Boyz N the Hood is much more than just a 90’s gangster film. It has all of the typical stuff – drugs, murder, sex, revenge – but it also explores issues like poverty and broken families. You really can’t help rooting for the “boys in the hood” even while they’re doing some messed up stuff. In some ways you empathize. It’s the kind of movie that leaves you thinking about it for days after watching it and hoping that there’s some way you can magically fix all of society’s ills. The film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director.
If you haven’t seen it, Boyz N the Hood is an iconic movie about 3 boys growing up in L.A.. Tre, Ricky, and Doughboy, are all childhood friends who grew up together in the hood of South Central. Each of these young men have had to deal with their fair share of tragedy growing up. For that reason, none of them think they know everything about life – nor are they hardened criminals like most of the other kids on their block.
The movie tells the story of the three young boys as they deal with all of the violence and turmoil of their neighborhood while simply trying to pursue typical adolescent activities.
“Boyz N the Hood” not “Boys in the Hood”
I think now would be a good time to share that the actually spelling of the movie title is “Boyz N the Hood“, not “Boys in the Hood“. This is a common mistake. When writer and director of Boyz N the Hood, John Singleton, was asked about why he chose to spell the movie’s title the way he did, he said that it was a stylistic choice that signified the forging of an anti-establishment identity in rap music. This was a great response. Especially since the movie he had written and directed gave insight and a visualization to the messages delivered in most of the so called “gangster rap” music at the time. Boyz N the Hood is also the name of a popular N.W.A. rap song written by Ice Cube back in 1987.
Boyz N the Hood Cast
How well do you know the cast of Boyz N the Hood? Although you may know a few of the cast members, please know that this story is full of a lot more interesting characters. Check out the list below, courtesy of Wikipedia.
- Darren ‘Doughboy’ Baker (Ice Cube)
- Ricky Baker (Morris Chestnut)
- Jason ‘Tre’ Styles III (Cuba Gooding Jr.)
- Jason ‘Furious’ Styles Jr. (Laurence Fishburne)
- Shalika (Regina King)
- Dooky (Dedrick D. Gobert)
- Brandi (Nia Long)
- Reva Devereaux (Angela Bassett)
Boyz N the Hood 2?
Will there be a Boyz N the Hood 2? That is the question that many fans have been waiting to find out for years. Unfortunately, there has been no chatter of this being possible by those that matter, but fans seem to constantly hint at its demand with several bootleg movie trailers making their way online over the years. We have decided that they are either genuine fans pleading with the industry or producers of clickbait.
Boyz N the Hood Quotes
The movie is well-regarded for its portrayal of the African American experience in late 1980s inner-city Los Angeles. The film has been praised for its realistic and authentic portrayal of the lives of the characters in the film. Here are just a few quotes from the movie that support that:
- Furious – “Any fool with a dick can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children.”
- Doughboy – “Fool you don’t go to college to be talkin’ to no bitches. Your black ass ‘posed to be learnin’ somethin’. Can’t learn shit talkin’ to no stupid ass bitch.”
- Doughboy – “Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what’s going on in the hood. They had all this foreign shit. They didn’t have shit on my brother, man.”
- Officer Coffey – “Scared now, ain’t you? I like that. That’s why I took this job. I hate little motherfuckers like you. Little niggers, you ain’t shit! I could blow your head off with this Smith & Wesson and you couldn’t do shit. Think you tough? What set you from? Look like one of them Crenshaw mafia motherfuckers.”
- Doughboy – “Aw, shit! Nigga, please! Ain’t nobody going to church to catch no bitches. I should roll your ass up off this porch with that stupid shit!”
- Mrs. Baker – “You ain’t shit. You just like your daddy. You don’t do shit, and you never gonna amount to shit. All you do is eat, sleep, and shit.”
Where to Watch Boyz N the Hood
Boyz N the Hood is a classic movie that can be found just about everywhere today. Unfortunately, it can no longer be found on Netflix and is also unavailable on Hulu and Disney as well. We suggest searching for it on Youtube, Amazon Prime, AMC, etc…