7.8/10
92,574
182 user 63 critic

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | | Crime, Drama | 12 July 1991 (USA)
Trailer
1:55 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
1,227 ( 17)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Friday (1995)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by ten p.m. that same night. In that time, they smoke more weed, get jacked, and they get shot at in a drive-by.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu
Juice (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
Next Friday (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Uncle Elroy and Day Day owe money on taxes so Craig finds a way to steal from the next door neighbors to pay off the taxes so Uncle Elroy's house doesn't get put up for auction.

Director: Steve Carr
Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Justin Pierce
New Jack City (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne
Above the Rim (1994)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.

Director: Jeff Pollack
Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon
Notorious (2009)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Stars: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Craig and Day Day have finally moved out of their parents houses and into their own crib. The cousins work nights at a local mall as security guards. When their house is robbed on Christmas... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Raboy
Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon
8 Mile (2002)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap, harder than it may seem.

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.

Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: 50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Baby Boy (2001)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years, even though he's got a child of his own. Romantically, he's having ... See full summary »

Director: John Singleton
Stars: AlexSandra Wright, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hudhail Al-Amir ...
S.A.T. Man
...
Knucklehead #2
...
Mia Bell ...
Female Club Member
Lexie Bigham ...
Mad Dog
Kenneth A. Brown ...
Little Chris
Nicole Brown ...
Ceal ...
Sheryl
...
Darneicea Corley ...
Keisha
...
Lewis Crump (as John Cothran Jr.)
...
Doughboy / Darren
Na'Blonka Durden ...
Trina (as Na' Blonka Durden)
Susan Falcon ...
Mrs. Olaf
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ...
Officer Coffey (as Jesse Ferguson)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Increase the peace See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boys in the Hood  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$57,504,069 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The self-hating black police officer was based on a cop whom John Singleton encountered as a kid. Singleton felt it was critical to show this officer to show how racist black police could be towards black people. This particular scene with the police officer is an accurate portrayal of a self-hating person of color in a position (from a public servant to an employer) - a YouTube channel (The Advise Show TV) hosted by a Houston, Texas radio personality aired 2 clips via a YouTube upload where he describes a self hating person of color as an Uncle Ruckus (named after a character in The Boondocks) in a position to harm African Americans based on clichéd stereotypes where undisclosed colorism does exist. The comment section with the YouTube videos associated had one reference to this particular scene from the film. Additionally, many of the other characters were inspired by people Singleton knew in real life. See more »

Goofs

When Trey and Ricky are on their way to school in the morning, the camera rig is visible on the driver's side of the car. See more »

Quotes

[complaining about TV news coverage]
Doughboy: Either they don't know, don't show, or don't care about what's going on in the hood. They had all this foreign shit. They didn't have shit on my brother, man.
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the epilogue of what happens to Doughboy and Tre, the words "Boyz n the Hood: Increase the Peace" appears onscreen See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jason Alexander/Peter Gabriel (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Every Single Weekend
Written by Ice Cube, Kam (as KAM) and Boogie Men Music
Produced by Ice Cube and Boogie Men Productions
Performed by Kam (as KAM)
Courtesy of Street Knowledge Productions
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rick, it's the Nineties. Can't afford to be afraid of our own people anymore, man.
31 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

1991

"One out of every twenty-one Black American males will be murdered in their lifetime"

"Most will die at the hands of another Black male"

"Increase The Peace" is the closing message of John Singleton's powerful, intelligent and affecting call for calm in South Central Los Angeles. Often mistakenly presumed by those who haven't seen it to be a film that glamorises violence, Singleton's debut film takes us into South Central and holds us there by just shooting the story. No trickery or overtly moralistic posturing from the director {and writer}, just an unpretentious look at life in a modern ghetto.

The story follows three black teenagers as they ponder on what life holds for them as adulthood lurks from around the corner. Brothers Doughboy {Ice Cube} and Ricky Baker {Morris Chestnut} and best friend Tre Styles {Cuba Gooding Jr}, each have the usual worries that come with leaving the teenage years behind. Parents, girls, careers, not returning to the pen! But this is no ordinary coming of age drama, we have been party to this neighbourhood that these boys live in. This is a place where a trip to the store can get you killed in a drive by shooting. A place where those keen to learn, and do their homework have their muse shattered by the frequent sound of gunshots and sirens filling the South Central night.

Tho Singleton can be accused of painting some of his characters as too saintly, he should be forgiven since this is after all, a message movie. Besides which his portrait of this particular neighbourhood is done from honest memory since he himself be a former youth of South Central LA. There in lies one of Boyz's trump cards, Singleton, thru his own observations, asks of those in "The Hood" to take responsibility for what they do. Something that is potently given narrative credence courtesy of Tre's father's {a fabulous understated Laurence Fishburne} deep musings. Once the built up tension explodes with the inevitable tragedy that all should be ready for, the impact is like a sledgehammer hitting bone. Not in a blood letting for impact sake, but with it's aftermath as a family soaks up the situation. It gives 90s cinema one of its most affecting and damning scenes, one that once viewed is hard to fully shake out of the memory bank. Here Singleton could possibly have bowed out of the story, but he goes further, expanding the aftermath and taking us, along with the characters, to it's final "Increase The Peace" dénouement.

It's been called everything from an After School Special to the most important Black American movie made thus far. I agree with the last assessment. 9/10


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What would Ricky have done? ramcamcole
Ferris should have been Rob (football taker) ThaJeanniesis
This or Menace II Society? dankdiesel
the white teacher at the beggining goochier04
How does everyone feel about Doughboy? Candyliciousxox
cops racist against their own race- a common thing then and now? guygrod
Discuss Boyz n the Hood (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?