• Boyz N the Hood (1991)

Boyz N the Hood

Release Date: 1991

DVD Release Date: July 14th, 1998

R |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is sent to live with his father, Furious Styles (Larry Fishburne), in tough South Central Los Angeles. Although his hard-nosed father instills proper values and respect in him, and his devout girlfriend Brandi (Nia Long) teaches him about faith, Tre's friends Doughboy (Ice Cube) and Ricky (Morris Chestnut) don't have the same kind of support and are drawn into the neighborhood's booming drug and gang culture, with increasingly tragic results.

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube , Cuba Gooding Jr., Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Tyra Ferrell, Angela Bassett, Meta King

Director: John Singleton

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Growing up, 1980s, Son, Gritty, School, Father, 1990s, Mother, Quest, Friend, Los Angeles

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 100
    Duane ByrgeThe Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 70
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    Mr. Singleton is a very good storyteller, but every once in a while he stops his story cold with speeches. You can feel the audience lost interest, as though a commercial has suddenly popped on screen. [18 July 1991, p.A9(E)]

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