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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Cast

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

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
Variety
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A free-for-all comic spoof that brings the 'hood' genre of Hollywood films full circle.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Rude, crude and outrageous.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
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Things might be bad, the movie suggests, but they're not so bad you can't laugh.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Outrageous is the key word here. In many successful scenes, the Wayans deftly play on our assumptions and cliches.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Strangely sour and ultimately wearisome.

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
TV Guide

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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

½

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

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