Why to Watch - Boyz n the Hood

Another classic, and a big deal when it was first released. If you want to see what it was like to live in 1990’s inner-city Los Angeles then check it out.



Boyz n the Hood (1991) Crime, Drama | 112min | July 12, 1991 (United States) 7.8
Director: John SingletonWriter: John SingletonStars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-AmirSummary: Writer and Director John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles, California takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together in the "hood". Half-brothers Doughboy (Ice Cube) and Ricky Baker (Morris Chestnut) are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the "All-American" athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while Doughboy succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), who is lucky to have a father, Furious Styles (Laurence Fishburne), to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. —Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>


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