Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood


Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood (1996)


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Written by and starring Marlon and Shawn Wayans, this irreverent, comic spoof chronicles the exploits of a young black man whose mother returns him to the 'hood to live and learn from his father.

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Shawn Wayans
as Ashtray
Suli McCullough
as Crazy Legs
Helen Martin
as Loc Dog's Grandma
Lahmard J. Tate
as Ashtray's Father
Keith Morris
as Dave the Crackhead
Craig Wayans
as Thug No. 1
as Brithday Boy Thug
Joe 'Nub' Scott
as Birthday Cake Boy
Kim Wayans
as Mrs. Johnson
Vivica A. Fox
as Ashtray's Mother
Lee Scott
as Flashback Girl
Marian Reynolds
as Flashback Mother
Tommy Morgan
as Car Jacker
Virginia Watson
as Loc Dog's Mom
Gabriel Alexander
as Jheri Curl Kid
Scott Randle
as Doughboy
Reginald Green
as Gang Member
Kwame Ganon
as Driver with Curlers
Warren 'Zubari' Washington
as Cellular Phone No. 1
Don 'Mazi' Mitchell
as Cellular Phone No. 2
Toshi Toda
as Korean Store Owner
Tamayo Otsuki
as Korean Woman
Ahmad Reese
as Low Rider Gangsta
Lester Barrie
as Preacher
Omar Epps
as Malik
Cynthia Madvig
as Secretary
James Van Patten
as Harvard Man
Alan Abelew
as Recruiter
Robert Michael Adler
as Man in White Coat
Don Reed
as Driving Instructor
Bernie Mac
as Officer Self Hatred
Mik Scriba
as Officer with Bullhorn
Kirk Kinder
as Prison Guard
Aj Jamal
as The Cellmate
Antonio Fargas
as Old School
LaWanda Page
as Old School's Mom
Guy Torry
as Doo Rag's Father
Travon Jamar
as Drug Thug No. 1
Damien Dante Wayans
as Cousin with Bag
Paula Jai Parker
as Drunk Party Girl
Lisa Morgan
as Sabomboo
Tiara English
as La Quanda
Xavier Cook
as Child Support Man
J.W. Smith
as Detective Cliche
Kelly Vaughn
as Snowflake
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Critic Reviews for Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

Full of very obvious spoofery, and funnier in concept than in execution.

Feb 5, 2008

A free-for-all comic spoof that brings the 'hood' genre of Hollywood films full circle.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Rude, crude and outrageous.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4

Things might be bad, the movie suggests, but they're not so bad you can't laugh.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Outrageous is the key word here. In many successful scenes, the Wayans deftly play on our assumptions and cliches.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Perhaps if "Menace'' had been shorter and some of the weaker sketches had been left on the cutting-room floor, it would have added up to a stronger whole. In the end, it is too small a menace to match the efforts of filmmakers like Singleton and Lee.

Jan 2, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood


Daniel J DeMersseman
Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer

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.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


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 Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Finally, the movie that proves that Justice isn't always Poetic, Jungle Fever isn't always pretty, and Higher Learning can be a waste of time. Just a laugh out loud movie filled with some dark humor. It's rude, it's crude, it's in-your-face - and it's just a delight to watch. There's a couple of more Wayans in this movie besides the main characters Marlon and Shawn like Keenan the mailman and Kim Wayans as Mrs. Johnson, Damien Wayans as Cousin and Craig Wayans as Thug#1. Also appearances from the late Bernie Mac, Omar Epps, Vivica Fox and Faizon Love. Don't take it seriously people it's meant to be funny. "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of a lot of Afro-American movies, for instance "Boyz N the Hood", "South Central", "Menace II Society", "Higher Learning" and "Juice". We follow Ashtray as he returns to the place he grew up in and meet his father and his basket-case friends. A lot of crazy stuff happens, for example, Ashtray is older than his father and his best friend Loc Dog's grandmother is a trigger-happy old lady who blames her eccentric-looking kid for not being tough enough.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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