Movie House Memories

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

Episode #32

Columbia Pictures released Boyz n the Hood on July 12, 1991. John Singleton directed the film which starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, and Hudhail Al-Amir.

Boyz n the Hood Movie Summary

The year is 1984, and 10-year-old Tre Styles lives with his single mother in Inglewood, California. Tre is an intelligent and sensitive boy, but he lacks respect for his teachers and the other students, and his aggression often gets him into trouble. After getting into a fight at school, he breaks an agreement with his mother, and she sends Tre to live with his father, Furious Styles, in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Central. Tre’s mother feels that her son needs the influence of a man in his life to temper his temper. Furious, played by Laurence Fishburne, is a stern father, who expects his son to follow the rules and pull his weight.

Tre quickly finds out that life with his father will be far different than living with his mother. On Tre’s first night at the house, his father shoots at a burglar who was trying to rob the house. Police officers arrive nearly an hour after the incident. The crime isn’t as important since the thief didn’t take anything or harm anyone. Tre also sees that the police, particularly the African American officer, treat Furious with disrespect and contempt.

The next day, Tre hangs out with his friends Doughboy, Ricky, and Chris. Doughboy and Ricky are brothers who live with their mother, Brenda, across the street from Furious and Tre. While only sports interest Ricky, Doughboy is aggressive and street-smart.

The quartet go on an adventure one day to see a dead body that, presumably, no one has reported to the police. After seeing the decomposing corpse, Doughboy gets into a fight with a teenage Crip who has taken Ricky’s football. They beat up Doughboy, but the foundation for the two brothers’ characters is already established. Doughboy will not back down to anyone, and Ricky will not follow the path that his older brother is on.

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