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Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)

"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of several U.S. films about being in the 'Hood', for instance "Boyz n the Hood", "South Central", "... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ashtray
... Loc Dog
... Dashiki
... Preach
Suli McCullough ... Crazy Legs
... Toothpick (as Darrell Heath)
... Loc Dog's Grandma
... Doo Rag
... Ashtray's Father (as Lahmard Tate)
... Mailman
... Dave the Crackhead
Craig Wayans ... Thug #1
... Birthday Boy Thug
Joe Scott ... Birthday Cake Boy (as Joe 'Nub' Scott)
... Mrs. Johnson
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"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of several U.S. films about being in the 'Hood', for instance "Boyz n the Hood", "South Central", "Menace II Society", "Higher Learning" and "Juice". We follow Ashtray as he returns to the place he grew up in and meet his father and his basket-case friends. Crazy stuff happens. For example, Ashtray is older than his father and his best friend Loc Dog's grandmother is a trigger-happy old lady who blames her eccentric-looking kid for not being tough enough. Written by Rune Dahl Fitjar <rfitjar@online.no>

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Finally, the movie that proves that Justice isn't always Poetic, Jungle Fever isn't always pretty, and Higher Learning can be a waste of time.

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for strong language, sexuality, some drug content and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don't Be a Menace  »

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Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,109,115
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| (2005 unrated)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A trailer for the film included the tagline, "It's the only movie released this year with fourteen words in its title" See more »

Goofs

When Toothpick and his gang are leaving the confrontation with Loc Dog and Ashtray at the "40's & 9's" store, they drive in reverse in a Pontiac GTO. However, you hear a gear change - Pontiac GTO's didn't come with two or more reverse speeds. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Johnson: Ain't that some shit!
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Crazy Credits

Robert Schimmel is listed in the opening credits, yet he does not appear anywhere in the film, and is missing from the end credits. See more »

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Spoofs Higher Learning (1995) See more »

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Can't Be Wasting My Time
As Performed by Mona Lisa featuring Lost Boyz (One Dread One Ball Head Version)
Written by A. Antione, A. Evans, J. Austin, T. Patterson, G. Duncan, Lost Boyz
Mass Avenue Music/Motown Tunes
Administered by PolyGram International Publishing, Inc./Vanessa Music Corp./My Two Sons Publishing
All rights administered by The Clyde Otis Music Group/Mr. Sex Publishing (ASCAP)
Original Version Produced by Andre Evans and Bob Antoine for Mass Avenue Productions
One Dread One Ball Head Version Produced by Tim Dawg (as Buttnaked Tim Dawg) and Mr. Sex 4 One Dread One Ball Head Productions
Co-Produced by Stanley Brown
Contains a sample of "MC's Act Like They Don't Know"
Performed by KRS-One (as KRS-ONE)
Written by KRS-One (as L. Parker) and C. Martin
Published by B.D.P. Music (administered by Zomba Recording Corp.)/EMI-April Music, Inc./Gifted Pearl Music
Courtesy of Jive Records/Zomba Recording Corporation.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Lost Boyz appear courtesy of Uptown/MCA Records, Inc.
(P) 1995 Island Records, Inc., a PolyGram Company
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timing is everything
15 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

I was watching an old "Honeymooners" rerun with a friend and we came to Jackie Gleason's Ralph's inevitable "To the moon, Alice!" expression of frustration with his wife, and suddenly I realized that it WAS inevitable, so why were we laughing, having heard it a dozen times before? My friend pointed out that Gleason's timing - the manner in which he held his slow-burn, the widening of his eyes, the sudden "Bang! Zoom" take off into the line - was what always made it funny. We weren't laughing at the line so much at the performance of it.

"Don't Be A Menace" is the most obvious collection of predictable gags and bits I have seen in a long time, but it is by far the funniest. The Wayans are rather stuck - the genres they parody here have very rigid conventions, so much so that there is usually only one or two gags one can use to mock them - e.g., when a young gangsta warns us that many young men in the 'hood don't live to see their 21st birthday, we all know what's coming next. So the Wayans handle it in a manner that delays the punchline while emphasizing its obviousness. Thus we laugh with them, appreciating the way they pull it off, and recognizing the gangsta genre limit that's getting parodied, rather than at the bit itself.

Just about the whole movie operates on this level, and for this reason has become one of my favorite comedies. The Wayans capture every moment with a dead-on rhythm that blends the gags into a kind of music. Shawn plays the steady bass while Marlon does some wild riffing. Other characters and bits drop in and out like improvisation and sound effects. Keenan Wayans drops in every now and then like the voice on a scratch dub. The tempo could have been a little swifter, but the rhythm itself is excellent.

Comedy like this is very tricky, and I personally didn't think the Wayans' efforts in the "Scary Movie" films were quite as successful - but here they move it right along.

It's rude, it's crude, it's in-yor-face - and it's just a delight to watch.


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