Boyz’n the Hood / Baby Boy / Poetic Justice… Collection

Three films are featured in this recently released box-set collection. The common threads are writer / director John Singleton and a few common cinematic plots set in South Central L.A. Most of you are probably familiar with these 3 superb films; however, if not ….read on, I will give you a quick wrap on each flick.

Boyz'n the Hood:
This critically acclaimed Oscar nominated (1991) release accurately represents the unforgiving veracity of life in South Central L.A. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Lawrence Fishburne, and Angela Bassett. The flick explores the lives of three men struggling with everyday life. Two of them, while staying on the right side of the law hope to leave the hood one day, the other is on the wrong side of the law. This film includes scenes of violence that may not be suitable for the squeamish. The performances are excellent, especially Gooding's and Fishburne's.

Baby Boy:
Here's another South Central yarn about an adolescent boy at the crossroads of his life while still clinging on to boyhood; hence the title of the film. . This riveting tale blasts off when Jody's (Tyreese Gibson) home is invaded by ex-gang-banger Melvin who shacks up with Jody's mom. Melvin (Ving Rhames) is the tough guy in the hood who indulges Jody to step up his game and take care of his responsibilities. Manhood's calling and Jody does several things to combat this, while trying to improve his home life. The flick sky rockets when Rodney (Snoop Dogg) enters the scene. Snoop's portrayal of a laid back recently released con is outstanding. I will stop here, since I do not want to give away the middle or the ending of this film.

Poetic Justice
Here's a quick summary: Justice (Janet Jackson) is a poet working in a Beauty Shop. The plot line is really all over the place, it vies from Justice leaving college to her becoming a hairdresser and trying to grow into the person she wants to become. Lucky (Tupac Shakur) is a postal worker who is smitten by Justice although she does not share his sentiment. After a while Lucky invites Justice, her best friend Lesha (Regina King), and Lesha's man-of-the moment Chicago (Joe Torry) on an overnight delivery run. An overnight postal delivery run? Watch this one to find out what happens.

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