Boyz N The Hood deals with the friendship between three friends growing up in South Central L.A., California. It starts in the 1970s as three friends, Tre, Doughboy, and Ricky, learn hard lessons on the mean streets of their hometown. It’s in these very streets that drugs are sold, lives are taken, and dreams are crushed. The film then flash-forwards into the present (1991): Tre (Cuba Gooding, Jr., As Good As It Gets) is an upstanding student who has a chance to go to college because his father, Furious (Lawrence Fishburne, The Matrix), has been a good and decent role model in his life. Across the street lives Ricky (Morris Chestnut, Half Past Dead), an ambitious jock who may also have a bright future ahead of him if he can score a high enough grade on the SATs. Finally there is Doughboy (Ice Cube, Barbershop), an unambitious drug dealer (and Ricky’s brother) who finds himself teetering on the fringe of life and death. As the three boys discover who they are, all will be put to the test when tragedy strikes and breaks apart their worlds. It’s just another day in the ghetto for the Boyz N The Hood. —DVDverdict.com
Becoming, at the age of 24, the youngest individual and the first African American ever to be nominated for a Best Director Academy Award, John Singleton made movie history with Boyz ‘N the Hood, his astonishing 1991 directorial debut. An intensely personal portrait of life and death in South Central L.A. that was inspired by the director’s own experiences, the film earned Singleton comparisons to past wunderkind Orson Welles and heralded him as one of Hollywood’s most important new directors.
Born January 6, 1968, in the South Central L.A. neighborhood he would later immortalize on celluloid, Singleton was the son of a mortgage broker father and a company sales executive mother. Raised jointly by his divorced parents, he went on to attend the University of Southern California, where he majored in film writing. While a student at U.S.C., Singleton won a number of writing awards that led to a deal with the Creative Artists Agency during his sophomore year. At the age of 23, he… read more
The subject matter its pretty complicated, but in general its extremely easy to fall on the wrong path of life when you are living on a society where human identity its based on possessions, social status and racial origins. Solid characters, good acting, great atmosphere and a lot of reflexive social commentaries worth listening. For a debut film this is totally impressive.
Even if you are not from South Central Los Angeles you can relate to the characters in this realistic movie. You don't gotta be from "tha hood". In fact the whole world is a GHETTO! Find the Special Edition DVD. I listened to John Singleton's Commentary. Very insightful, he breaks down all the shots he did, all the inspiration for the film. And he made this at only 22 years old! It is definitely a classic!