Boyz N the Hood

Boyz N the Hood
Boyz N the Hood
  • R
  • 1h 52m
  • 1991
Certified Fresh96%
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Boyz N the Hood is the critically acclaimed story of three friends growing up in a South Central Los Angeles neighborhood, and of street life where friendship, pain, danger and love combine to form reality. "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.
© 1991 , 1992 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh96%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and thematically rich, Boyz N the Hood observes urban America with far more depth and compassion than many of the like-minded films its success inspired.
Peter Bradshaw

Boyz N the Hood is a passionate drama shot with fluency and style, a study of what amounts to life...

June 25, 2017
Little White Lies
David Jenkins

It feels like it should be cheesy and manipulative, but the utter sincerity lifts it immeasurable.

June 25, 2017
Chicago Tribune
Gene Siskel

It's always risky to proclaim a new force in film based upon just one film, but Boyz N the Hood is...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Powerful, old-school look at life surrounded by violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Boyz n the Hood is the 1991 directing debut from John Singleton. Violence permeates almost every aspect of life in South Central Los Angeles. Guns are prominent, and several shootings are shown with blood and bloody wounds but not much other gore. Profanity is almost nonstop, with "f--k," the "N" word, "s--t," and sexist slurs are frequent (women are constantly referred to as "bitches," "hos," and "hoochies"). A couple of sex scenes show a single breast, otherwise there are a few deep kisses, one with tops open. Characters are almost always shown holding large bottles of malt liquor. Many background characters smoke, and Tre's father smokes frequently. Doughboy buys drugs and a minor character almost always has a pacifier. The success and panache of N.W.A. and a young Ice Cube may spark teen interest, and parents may be concerned that Boyz glorifies a "gangsta" lifestyle. It doesn’t, but it will spark a lot of thought in older teens ready to tackle some of society’s biggest problems.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:July 12, 1991
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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