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1,773 Ratings

Boyz n the Hood

Directed by John Singleton
United States, 1991
Drama, Crime


Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

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Boyz n the Hood Directed by John Singleton
From a technical and emotional standpoint, this picture is much stronger than Up Against the Wall or Straight Out of Brooklyn... But unfortunately, its message and part of the emotion underlying it get so entangled in Singleton's commercial preoccupations on the one hand and his personal fixations on the other that the film often seems at war with its own best instincts.
July 19, 1991
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This powerful drama, set in crime-riddled South Central L.A., became a benchmark for a new wave of black American cinema in the early 1990s and, in addition to boasting commanding turns from Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, helped to launch the screen careers of a remarkable constellation of talent, including Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, and Regina King.
June 13, 2016
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It's true that Boyz n the Hood is "no fairy tale," as its poster claims, but the film could certainly be accused of sharing that genre's lack of nuance. Looking back on it 25 years later, it's hard not to view some of Singleton's directorial touches as hamfisted haymakers: the opening shot; Furious's winding diatribe on the evils of gentrification; the many lingering shots of blood, viscera, and violence. But it's this earnest straightforwardness that provides the film much of its power.
September 02, 2016
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