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Boyz N' The Hood 1991

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4.8 out of 5 stars (89) IMDb 7.8/10

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.

Starring:
Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube
Runtime:
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director John Singleton
Starring Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube
Supporting actors Morris Chestnut, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
If you ever wanted a great example of pure cinema drama at its finest, "Boyz N the Hood" is it. It didn't take long for me to completely involve myself during the viewing of this film. It's powerful, sad, scary, and filled with heart. This is one of those films that completely takes you by surprise by giving you something that you weren't expecting at all. John Singleton's directorial debut doesn't fail to shine for one second in this human-drama powerhouse.
The film focuses around three friends who live in South Central, Los Angeles; a place where drugs, guns, and violence appears to be around every corner. The three friends are Tre, Ricky, and Doughboy. Tre's father has tried his best to raise Tre into becoming a real man; supplying him with knowledge and wisdom. Ricky has dreams of being a professional football player while his brother, Doughboy, is always getting into some kind of trouble, whether it be with the law or the neighborhood gang-bangers. In the end, the film is about choices and how every action can set off a chain of events.
In the exclusive documentary that's included on this 2-Disc Anniversary Edition DVD, John Singleton says that this was the movie he was born to make, and he's able to show us exactly that and nothing less. Making the movie was taking a pretty big risk, as there was nothing quite like it on the market; however, that didn't stop him from delivering an incredible debut that really stands out from the rest. The main misconception of this movie is that people are willing to automatically assume that the movie is violent and is only about violence (these being people who have never watched the movie) when in actuality, the film focuses more on the aftermath of violent acts rather than the actual acts being carried out.
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By A Customer on 10 July 2004
Format: DVD
Its quite hard to believe that John Singleton was only 23 years old when he wrote and directed this amazing film. It centres around a group of friends, played by Cuba Gooding Jr, Morris Chestnut and Ice Cube who are growing up in a bad area of America, and how they learn to cope with their violent and volitile surroundings. All three leads are on top form as is Laurence Fishburne, who plays Gooding's firm, but fair, father. Never exploitative or glorified, you actually feel sympathy and really identify with the characters, thanks to the way Singleton develops them. All in all, a truly excellent coming of age film and in my opinion, vastly superior to 1993s similar Menace to society. It just a pity that Singletons films which followed this have never really re-captured the magic he found here.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is obviously a lot peoples top ten material, including myself. I won't bang on about the movie and story as it's a classic and everyone knows it. What I will say is that only being 20 years old I was expecting the picture quality to have been better than it is. It's way ahead of the various DVD versions from over the years, but there are plenty of Blu Rays from this era that have been released with amazing results in HD. I'm glad I bought it, but feel to give 5* it had to have a better picture than it does.
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Format: DVD
South Central L.A.: Where murder rates are five times the nationwide average, or in absolute figures, double the entire U.S.'s death rate for breast cancer (L.A. Times, January 1, 2004.) Where "I'll have my brother shoot you" isn't just an empty threat, and guns are passed from one sibling to another when an older brother goes away to "do time." Where owning a gun is a means of self-protection even for those who've always stayed clear of gangs. Where "where ya' from?" is an inquiry about gang membership, not geographic origin, and wearing the wrong colors can cause you to be "hit up;" resulting in violence, and more violence by way of retaliation. Where over the past 15 years the LAPD has accumulated a backlog of 4,400 unsolved homicides - roughly 3/4 of the city's total - because, as kids learn early, a bullet doesn't come with a name attached; and those who know the killer generally stay mum, either fearing reprisal or preferring to take care of their own, rather than leave justice to a police and a court system they've learned to mistrust anyway. And where crimes like burglary only merit police attention if something actually was stolen, and are quickly sidelined upon the officers' summons to another murder scene.
South Central L.A. is the home of Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and his friends, "Doughboy" and Ricky Baker (Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut). We first meet them at age ten, when Tre's mother (Angela Bassett) sends him to live with his father Jason, a/k/a "Furious" (Laurence Fishburne), who seems better equipped to raise a son in a neighborhood like this. When we see them again they're seventeen, Tre and Ricky about to graduate from high school, while Doughboy has already graduated - from shoplifting to guns and small-time drug deals.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2015
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John Singleton’s 1991 LA-based 'gang drama’ was made in the midst of a whole range of films attempting to address the 'race issue’ in the US, notably the likes of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever and Mario van Peebles’ New Jack City, but whereas Lee’s films (in particular) looked (predominantly) at black vs non-black race issues, Singleton’s drama focuses specifically on social issues (gang violence, poverty, sexism, education) within the black community. Indeed, Singleton’s opening intertitles, spelling out the 'problem’ in terms of the proportion of US 'black on black’ (male) killings, make for shocking reading (and it appears that, sadly, urban deprivation and violence within the US black community are still as much of an issue over two decades later).

Although Singleton’s film has been badged as a 'gang drama’ its scope is actually more wide-ranging and subtle than that. Using as its basis the father-son relationship between Laurence Fishburne’s level-headed, responsible father (and, what I would call, 'light activist’) Jason Styles and Cuba Gooding Jr’s teenage son, Tre, Singleton develops a 'coming of age’ drama, but also touches on the related issues of dysfunctional families, teenage parenting, educational aspirations and police brutality.
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