Boyz N the Hood Movie Poster
  • Released
  • October 25, 1991
  • R, 1 hr 52 min
  • Drama
  • 62 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Boyz n the Hood is the 1991 directing debut from John Singleton. Violence permeates almost every aspect of life in South Central Los Angeles. Guns are prominent, and several shootings are shown with blood and bloody wounds but not much other gore. Profanity is almost nonstop, with "f--k," the "N" word, "s--t," and sexist slurs are frequent (women are constantly referred to as "bitches," "hos," and "hoochies"). A couple of sex scenes show a single breast, otherwise there are a few deep kisses, one with tops open. Characters are almost always shown holding large bottles of malt liquor. Many background characters smoke, and Tre's father smokes frequently. Doughboy buys drugs and a minor character almost always has a pacifier. The success and panache of N.W.A. and a young Ice Cube may spark teen interest, and parents may be concerned that Boyz glorifies a "gangsta" lifestyle. It doesn't, but it will spark a lot of thought in older teens ready to tackle some of society's biggest problems.

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  • Consumerism
  • Drinking & drugs
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