A man is accused of getting a girl pregnant, which he says is impossible since he wore a condom. Key characters are drug dealers. Expect situations in which violence is an automatic over-reaction to even small annoyances, where friends pull guns on one another, and guys get shot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I've spent some time in some of the most crime ridden places in America and let me tell you, this kind of thing just does not go on the way they show it here. I grew up poor, so while I'm white, I can relate on some level to a lot of the trials of young black men in movies like Boyz n the Hood. Most of the young black men depicted suffer from poor to no impulse control and are violent, disrespectful, criminal.
. When the desperate addict offers sexual favors for a fix, the dealer shoots him. Even as love and a chance of a way out arises with Jada Pinkett's terrific pretty Ronnie, it's doubtful if Tyrin will escape from the revolving door of death. Grandparents warn Caine to change his ways. Sure there's elevated violent crime, but just go look at crime statistics for the early 90's in these places. Caine wants to honor his jailed mentor by looking after the mentor's girlfriend, child.
For one, there's no way a neighborhood could get this bad without the National Guard getting called in. One is seen in a pool of blood. They drop them off in an unfriendly neighborhood for further beatings. Nevertheless, the filmmakers have created a masterful step-by-step primer on what not to do and how not to be that still rings with truth. All by people who have never lived in a poor neighborhood nor spent any time in the ghetto. The streetwise edginess that the Hughes' began their film with the opening is nigh on horrific has long since gone as they try to make a film that touches all the bases of Black Americana.
When lead protagonist Tyrin is trying to deal with his inner conflict, we the audience are treated to standard run of the mill melodrama. He hates his father for killing in front of him, but he continues the pattern of senseless violence and criminality. Police officers stop two black youth for no reason, toss them into their squad car, and beat them. Characters drink alcohol and smoke marijuana and cigarettes. They kiss and lie down on a bed with clothes on.
Young men shoot each other, steal cars, beat each other, generally cause mayhem. I can't imagine a place filled with so many evil and useless people as the ones portrayed in this movie. With the help of his caring teacher Charles Dutton and supportive girlfriend Jada Pinkett , Caine plans to leave the city for good. Another thing about the movie that angered me was the way in which the young men were portrayed. Jackson Tat Lawson Anthony Johnson Tony Brandon Hammond Five Year Old Caine Glenn Plummer Pernell Reginald Ballard Clyde Khandi Alexander Karen Lawson Eugene Lee Man 1 James Pickens Jr.
Man 2 as James Pickins Jr. Easily the most realistic of all the ghetto films made, in fact the film at times feels like we are on a documentary drive around downtown Watts. Shaking my head at this movie and all the people duped by it. This little group of kids would have exceeded the entire violent crime rate of Watts they did so many bad things in such a short amount of time. A man is accused of getting a girl pregnant, which he says is impossible since he wore a condom. Preparation of illicit drugs is shown.
This is a well-made, extremely disturbing film. It's later suggested they had sex. A girl who is pregnant is shocked that the father wants no part of helping her. But rather than saying no to the drug dealing, murder that got his mentor incarcerated, he embraces it. They bridle when one owner watches that they don't shoplift. Those were just normal lower middle class to poor boys caught up in awful circumstances.
Caine's narration then explains that his own parents were less than ideal: a heroin addict mother and a murderous drug-dealing father a cameo by who taught him nothing more than how to process street drugs when he was a kid. It examines the urban American dystopia created by systemic racism, systematic economic oppression, the drug trade, and the resulting culture of nihilism and violence that permeated lower-income black neighborhoods. Jackson in a potent appearance and an addict, Tyrin, surrounded by guns and a machismo culture, is tied to his friends and the way of life afforded him. But in a series of tragic events, Caine realizes that escape will not be easy. Still it's one hell of an experience though.
I'm not kidding when I say that the level of violence and the frequency with which it is portrayed in this movie would make it worse than a literal war zone. Caine gives money to his mentor's girlfriend to support her. Everyone around him, including his unpredictable friend O-Dog Larenz Tate , is trapped in their lives of crime and violence. The Hughes Brother's movie charts the hapless life of Caine Tyrin Turner as he seeks to escape the ghetto. Everyone around him, including his unpredictable friend O-Dog Larenz Tate , is trapped in their lives of crime and violence. A woman encourages him to leave town with her and start anew.