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Boyz n the Hood

Directed by: John Singleton | 1991 | 1h 47m | Rated R

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Join O Cinema & Hip-Hop House in celebration of the late John Singleton’s 1991 masterpiece, BOYZ N THE HOOD, as we send one up for the fallen giant of cinema. Serving as an early ’90s clarion call to those unaware of how bad conditions of poverty, substance abuse, gang violence, and systemic racial discrimination had become for young, black men in inner-city environments, Singleton’s BOYZ N THE HOOD might be the most exceptional directorial debut of that decade, earning him two Oscar nominations – one for Original Screenplay and one as Best Director (he was the youngest artist to be honored at the time).

“There’s hardly any precedent for a guy like me to have the career that I’ve had. Because I grew up the way I grew up, I’m an in-your-face kind of guy. I developed that as a defense mechanism to survive in the streets. I do that in Hollywood in the service of my passion.”
– John Singleton

 

“The Hood” is a place where drive-by shootings and unemployment are rampant. But it is also a place where harmony coexists with adversity, especially for three young men growing up there: Doughboy (Ice Cube), an unambitious drug dealer; his brother Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a college-bound teenage father; and Ricky’s best friend Tre (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), who aspires to a brighter future beyond “The Hood.” In a world where a trip to the store can end in death, the friends have diverse reactions to their bleak surroundings. Tre’s resolve is strengthened by a strong father (Larry Fishburne)who keeps him on the right track. But the lessons Tre learns are put to the ultimate test when tragedy strikes close to home, and violence seems like the only recourse.

“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.”
– ROGER EBERT

“It’s always risky to proclaim a new force in film based upon just one film, but Boyz N the Hood is good enough to suggest that John Singleton is going to be a major player for a long time.”
– GENE SISKEL

“Boyz n the Hood is a knockdown assault on the senses, a joltingly sad story told with power, dignity and humor. No mere studio genre piece preening as social significance because its characters are black, Boyz is straight from the neighborhood — Singleton grew up in South Central — and straight from the heart.”
– HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“The film not only lives up to its “Increase The Peace” subtitle but by refusing to overtly moralise puts its concerns across with astonishing impact.”
– EMPIRE