Boyz 'N the HoodDirector: John Singleton
Director John Singleton's debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los Angeles. When young Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a bright underachiever, begins to show signs of trouble, his struggling professional mother (Angela Basset) sends him to live with his father (Lawrence Fishburne), a hard-nosed, no-nonsense disciplinarian. There he befriends Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a burgeoning football star, and Doughboy (Ice Cube, in a standout performance), a would-be gang banger. Over the years, each chooses his own path: Tre seems bound for college; Ricky is a blue-chip running back with his pick of schools; Doughboy is a dope dealer and bona fide gangster who drifts in and out of the county juvenile facility. All is well until, without warning, a rival gang chases down Tre and Ricky with tragic results. Doughboy immediately prepares for revenge, forcing Tre to decide whether to jeopardize his future and, perhaps, his life for the price of revenge and self-respect. Sometimes riveting, Boyz'N the Hood is not without its problems. The film tries to cram every single issue facing the black community into an hour and a half of screen time, making the film seem at times forced. The symbolism seems forced as well, and the film is often unbearably heavy-handed. Also, the characterization often relies on cardboard cut-outs; every white character in the film is a one-dimensional bigot, and the black police officer with whom Tre and his father deal is even worse than his Caucasian counterparts. Still, the unevenness of the film is redeemed by some moments of true brilliance.
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- Sony Pictures
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Bruce Bellamy||Art Director|
|Stanley Clarke||Score Composer|
|Kathryn Peters||Set Decoration/Design|
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Boyz N the Hood is one of the best movies ever. It is basically about how young African American men live their life in "The hood". If your not from "The hood" or have never stepped foot in the hood and you want to experince this side of life then this is the movie to watch. This movie is sad and funny at times . Even though this movie is not based on one particular person the things that go on in this movie really happen in real life. John Singleton did a great job of directing and writing this movie. The actors in this movie are great you can not even tell thier acting, that is the other thing that makes this such a good movie. If you have not seen this movie you have to see it.
I was flipping through the channels one night and I came across this film. At the time, I had never heard of this film but I was a fan of Ice Cube so I watched it. WOW! After the film was over, I wondered how my life would be like if I hadn't seen it. The characters are so real, and why I disagree with some of the film's views on the white community, I couldn't help but praise this film. Ice Cube is the standout actor in this, because it's his debut acting role and he's really really good. Cuba Gooding Jr. is also amazing in this film as is a young Morris Chestnut and Lawrence Fishburne as Tre's father. The film really captured life in the projects. This film showed that most of the residents of the projects are good people and not just blood hungry killers. Menace II Society was also good, but it concentrated too much on the violence of the projects instead of the relationships that develop there. I found this film amazingly true in every definition of the word and I hope that Singleton makes another film that's this amazing. It's a ghetto classic for sure but it's also a film classic. Everyone should see it, not just people in the projects, but everyone. This is about life and death, relationships and fearfulness.
Welcome to California and yeah it goes down like this, like every day and has sense 1980. Projects? LOL.! Inner city gangs moved into the suburbs in California in the 1980's and into rural areas by 1990 why America slept Califronia gangs moved into your state too. Bangin in Little Rock, just copying us, what a fatal mistake. This ain't nothin to look up to. If you want to make money though invest in Califonia Prisons or funeral homes. Cube? He is no Gangster, he is an Actor and a studio G. This movie is real in Cali you start going to your friends funreals in High School.
This film really looks at the heart of what its like to live in an area that is riddled with crime and gang violence. A film that will stand the test of time.
i just want to point out these kids in the movie don't live in the projetcts. They live in houses in a neighborhood. That said, I think the movie is brilliant and surprisingly funny. Everyone should see this film.
THIS MOVIE IS OFF THE CHAIN, CUBE IS A TRUE L.A. THUG. THIS MOVIE WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH AND CRY. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
This Movie is very exicting to me. I love the way Ricky, DoughBoy ,and tray stay with each other through thick and thin They were really good friends and they had dreams of getting out the hood. Rickey and Dough boy are brothers with diffrent dads and tray is a good friend of there's who live across the street from them.Ricky had a dream of one day going to the nfl but his dream was taken from him when he was killed during a drive by.This one of my all time favorite and i would love to share this wonderfull excting action movie to the world
I have seen this movie like 10 times, this is the best gang movie ever made...You will laugh at Cube and cry at his brothers death. Hell of a good flick.