A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker 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 'Dough' 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, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
A young 23 year old director named John Singleton burst onto the scene in 91 with his feature debut Boyz N Tha Hood. What a way to start at the top, and work your way down.
Singleton has never truly capitalised on the critical and commercial success of this film, which is unfortunate. This is the film that began the acting careers of both Cuba Gooding Jr. (a future Oscar winner) and rapper Ice Cube, with rock solid support from Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett (who would later co-star together in What's Love Got To Do With It) and Morris Chestnut. It also began a seemingly endless string of imitators that where half as intelligent and twice as violent.
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