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Boyz N The Hood 30th Anniversary presented by TCM

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Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence, and future prospects.


  • Larry Fishburne
  • Ice Cube
  • Cuba Gooding
  • Nia Long
  • Morris Chestnut
  • Tyra Ferrell
  • Angela Bassett
  • Meta King
  • Whitman Mayo
  • Desi A. Hines

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Boyz n the Hood is a knockdown assault on the senses, a joltingly sad story told with power, dignity and humor. No mere studio genre piece preening as social significance because its characters are black, Boyz is straight from the neighborhood — Singleton grew up in South Central — and straight from the heart.

Metacritic review by Duane Byrge
Duane Byrge
The Hollywood Reporter

Has maturity and emotional depth: There are no cheap shots, nothing is thrown in for effect, realism is placed ahead of easy dramatic payoffs, and the audience grows deeply involved.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Flows in a way that seems effortless, following its own path, arriving at its own place. Only after the movie is over are the outlines of its story apparent. I found it impossible to outguess it. [12 July 1991]

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle