The story of three young black teenagers, growing up in the ghettos of South Central Los Angeles. A film about coming-of-age and the importance of parental guidance.
In his feature film debut, African-American director John Singleton aimed to show a different side of America , as the characters point out – one that is evaded in mainstream media. Tackles the subject of racial diversity and crime in areas of Los Angeles that are obscured by the glitz and glamour of the city. Racial separation is still a problem today, 25 years after this film was made, and it is not as one-sided and one-dimensional as is often thought.
Boyz was highly influential in cinema and pop culture and earned the then 23-year-old Singleton an Academy Award nomination for Best Director – the youngest and first African-American to receive the honor. The impact the film had can be seen everywhere, from music videos to video games.
Excellent performances from Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Laurence Fishburne as our main character, Tre and his father, Furious. Street symbolism is used throughout and adds additional dimension to the story.
Boyz n The Hood Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut, Ice Cube, Angela Bassett