“BOYZ N THE HOOD is the critically acclaimed story of three friends growing up in a South Central Los Angeles neighborhood, and of street life where friendship, pain, danger and love combine to form reality.” – Sony PicturesThe film seems to mirror the plight of young African American men growing up in America’s inner cities at the same time period. If you look closely as you watch the film you will notice subtle imagery and character lines that speak to different issues that plagued the community they are in.
“The Hood” is a place where drive-by shootings and unemployment are rampant. “… a world where a trip to the store can end in death” – Sony Pictures
It is immediately apparent this film is not set in the luxury rich neighborhoods of L.A. You are in the “Hood”. The film starts off when these boys are in elementary schools. From the beginning you get a glimpse of the raw, rough, and uncensored life these boys are growing up in. It is apparent, from the language used and the subject matters discussed, that these kids are absent from innocence. like the movie being watched, these young characters are exposed to an R rated life. This is the side effects of the neighborhood they are in.
“In inner-city America, where one in every 21 young men will die of gunshot wounds, and most of them will be shot by other young men, it is not simply a question of whether the child will do well in school, or find a useful career: It is sometimes whether the child will live or die.” – Roger and Ebert
As you watch the film pay attention to the subtle hints of the causes of the issues they are facing. There is plenty of imagery and character lines that describe where these issues are coming from. Particularly pay attention to Furious Style (lawrence fishburne). He and Tre’s mother offer plenty of insight on what challenges are ahead for these kids.
- gentrification (the placement of liquor stores and gun selling pawn shops)
- gang violence
- an absence of police or coverage
- an absence of parental figures in the boys’ lives
- and mostly poverty
“Their 25,000 or so members, often armed with automatic weapons, vastly outnumber the police and are said by local law-enforcement officials to have become the central distributors of rock cocaine, or crack, throughout the American West” – New York Times
“The police say Los Angeles has become the gang capital of the nation. “- New York Times
In all this film is a moving story of growing up in poverty and black in america. If you watch this film notice how” the friends have diverse reactions to their bleak surroundings” – sony pictures description. Prepare yourself for laughter and sorrow. The Acting, from a star-studded cast, is executed to perfection. One of director John singleton’s best works.