"One out of ten black men will be forced to sit through a 'growing up in the hood movie' during their lifetime. One out of five will be shot in the theater."
- statistics at the beginning of the movie
"We're an endangered species. The rappers are getting all the good acting jobs."
- Ashtray (SHAWN WAYANS), to one of Dashiki's many children, who is armed with a gun
"...you know there ain't no positive black females in these movies."
- a middle-class mom, saying goodbye to her son, and explaining why she won't appear in the film again
USA Today - 01/15/1996
"...This savage parody of the many recent coming-of-age-in-the-ghetto melodramas is rude, crude and outrageous..."
Variety - 01/15/1996
"...Spirited and hilarious..."
New York Times - 01/13/1996
"...A free-for-all comic spoof....Beneath the hysteria, you can feel the movie's boiling rage..."
An antidote to the 1990s spate of urban coming-of-age films. The tale of a black youth sent to live with his father in the 'hood, this spoof parodies the key elements of such "serious" movies as "Boyz N the Hood," "Menace II Society" and "Juice."
This film is a parody of the recent "hood" movies made by African-American directors, in particular John Singleton's "Boyz 'N the Hood." The plot focuses on Ashtray, a do-gooder who comes to South Central L.A. to live with his father. Unfortunately, Dad turns out to be a poor role model, as he extols the virtues of unsafe sex and drunk driving. Ashtray's cousin Loc Dog is no better, with his hair-trigger temper and extensive weaponry (including a nuclear bomb). Ashtray manages to find romance with a pretty poet named Dashiki, but it turns out that she's a little too popular with the men in her neighborhood -- and not for her writing skills. Will Ashtray become disillusioned by what he's seen and experienced in South Central'
Coming Of Age |
Social Issues |
Complete title: "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood."