Boyz n the Hood

Synopsis: John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker 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 'Dough' 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, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): John Singleton
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

Them niggas around the corner

tripped out, man.

- F*** that sh*t, man!

- Let's go. I'll take my car.

Oh, f*** that. We should've

let these niggas have it.

- Just pull up, just pull up.

- Get your sh*t ready, nigga.


These niggas here?

All right, hold up.

Get ready, get ready.

Look out, nigga! What's up, punk?!

Possible 187 at corner of

Crenshaw and Century.

They shot my brother!

- Tre, you do your homework?

- What homework?

- Yeah, I did it.

- Can I copy it?

Hell, no. Too bad,

you should've done it.

- Did you hear the shooting last night?

- Yeah, I got under my bed.

Man, you a scaredy-cat.

My mama say, "A bullet

don't have no name on it. "

I ain't afraid. My brothers

been shot and they still alive.

They lucky.

Y'all want to see something?


I ain't saying what.

Want to see it or not?

Is that blood?

What happened?

Somebody got smoked. Look at

the hole in the wall, stupid.

Least I can tell my times tables.

Look! Why is the blood

turning yellow?

That's what happens when it

separates from the plasma.

So that's how the settlers

survived that long hard winter...

...that took so many of their lives,

is by eating foods...

...that were given to them,

like the turkey and the squash...

...and all the foods that we think of

as our traditional holiday meal.

And that's why we celebrate

Thanksgiving... commemorate the unity

between the Indians...

...excuse me...

...the Native Americans...

...and the early English settlers

who were called... Class?


That's right, the Pilgrims.

Very good.

The penguins!

Who said that?

- Mr. Styles.

- That's me.

How is it you always have

something funny to say?

Because I'm a comedian.

Would you like to come up

and teach the class?

Yeah, I can do that.

Very well, come on up. Instruct us.

- What's the basis of your lecture?

- What?

What are you going to talk about?

I'd tell you if you let me talk.

- What's the name of this place?

- That's Africa. I know that.

Right, that's Africa.

Did you know that Africa is where

the body of the first man was found?

My daddy says that's where

all people originated from.

That means everybody's really

from Africa. Everybody.

All y'all. Everybody.

I ain't from Africa.

I'm from Crenshaw Mafia!

Like it or not, you from Africa.

I ain't from Africa. You from Africa.

You African booty-scratcher!


Punk, I'll kick your ass.

That's enough.

Count to 10 and be quiet.

I'll get my brother to shoot you!

Get your brother, b*tch!

I'll get my daddy. Least I got one.

I ain't your b*tch.

Ain't nobody's b*tch, b*tch!

Are you listening to me?

Sit down, now! That's enough!

As I said, he's highly intelligent.

He has an enormous vocabulary.

It's just that...

Yes, go on.

It's just that he has

a very bad temper.

It's extremely difficult for him

to interact with the other children.

Perhaps I could recommend therapy

or a child psychologist.

No, thank you.

We can manage just fine.

Is there some problem in the home?

Are you employed?

That's none of your business, but...

...I am employed, and I'm studying

for my master's degree.

- Then you are educated.

- Are we gonna talk about me or my son?

I'm sorry.

Well, we'll be happy to see Tre

back in class on Tuesday.

His suspension was only

for three days, you know.

- No. You won't be seeing Tre again.

- And why is that, may I ask?

- Tre is going to live with his father.

- His father?

Yes, his father. Or did you think

we made babies by ourselves?

- You tell her go jump in the lake?

- What was our agreement?

What did we put down in writing?

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John Singleton

John Daniel Singleton (born January 6, 1968) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for directing Boyz n the Hood. For the film, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, becoming the first African American and youngest person to have ever been nominated for the award. Singleton is a native of South Los Angeles and many of his early films, such as Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), and Baby Boy (2001), consider the implications of inner-city violence. Some of his other films include dramas such as Rosewood (1997) in addition to action films such as Shaft (2000), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Four Brothers (2005). more…

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