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Innocent young black man Ashtray (Shawn Wayans) is forced to move into a tough Los Angeles slum with his family, including his oddly streetwise, pot-smoking grandma (Helen Martin). Before long, Ashtray's nuclear-armed gangster cousin Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans) introduces him to a bizarrely comic crime underworld. Luckily, Ashtray falls for urban poet Dashiki (Tracey Cherelle Jones), and she convinces him to go straight -- but he must deal with her manic ex-boyfriend Toothpick (Darrel Heath).

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  • Nov 24, 2014
    Indicative of the kind of comedy the Wayans brothers would make for the next decade, this film threads spoofs through a story about racial discourse. At the time films about the realities of hood life ("Friday," "Boyz n the Hood," "Menace II Society,") were ubiquitous. Taking the template of "Boyz n the Hood," the film follows Ashtray (Shawn Wayans) as he goes to live with his father and learn the tough reality of a life of poverty, gang warfare, and the endemic problems in his community. The film spoofs all the mainstays of the genre, including the one hopeful college bound student's demise, the love interest having many children, and the violence of gangs (and their elaborate tattoos). The film mostly pokes fun at the genre, but also has interesting gags, in-references, and silly slapstick that's all its own. It peters out near the end, because it needs to tie together all the plots, but overall this is a perfectly goofy spoof. Many memorable lines and characters make this a must watch comedy gem, and remains a pivotal start for the Wayans brothers comedy saga.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2011
    Critics don't understand a movie like this. This is strictly made for the audience and for laughter at the outrageous things the Wayan bros do. I Liked it.
    Eric A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2011
    very funny film from the scary movie crew. This film takes on the boys of the hood & various other films that followed in its wake. not for all but extremely funny when it hits.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2010
    So over the top and insane that it's hilarious on most of it's attempts. A genre parody film about life in the hood, the Wayans brothers may offend some people but if you have a tolerance for such comedy it's worth a watch.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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