Friday, December 15

Movie Review: 'don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood' (1996)

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Starring: Shawn Wayans, Vivica Fox, Lahmard Tate, Marlon Wayans, Helen Martin, Chris Spencer, Suli McCullough, Tracey Cherelle Jones, Bernie Mac, Terri J. Vaughn, Keenan Ivory Wayans, and Damon Wayans.

Directed by: Paris Barclay.

Released: January 12th, 1996.

“Don’t Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” shares many similarities with “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, another comedy film that was commandeered by the Wayans brothers. Like the said film, “Don’t Be A Menace to South Central…” mainly spoofs “Boyz N the Hood” but it also takes shots at an entire ensemble of black coming-of-age films that were set in the hood. This list ranges from “Jungle Fever”, “New Jack City”, “Do The Right Thing”, “South Central”, “Menace II Society”, “Higher Learning”, “Juice”, and “Dead Presidents”. In case you haven’t noticed, most of these films were released within the ten years prior (1985-1995) to the release of “Don’t Be A Menace to South Central…”.

This movie comically and successfully satirizes the sociological phenomenon of the ‘hood movie’ genre that had grown so popular at the time. They even got some of the actors and actresses who starred in the parodied films to also star in this flick. Ashtray (played by Shawn Wayans) is the main character of “Don’t Be A Menace to South Central…”, he’s an Everyman-type who is trying to grow up in a world of confusion. His father (played by Lahmard Tate) is not too far from his son’s age and doesn’t have the best advice to give; Ashtray’s cousin Loc Dog (played by Marlon Wayans) is the worst influence possible, a stoner, criminal, and a drug dealer all rolled into one. Then there’s Dashiki (played by Tracey Cherelle Jones) who is Ashtray’s ideal girlfriend… Read more


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