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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Powerful Films Ever., June 17, 2002
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This review is from: Boyz 'N The Hood (DVD)
Boyz N the Hood was and still is one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen. Shot entirely in South Central LA to present the movie as realistic as possible. The movie debuted in theater back in 1991 and had an immediate impact on almost everyone who viewed it.
The story about 3 friends growing up in the hood in South Central LA. Each one with their own individual struggle and goals in life. Doughboy (Ice Cube) ,who is a drug dealer, has been in and out of trouble throughout his young life and seems to be happy with his surroundings. Doughboy's brother Ricky (Morris Chestnut) a teenage father with bright hopes and aspirations of becoming an NFL football player ; and Ricky's best friend Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) who hopes and dreams of higher education and an escape from the dwelling of the hood. "The Hood" where saying the wrong thing or looking at someone the wrong way can end in death. Tre's father (Larry Fishburne) is a responsible, educated and strict father who makes sure his son stays on the right track in achieving his goals in life. Teaching him about responsibility and keeping your cool in adverse situations in order to make a thoughtful descision. Tre's resolve will be tested when tragedy strikes close to home and revenge and murder seem like the only solution.
Fantastic direction by John Singleton and equally impressive acting by all characters are the reason Boyz N the Hood was such a huge success. It was nominated for two acedemy awards (Direction and Screenplay.) ... You have to see this one for yourself you won't be sorry.
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Initial post: Mar 25, 2016 10:46:50 AM PDT
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This film is set in the neighbourhood of the small cities in south east/central L.A. where I was born (Bell) and first went to elementary school (Southgate), as one of only two white kids in the school, and where my mother liked best to go shopping (Watts). So, as a minority poor white kid, I got to know this area pretty well. I came back there frequently throughout the 1950s and beginning of the 1960s, because my beloved paternal grandmother continued to live there. The area was poor and run-down back then, in the mid- to late-1940s, and it still is very deprived, the only really notable thing that is different being the increased presence of Hispanics and the heightened violence.

It was tense in the 1940s and just got worse as time went by. It's great, though, seeing those mean streets that I got to know so well, here as seen on film!
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