7.7/10
121,312
238 user 88 critic

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | | Crime, Drama | 12 July 1991 (USA)
Trailer
2:37 | Trailer
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence, and future prospects.

Director:

John Singleton

Writer:

John Singleton
Reviews
Popularity
1,232 ( 39)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hudhail Al-Amir Hudhail Al-Amir ... S.A.T. Man
Lloyd Avery II ... Knucklehead #2
Angela Bassett ... Reva Styles
Miya McGhee Miya McGhee ... Female Club Member (as Mia Bell)
Lexie Bigham ... Mad Dog
Kenneth A. Brown Kenneth A. Brown ... Little Chris
Nicole Brown Nicole Brown ... Brandi - Age 10
Ceal Ceal ... Sheryl
Morris Chestnut ... Ricky Baker
Darneicea Corley Darneicea Corley ... Keisha
John Cothran ... Lewis Crump (as John Cothran Jr.)
Ice Cube ... Doughboy / Darren
Na'Blonka Durden Na'Blonka Durden ... Trina (as Na' Blonka Durden)
Susan Falcon Susan Falcon ... Mrs. Olaf
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ... Officer Coffey (as Jesse Ferguson)
Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu
Friday (1995)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two homies, Smokey and Craig Jones, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the two hundred dollars they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The rap group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
Juice (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
Next Friday (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Uncle Elroy and Day Day owe money on taxes so Craig finds a way to steal from the next door neighbors to pay off the taxes so Uncle Elroy's house doesn't get put up for auction.

Director: Steve Carr
Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Justin Pierce
New Jack City (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In this movie, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice (Janet Jackson), a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King
Notorious (2009)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The life and death story of The Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Stars: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke
Baby Boy (2001)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In South Central L.A., a misguided 20-year-old African-American man, a "baby boy", faces the commitments of real life.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Alexsandra Wright, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two cousins work nights at a local mall as security guards. When their house is robbed on Christmas Eve they team up to track the robber down.

Director: Marcus Raboy
Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A parody of several U.S. films about being in the 'Hood', for instance Boyz n the Hood (1991), South Central (1992), Menace II Society (1993), Higher Learning (1995) and Juice (1992).

Director: Paris Barclay
Stars: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans
Paid in Full (2002)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience.

Director: Charles Stone III
Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, Chi McBride
Edit

Storyline

Writer and Director John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles, California takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together in the "hood". Half-brothers Doughboy (Ice Cube) and Ricky Baker (Morris Chestnut) are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the "All-American" athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while Doughboy succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), who is lucky to have a father, Furious Styles (Laurence Fishburne), to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Once upon a time in South Central L.A. ... It ain't no fairy tale. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

John Singleton's writing and directing debut. See more »

Goofs

When Furious is talking to Little Chris about raking his leaves, Chris is kneeling on his skateboard. In the next shot he is standing up holding it. See more »

Quotes

Furious Styles: What'd you use?
Tre Styles: I used the number she gave me... Why you sweating me? I didn't have to use nothing. She said she was on the pill.
Furious Styles: How many times do I have I told you, if a girl says she's on the pill, you use somethin anyway. Pill ain't goin' to keep your dick from falling off. I don't know why you insist on learning things the hard way, but you gon' learn. Oh yeah, you gon' learn. Pick up that hair.
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the epilogue of what happens to Doughboy and Tre, the words "Boyz n the Hood: Increase the Peace" appears onscreen See more »

Alternate Versions

The Criterion Collection laserdisc features two scenes deleted from the theatrical version. They are as follows: Tre and his mother have a telephone conversation about his future with Brandi and college. Doughboy has a confrontation with Furious after Ricky gets shot. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Young
Written, Produced and Performed by Hi-Five
Courtesy of Jive Records
See more »

User Reviews

Remarkable Film From First-Time Director
19 April 2004 | by evanreverbSee all my reviews

An exemplary directorial debut from John Singleton, who managed to create an American classic with his first effort.

As we follow Tre Styles from childhood toward becoming a young adult (as played effectively by Cuba Gooding, Jr.), and attempting to dodge, with the cautious guidance of his parents, the many dangers and risks associated with growing up in inner-city America, the sense of ever-present danger and, often, hopelessness associated with attempting to avoid falling into the cracks of society is abundantly clear.

In the role of Tre's troubled friend Dough Boy, Ice Cube is something of a revelation, and his balanced performance, alongside Singleton's excellent script, prevent him from becoming merely another gangster caricature. Lawrence Fishburne and Morris Chestnut add further depth to a strong cast.

All in all a very real, gritty depiction of the challenges faced at every turn by African American men and women in modern America. The building anger bristling beneath the surface in so many scenes is particularly resonant given the outburst of violence in the Rodney King Riots that took place in the very same city of the story just one year later.

The film spawned several 'urban gang flick' imitations in subsequent years, but most glorified violence and placed an emphasis on a loud soundtrack and sexual explicitness at the expense of strong plot-line, good character development and a serious social message.

All three are to be found in Boyz N the Hood.


57 of 73 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 238 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boys in the Hood See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,023,462, 14 July 1991

Gross USA:

$57,504,069

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,529,070
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed