Excerpt: Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) was sent to live with his father Furious (Laurence Fishburne) as a child, thanks to his continual behavioral problems. At his father’s residence, Tre is surrounded by other troubled youths and continues to be troublesome. But Furious is determined to keep his son on the right path, no matter what it takes. He has seen what the ghetto can do to even the brightest residents, so he tries to set a good example for his own child to follow.
Excerpt: Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jerry Maguire ) lives in a rough south central Los Angeles neighborhood, but he's been able to avoid being sucked into violent or dangerous activity thanks to the positive presence of his father (Laurence Fishburne, The Matrix ). His close friend Doughboy (Ice Cube, xXx: State of the Union ) has lived a considerably rougher life, moving in and out of juvenile detention centers throughout his childhood and immersing himself in high-risk gang...
Excerpt: South central Los Angeles wasn't an ideal neighborhood to come of age in the early 1990s given the rampant drug problems and gang violence. John Singleton's debut as a director captures the scene perfectly, following the lives of Doughboy (Ice Cube), Chris (Redge Green), Ricky (Morris Chestnut), and Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) as they try and navigate the mean streets of the 'hood.
Conclusion: John Singleton made his directorial debut with the urban drama 'Boyz n the Hood,' a powerful coming-of-age film about inner-city youth and the violence which engulfs their everyday lives. The movie also comes with a terrific performance by Laurence Fishburne and features the emotional debuts of Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The Blu-ray arrives with a very good video transfer and an excellent audio presentation.
Excerpt: The Film It has been 20 years since John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood was released, and after all these years the film still offers a compelling look inside a very different American neighborhood. The story in many ways mirrors the characters -- going nowhere slowly -- but that's sort of the point. Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.
Conclusion: Boyz n the Hood excels as a coming of age film that's unlike any other of its kind. Where most characters in such pictures learn more about themselves, those in Boyz n the Hood struggle to figure out where they are and why their environment is so conducive to the violence and hopelessness that's squeezed all but the literal life out of them, and even then, the violence takes its fair share of that, too.