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Menace II Society
Menace II Society
- 1h 44m
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In an unflinching look at the mean streets of the contemporary urban American ghetto, a Black youth--despite his dreams for a better life--ultimately succumbs to the cycle of violence that pervades his community.
© 1993 New Line Productions, Inc.
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Critics Consensus: Told with grit and verve by the Hughes brothers in their feature debut, Menace II Society is a gangland epic that breathes with authenticity while steeped in style.
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Common Sense Says
Intense '90s film about oppression has violence, drugs.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Menace II Society is a bleak, violent, expletive-infused 1993 portrait of the dim prospects for young black men trying to escape the ghetto and to rise above the racism that put them there. The message is that in many ways, the grim outcomes, the high murder rate, and the high incarceration rate for young black men are in some sense predetermined by a social system designed to keep them from succeeding, sadly still relevant today. The world depicted here is almost completely devoid of tenderness, warmth, and caring, with the exception of a few enduring loyalties. Expect situations in which violence is an automatic over-reaction to even small annoyances, where friends pull guns on one another, and guys get shot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Key characters are drug dealers. Preparation of illicit drugs is shown. Characters drink alcohol and smoke marijuana and cigarettes. Language includes hundreds of uses of "f--k" and the "N" word as well as "s--t," "p---y," and "d--k." A 5-year-old is handed a gun. Men constantly denigrate each other by calling each other words that negatively refer to women, including "bitch" and "ho." Sex is implied. A man is accused of getting a girl pregnant, which he says is impossible since he wore a condom. A girl who is pregnant is shocked that the father wants no part in helping her. This movie isn't appropriate for kids and could be difficult to watch for many older teens.
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- Release Date:January 1, 1993
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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