questioning.

    January 10, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It seems as box-fresh as a pair of white high-tops and as powerful and funny today as it was in 1991.

    October 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Boyz N the Hood is a passionate drama shot with fluency and style, a study of what amounts to life during wartime, with people grimly used to gunfire and helicopters thudding overhead.

    October 27, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It feels like it should be cheesy and manipulative, but the utter sincerity lifts it immeasurable.

    October 26, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Though it eviscerates the white establishment from the opening reel, much of the film exhibits a deeply conservative worldview, even for 1991.

    September 2, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 1, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boyz N the Hood

  • Jun 03, 2016
    Much harder to take seriously after having seen the multitudes of parodies it has had taken off of it, despite its exceedingly dark subject matter. Still a good film though.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2016
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2015
    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
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2014
    A heartbreaking, exceptionally acted look at violence in America. Thoughtful, current, and necessary.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer

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