Boyz n the Hood
|Boyz n the Hood|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Singleton|
|Produced by||Steven Nicolaides|
|Written by||John Singleton|
|Music by||Stanley Clarke|
|Edited by||Bruce Cannon|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$57.5 million (North America)|
Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American teen hood drama film written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Larry Fishburne, Nia Long and Angela Bassett, depicting life in South Central Los Angeles, California. This was the first film debut for Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut.
Boyz n the Hood filmed in South Central Los Angeles, California from October 1 to November 28, 1990 and released in the United States on July 12, 1991. It was nominated for both Best Director and Original Screenplay during the 1991 Academy Awards, making Singleton the youngest person ever nominated for Best Director and the first African–American to be nominated for the award.
The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. In 2002, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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In 1984, ten-year-old Tre Styles (Desi Arnez Hines II) lives with his single mother Reva Devereaux (Angela Bassett) in Inglewood, California. After Tre gets involved in a fight at school, his teacher calls Reva and informs her that although Tre is rather intelligent, he is immature, and lacks respect. Frightened about the future of her child, Reva sends him to live in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Central with his father, Furious Styles (Laurence Fishburne), from whom she hopes Tre will learn valuable life lessons.In Crenshaw, Tre reunites with his childhood friends, Darrin "Doughboy" Baker, Doughboy's maternal half-brother Ricky, and Chris, their mutual friend. That night, Tre hears his father shooting at a burglar who tried to rob the house. LAPD officers arrive more than an hour later, and the officers, particularly the African-American officer treat Furious with disrespect and contempt.
Seven years later, a "welcome home" party is being held in the Baker home. Doughboy (Ice Cube) who has just been released from prison and lost a lot of weight, is now a part of the Crips, along with Chris (Redge Green), now in a wheelchair from a gunshot wound, "Dookie" (Dedrick D. Gobert), and "Monster". Ricky (Morris Chestnut), now a star running-back for Crenshaw High School, lives at home with his mother Brenda (Tyra Ferrell), girlfriend Shanice (Alysia Rogers), and their toddler son. Meanwhile, Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) has grown into a mature and responsible teenager, who hopes to attend college with his girlfriend, Brandi (Nia Long).
Later, during a local street racing gathering, Ricky is provoked by Ferris (Raymond Turner), a Bloods member. In defense of Ricky, Doughboy, now a Crips member himself, brandishes his .45 ACP handgun, leading to a brief argument between the two gangs. After they leave, Tre and Ricky are pulled over by an LAPD patrol; the lead officer turns out to be the same one who responded to the burglary call made by Furious seven years earlier. The officer deliberately intimidates and threatens Tre with his gun. Distraught, Tre goes to Brandi's house, where they have sex for the first time.
The next afternoon, Ricky has a fight with Doughboy, with Brenda quickly taking Ricky's side and berating Doughboy. Ricky and Tre walk to a nearby drugstore, just as the mailman delivers a letter with Ricky's SAT results. Ricky and Tre see Ferris and the Bloods driving around the neighborhood and cut through back alleys and separate to avoid them. After they both get separated, the Bloods find Ricky and gun him down, killing him. Tre and Doughboy carry Ricky's corpse back home, where Brenda and Shanice hysterically blame Doughboy, who unsuccessfully tries to comfort them. Later that night, Brenda sobs over Ricky's test results, discovering he earned a 710, just enough to qualify for the USC scholarship he wanted.
Angered and distraught, the remaining boys vow vengeance on the Bloods. Furious finds Tre preparing to take his .357 Magnum pistol, but eventually convinces him to abandon his plans for revenge. However, Brandi and Furious catch Tre sneaking out of his bedroom window to join Doughboy. Later that night, as the gang drives around the city, Tre asks to be let out of the car. and returns home, realizing that his father was right to keep him from falling into the cycle of violence. Doughboy finds the Bloods eating at a local fast-food restaurant, and Monster opens fire on them with a Type 56 assault rifle in a drive-by shooting through an empty parking lot. Doughboy gets out of his car and personally executes Ferris and the other wounded gang member while Ferris begs for his life in vain, avenging Ricky's death.
The next morning, Doughboy visits Tre, now understanding Tre's reasons for abandoning the gang. Doughboy knows that he will soon face retaliation for Ferris' death, and accepts the consequences of his crime-ridden life. He plaintively questions why America "don't know, don't show, or don't care about what's going on in the hood." He sorrowfully says that he has no brothers left now after Ricky's death, but is embraced by Tre, who says Doughboy "still got one brother left." Doughboy then walks away, pouring out his malt liquor.
In the epilogue text, it is revealed that Doughboy is murdered two weeks later in retaliation. However, Tre and Brandi resume their relationship, and go on to attend Morehouse and Spelman in Atlanta, respectively.
- Cuba Gooding Jr. (Desi Arnez Hines II, young) as Trey "Tre" Styles, son of Furious and Crenshaw High School senior. Under his father, Furious, he became a responsible adult and works at the Fox Hills Mall and has a girlfriend, Brandi. He is hoping to attend college to have a normal life.
- Ice Cube (Baha Jackson, young) as Darrin "Doughboy" Baker, maternal half-brother of Ricky, and one of Tre's closest friends. He is a high-school dropout and a juvenile delinquent who never knew his father, and lives with his uncaring mother who clearly favors Ricky over him. He is street-smart, but aggressive. He earned his nickname for being overweight when he was little and is a Crips member.
- Larry Fishburne as Jason "Furious" Styles, father of Tre. He was dating Reva in his teens, and when she got pregnant, Furious was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. He was briefly married to her, but they divorced and Furious moved to Crenshaw. He is an intelligent young man and hopes to teach Tre life lessons and to raise him fairly and teach him to avoid making the same mistakes that he made when he was his age.
- Morris Chestnut (Donovan McCrary, young) as Ricky Baker, maternal half-brother of Doughboy and all-star football player at Crenshaw High School, Tre's best friend. He is naive and mostly under Doughboy's shadow. He hopes to attend college as well, by getting a sports football scholarship at USC.
- Nia Long as Brandi, Tre's girlfriend. She attends a private catholic school and started dating Tre at 16, and liked his maturity and wish to go to college, which she wishes herself. However, she wanted to remain in a clear non-sexual relationship due to her catholic faith, but Tre, who was going through puberty, didn't. However, they lose their virginity together. They later move to Atlanta and both attend college.
- Angela Bassett as Reva Devereaux, mother of Tre. She had a hard time raising him, since she was only 17 when Tre was born. While she couldn't handle living with Furious, she still saw him as a man with a good heart and sent Tre to live with him, since she was sure that Furious would treat him right and teach him good life lessons.
- Tyra Ferrell as Brenda Baker, mother of Doughboy and Ricky. She favors Ricky, and despises Doughboy which causes him to feel unloved and ignored.
- Redge Green (Kenneth A. Brown, young) as Chris.
- Dedrick D. Gobert as Dookie.
- Baldwin C. Sykes as Monster.
- Tracey Lewis-Sinclair as Shaniqua.
- Alysia Rogers as Shanice, Ricky's girlfriend and the mother of his son.
- Regina King as Shalika.
- Lexie Bigham as Mad Dog.
- Raymond Turner as Ferris.
- Lloyd Avery II as Thug #2, Ricky's shooter
- Tammy Hansen Grady as Rosa.
- Mia Bell as female gang member.
- Duncan Ferris as furious drug dealer.
Boyz n the Hood received universal acclaim. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 96% based on 49 reviews, with an average score of 8.3/10, making the film a "Certified Fresh" on the website's rating system. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 73%, based on 18 reviews, which indicates "Generally favorable reviews".
The film has been referenced innumerable times in other works, including works by Lupe Fiasco, Game and by Ice Cube himself. In 1994, British jungle DJ duo Remarc and Lewi produced a song titled "Ricky". The song itself is built up of various sound bites from the movie, particularly the scene where Ricky is murdered. Ice Cube's song, "It Was a Good Day", also slightly references the film.
On the July 12, 2011 episode of her self-titled talk show, Mo'Nique celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of Boyz n the Hood with director John Singleton, Cuba Gooding Jr., Yo-Yo, and Regina King.
Awards and accolades
- Nominee, Best Director, John Singleton
- Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, John Singleton
BMI Film Music Award: 1992
- Winner, Stanley Clarke
Image Award: 1993
- Winner, Outstanding Motion Picture, Boyz n the Hood
- Nominee, Best Movie, Boyz n the Hood
- Winner, Best New Filmmaker, John Singleton
National Film Preservation Board, USA: 2002
- National Film Registry, Boyz n the Hood
- Winner, Best New Director, John Singleton
Political Film Society, USA: 1992
- Winner, PFS Award, Peace
- Nominee, PFS Award, Exposé
- Nominee, PFS Award, Human Rights
Writers Guild of America, USA: 1992
- Nominee, WGA Award (Screen), Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, John Singleton
- Winner, Young Artist Award, Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
In 2007, Boyz n the Hood was selected as one of the 50 Films To See in your lifetime by Channel 4.
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