Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
|Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paris Barclay|
|Produced by||Keenen Ivory Wayans
Eric L. Gold
|Written by||Shawn Wayans
Vivica A. Fox
Tracey Cherelle Jones
|Music by||John Barnes|
|Editing by||Marshall Harvey
Ivory Way Productions
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Running time||89 minutes
94 minutes (Unrated)
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is a 1996 American parody/comedy film by Shawn and Marlon Wayans. Similarly to I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, the film spoofs a number of black, coming-of-age, 'hood films' such as Juice, Jungle Fever, South Central, Higher Learning, "Boyz N The Hood" Do the Right Thing, Poetic Justice, New Jack City, Dead Presidents, Friday, and most prominently Boyz n the Hood and Menace II Society, all primarily released between 1988 and 1995, and also mixes the names of a few of those titles to form the long title of the film. Some actors in the film also starred in the films the movie parodies, a few even in the same scenes and characters.
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Ashtray (Shawn Wayans), Tray for short, is sent to the inner city to live with his father. Tray gets an education about life on the streets from his psychotic, gun-toting cousin Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans), self-hater Preach (Chris Spencer), and Crazy Legs (Suli McCullough). At a picnic Tray falls for the infamous Dashiki (Tracey Cherelle Jones) much to the distaste of ex-convict Toothpick (Darrell Heath). While Ashtray and Loc Dog head to buy some snacks, Toothpick and his posse confront Ashtray and hold him at gunpoint, until Loc Dog threatens them and they flee. Loc Dog and Ashtray are then confronted by 'The Man' who tosses his gun to them and leaves.
Meanwhile, Ashtray and Loc-Dog's Grandma rides to church and another elderly woman disses her and they have a breakdancing contest in the church in which Grandma wins.
Ashtray visits Dashiki where they engage in sexual intercourse and Tray impregnates Dashiki. Feeling like he's not responsible enough to be the father, Dashiki kicks him out. One of Toothpicks soldiers threatens Ashtray, Loc Dog, Preach, and Crazy Legs. Loc Dog knocks him out as him and Preach proceed to stomp him, flattening him (literally). The quartet decides to get protection from their friend Old School. This tactic fails as Toothpick performs another drive-by and Crazy Legs is injured. Tray decides to confront Dashiki and be the father. Dashiki agrees to give Tray another try and they decide to leave the hood as planned. Ashtray and Loc Dog talk about Ashtray's departure as Toothpick and his posse prepare for another drive-by and he and Loc Dog clash as Ashtray flees and trips and is knocked out as Loc and Toothpick fight, until Grandma pops out of the dumpster and shoots Toothpick's car as he is flung out and he lands on a cop car. Preach and Dashiki find Ashtray hurt and he regains consciousness and kisses Dashiki. A woman finds Toothpick (who turns out to be his mother) and beats him with his shoe for stealing from her in the past.
Afterwards, everyone goes their separate ways, Ashtray and Dashiki marry and enjoy their lives, Loc Dog becomes a host and introduces himself with extreme profanity, Preach and his crush settle down and perform sexual intercourse, Crazy Legs becomes a dancer as he had dreamed of, and Grandma is, as Ashtray puts it, 'still Grandma' (showing her smoke marijuana).
- Shawn Wayans as Ashtray, the everyman, trying to make his way through a confusing world, is sent by his mother to live in the ghetto where his father might teach him how to become a man. Based on Tre Styles from Boyz n the Hood and Caine Lawson from Menace II Society.
- Vivica A. Fox as Ashtray's mother, whose one-scene cameo at the beginning ends with her son asking: "So will I see you again?" and her replying: "Sorry baby. You know there ain't no positive black females in these movies." Based on Reva Devereaux-Styles from Boyz n the Hood.
- Lahmard Tate as Ashtray's father, Ashtray's temperamental role model who dispenses sage advice to his son. According to Ashtray, is only "a couple years older than I am." Though many references were made to Ashtray possibly being older than he was, such as Ashtray attending a party that he wasn't allowed to go to, because he had to be "18 and older." Based on Furious Styles from Boyz n the Hood.
- Marlon Wayans as Loc Dog: Ashtray's cousin and gangsta/drug dealer/criminal. He drives a USPS delivery truck which is loaded in the back with ballistics. Based on "O-Dog" from Menace II Society and "Doughboy" from Boyz n the Hood
- Helen Martin as Grandma, Ashtray and Loc Dog's grandma; a marijuana-smoking, foul-mouthed, church-going old woman.
- Chris Spencer as Preach, Ashtray's friend and former gang member turned 'politically conscious' activist, who appears to have become either a born-again Christian or a devout Muslim, but is now just "confused"; he has a fetish for white girls. Based on Sharif from Menace II Society.
- Suli McCullough as Crazy Legs: Ashtray's friend; was paralyzed in a drive-by. Has a dream to be a pro dancer. Based on Chris from Boyz n the Hood.
- Tracey Cherelle Jones as Dashiki, the object of Ashtray's affections. A "hood mother" with seven kids by seven different men. Dashiki's address is 6969 Penetration Avenue. Based on Ronnie from Menace II Society and Justice from Poetic Justice.
- Isaiah Barnes as Doo Rag: Dashiki's oldest son and the only one of her kids who has more than one line of dialogue. He pulls a gun on Ashtray after losing a video game. When he admits he learned about guns from "cartoons and 'hood movies'", Ashtray passionately declares that he and Doo Rag are an endangered species—not because their lives are in danger, but because "rappers are taking all the good acting jobs!". The kid rolls his eyes as Ashtray lectures him about the values of education. Based on Anthony from Menace II Society
- Darrell Heath as Toothpick, Dashiki's ex-boyfriend, who was just released from prison and still acts like he's incarcerated. He swears he will kill Ashtray for romancing Dashiki.
- Bernie Mac as Officer Self Hatred, a cop who harasses Ashtray and Loc Dog. As he has Ashtray pinned against his squad car, he goes on and on about how much he hates black people and anything black. Based on the bully cop from Boyz n the Hood.
- Terri J. Vaughn as Keisha: A possessed woman that Loc Dog meets at a late-night party and takes to the cargo hold of his truck. While proceeding to have sex with her, she morphs into a demonic version of herself and proceeds to force Loc Dog to have sex with her. It is unknown what happened after this.
- Benjamin N. Everitt as The Man, a pale white man with red hair and glasses, who systematically robs a convenience store while the Korean owners are keeping a close, racist eye on Ashtray and Loc Dog and completely ignore his crimes. When Loc Dog is firing his gun at the owners and not hitting them, The Man fires his gun once and hits a hanging light that falls on the owners and kills them. He then tosses his gun to an unwitting Ashtray and Loc Dog, who mistakenly catch it as he peels off a single glove (a reference to the O.J. Simpson case) and scratches their names off his list of black men whom he's framed for crimes.
- Keenen Ivory Wayans as The Mailman; he pops up various times throughout the film shouting "Message!" whenever a moral lesson is spelled out, just in case the platitude was overlooked by the audience. At the end of the film, when Loc Dog gives a rambling speech ending with the film's title, he says "What the fuck is he talking about?"
Box office 
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood collected $8,112,884 from 1,010 theatres its opening weekend, opening at #2 at the box office, averaging $8,032 per theatre. By the end of its theatrical run, the film domestically grossed $20,109,115
Critical response 
|Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood: The Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||January 30, 1996|
|Recorded||April 1995– January 1996|
|Genre||Hip hop, R&B|
|Producer||RZA, Tim Dawg, Mr. Sex, Tizone, Mona Lisa, Erick Sermon, R. Kelly, Lord Jamar, Mobb Deep, Frankie Cutlass, T-Mor, Stanley Brown|
The soundtrack was released on January 30, 1996 by Island Records. It peaked at #18 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Allmusic rated this soundtrack three out of five stars.
- "Winter Warz" – 5:10 (Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, U-God, Raekwon & Cappadonna)
- "Renee" – 5:00 (Lost Boyz)
- "Funky Sounds" – 4:01 (Lil Bud & Tizone)
- "Give It Up" – 3:53 (Jodeci)
- "Can't Be Wasting My Time (One Dread One Ball Head Version)" – 4:34 (Mona Lisa featuring Lost Boyz)
- "Time to Shine" – 4:41 (Junior M.A.F.I.A's "Lil' Kim" featuring Mona Lisa)
- "Maintain" – 3:13 (Erick Sermon)
- "We Got More" – 3:07 (Shock G featuring The Luniz)
- "Let's Lay Together" – 4:42 (The Isley Brothers)
- "All the Things (Your Man Won't Do)" – 6:19 (Joe)
- "Tempo Slow" – 4:27 (R. Kelly)
- "Live Wires Connect" – 6:03 (UGK featuring Keith Murray & Lord Jamar)
- "Up North Trip" – 4:57 (Mobb Deep)
- "Freak It Out!" – 3:12 (Doug E. Fresh featuring Luke)
- "Suga Daddy" – 3:28 (Suga-T)
- "It's Time" – 5:25 (Blue Raspberry)
- "Don't Give Up" – 3:57 (The Island Inspirational All-Stars)
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- Godfrey Cheshire (January 14, 1996). "Film Reviews: Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood". Variety. Retrieved 2012-01-31.
- Bruce Fretts (January 26, 1996). "Movie Review: Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
- "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood". Deseret News. January 26, 1996. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
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- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Don't Be a Menace to South Central While You're Drinking Your Juice in the Hood: The Soundtrack at Allmusic
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