Boyz N The Hood

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Released 1991

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Director:
John Singleton
Released:
1991
Rating:
R

Boyz N The Hood is a 1991 drama about a group of kids growing up in poverty-stricken and crime-ridden South Central Los Angeles. Cuba Goodin, Jr. plays Tre Styles, a smart young man whoâ��s caught between the life heâ��s learning on the streets and the life his parents are trying to make for him. After receiving a suspension from school for fighting, Treâ��s mother sends him to live with his loving but strict father, Jason â��Furiousâ�� Styles. Tre doesnâ��t like the chores that go along with living in his fatherâ��s house. Heâ��s assigned all manner of housekeeping tasks that his father insists will make him a responsible man and teach him the lessons that will keep him out of jail. Meanwhile, Treâ��s friend Doughboy is pulling him towards a life of crime, and Tre will have to choose between the lessons of his father and the social approval of his friends. Boyz N The Hood is a complex story about African American life in poor America and the minefield that stands between one young man and his promising future.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Has maturity and emotional depth: There are no cheap shots, nothing is thrown in for effect, realism is placed ahead of easy dramatic payoffs, and the audience grows deeply involved.

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The film's strength is that it sustains an intimate and realistic tone. Mr. Fishburne, who is called upon to deliver several lectures, manages to do so with enormous dignity and gr...

  • 80

    Variety

    Ultra socially responsible, sometimes to the point of playing like a laundry list of difficulties faced specifically by the urban black community.

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Drama

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Family Dramas, Crime, African-American Drama, crazy neighborhood, city living