Don't Be a Menace...

Starring: Marlon Wayans & Shawn Wayans Director: Paris Barclay  Rated: R: Restricted
Don't Be a Menace...
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Director's Cut
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by &
Screenwriting by &
Produced by &
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"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
" 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

Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Product Description:

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."

Plot Synopsis:

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'


Production Notes:

  • Complete title: "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood."
  • A presentation of Island Pictures.
  • An Ivory Way production.
  • Additional credit: Hiriam Hicks (soundtrack executive producer)
  • Additional song performers: Ghostface Killa, Wu-Tang Clan, Lost Boyz, Mona Lisa, Junior Mafia's Lil Kim
  • Color by DeLuxe.
  • Released theatrically in the USA January 12, 1996.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 80,196
  • UPC: 096009762094
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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