Boyz n the Hood ★★★★

Teenagers try to survive in different ways while growing up around drugs and violence. Some of their parents try their best to raise them good, some don't try much at all. Either way, the odds of staying out of harm's way are hard to beat in their crime infested neighborhood.

Laurence Fishburne was superb and Cuba Gooding Jr. delivered a strong performance. Just as important, is the job that John Singleton did as the director and writer of this film. He did a superb job as the sole creator. Everything about Boyz n the Hood feels real or relevant to the story from the violence to the music to the stress to the love to issues regarding race. And I love how the struggle between sanity vs insanity is casually built into an incredible final act. More than anything, this is a sad state of affairs, but a great piece of art.

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