Boyz N The Hood (1991)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1991.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by John Singleton.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Director John Singleton knocked the socks off the movie industry when he directed this poignant, intelligent and unforgettable drama at the age of 23. It stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as a young man growing up in the ‘hood’ of Los Angeles after his parents divorce and he goes to live with his father (a perfectly cast Laurence Fishburne).

Part of the movie focuses on his childhood, while the rest is a fantastic examination of his teenage life with his friends and family as they navigate personal crises, racism and the violence that mars his neighbourhood’s richly-knit family life.

Singleton doesn’t shy away from the negative aspects of his subject, but he doesn’t paint a cheerfully optimistic picture either; the film’s joys are triumphs and its sorrows are tragic, and it is his level-minded approach to the story that makes it so satisfying and important.  Angela Bassett is a knockout as Gooding, Jr.’s mom, while Fishburne steals every scene he’s in.

Academy Award Nominations Best Director (John Singleton); Best Original Screenplay


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