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All Critics (26)
| Top Critics (7)
| Fresh (8)
| Rotten (18)
| DVD (7)
Full of very obvious spoofery, and funnier in concept than in execution.
A free-for-all comic spoof that brings the 'hood' genre of Hollywood films full circle.
Rude, crude and outrageous.
Things might be bad, the movie suggests, but they're not so bad you can't laugh.
Outrageous is the key word here. In many successful scenes, the Wayans deftly play on our assumptions and cliches.
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.
Over-the-top parody has frequent cursing, raunchy humor.
Strangely sour and ultimately wearisome.
If you really want to appreciate this film, go see all the hood movies from the 90s - good and bad.
...the Wayans use a sledgehammer to drive in a thumbtack.
There's maybe three or four half-decent chuckles to be found in this otherwise interminable 90-minute mega-chore.
The thin plot is merely the frame for gags, and there are more a few good ones here.
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.
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.
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.
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