Boyz n the Hood
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even in its warmest moments, there is a fearful chill in this hood's air. And on the hearts of its boyz."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Shows some genuine talent in handling character and action, and equal amounts of confusion and attitude when it comes to matters of gender and ghetto politics."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An incredibly moving, character-rich drama about life in South Central L.A."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Boyz N the Hood" is more than a time-capsule of American existence. It is a boldly defiant, and desperate, call for peace in the midst of anarchy."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Singleton strips his art of almost all ambiguity in the service of thematic and emotional and political transparency.... A tragic purgation of pity, anger, and fear."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"An absorbing, smartly made dramatic encyclopedia of problems and ethics in the black community, 1991."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What makes the film so affecting is the no-nonsense direction and Singleton's sure, specific sense of the rewards and hardships of community; in this, he is lent excellent support from a fine cast."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A coming-of-age story without fluidity, hopping from scene to scene often indiscriminately. Singleton has stamina but lacks connective tissue, messing up development and motivation, unable to juggle the three distinct perspectives."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"One of America's most important films."
‑ , Film4
"Singleton turns a typical coming-of-age yarn into the angry expression of the plight of young black males in the ghetto. This accomplished debut still represents the helmer's best work."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A booming, heart slam of a film."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"In this setting, the actors could easily disappear into speeches or stereotypes, but they don't; the film's strength is that it sustains an intimate and realistic tone."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"An assured effort that hits home in relating to parental responsibility as a means of encouraging good citizenship."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A film any seasoned director would be proud of, but as a debut is nothing short of amazing."
‑ Lloyd Bradley, Empire Magazine
"There's a good reason this flick made such a big splash and inspired so many copycats."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
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