About Boyz n' the Hood
Boyz n’ the Hood is a thought-provoking drama from John Singleton about a young African-American who must choose between a life surrounded by crime and his desire to get a college education. Boyz n’ the Hood is a landmark film beyond its commercial success, presenting a portrait of South Central Los Angeles in the late '80s and early '90s as painted by Singleton (who grew up in that neighbourhood), achieving accuracy and dramatic resonance in this story of at-risk youth.
The film stars Laurence Fishburne, Angela Basset, Ice Cube, and Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. in his first starring role in a feature film. Gooding plays Tre Styles, a teenager growing up in South Central Los Angeles. His father, Furious (Fishburne), is divorced and living away from Tre and his mother (Basset), but he's still involved in Tre's upbringing, teaching him responsibility and the values of right and wrong. Meanwhile, Tre's childhood buddies Ricky (Morris Chestnut) and Doughboy (Ice Cube) are living their lives in terms of the epidemic of violence and poverty that has plagued their neighbourhood. Ricky, a talented football player, strives to get a full athletic scholarship to college. If only his SAT scores were higher. Doughboy lives a life full of crime but still remains true to his friends. The obstacles that these three young men come across result in dire consequences, devastatingly avoidable and inevitable at the same time.