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Title:
Boyz 'n the hood
Author:
Ice Cube (Musician), actor.
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [1998]

©1991
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
For three young men growing up in South Central Los Angeles, the "hood" is a place of drive-by shootings, unemployment, drugs and pain. But their reactions to the world around them vary-- one is an unambitious drug dealer, his brother is a college bound teenage father, and the brother's best friend is guided by a strong father who hopes for a better life for his son.
General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1991.

Bonus feature: theatrical trailer.
Language:
English

French

Spanish
Reading Level:
Rated R.
Local Note:
May be from the 3 DVD set, "John Singleton Collection."
Added Corporate Author:
Added Title:
John Singleton collection.
ISBN:
9780767811071

9780767870658
UPC:
043396508194

043396067691
Format :
DVD

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Status
Kenmore Library DVD 526 Adult DVD Audio Visual
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Director John Singleton's debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los Angeles. When young Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a bright underachiever, begins to show signs of trouble, his struggling professional mother (Angela Basset) sends him to live with his father (Lawrence Fishburne), a hard-nosed, no-nonsense disciplinarian. There he befriends Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a burgeoning football star, and Doughboy (Ice Cube, in a standout performance), a would-be gang banger. Over the years, each chooses his own path: Tre seems bound for college; Ricky is a blue-chip running back with his pick of schools; Doughboy is a dope dealer and bona fide gangster who drifts in and out of the county juvenile facility. All is well until, without warning, a rival gang chases down Tre and Ricky with tragic results. Doughboy immediately prepares for revenge, forcing Tre to decide whether to jeopardize his future and, perhaps, his life for the price of revenge and self-respect. Sometimes riveting, Boyz'N the Hood is not without its problems. The film tries to cram every single issue facing the black community into an hour and a half of screen time, making the film seem at times forced. The symbolism seems forced as well, and the film is often unbearably heavy-handed. Also, the characterization often relies on cardboard cut-outs; every white character in the film is a one-dimensional bigot, and the black police officer with whom Tre and his father deal is even worse than his Caucasian counterparts. Still, the unevenness of the film is redeemed by some moments of true brilliance. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi


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