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      Menace II Society

      R Released May 26, 1993 1 hr. 37 min. Drama TRAILER for Menace II Society: Trailer 1 List
      84% 45 Reviews Tomatometer 93% 50,000+ Ratings Audience Score After growing up in the gang lifestyle of the Los Angeles projects, 18-year-old Caine Lawson (Tyrin Turner) wants a way out. Everyone around him, including his unpredictable friend O-Dog (Larenz Tate), is trapped in their lives of crime and violence. With the help of his caring teacher (Charles Dutton) and supportive girlfriend (Jada Pinkett), Caine plans to leave the city for good. But in a series of tragic events, Caine realizes that escape will not be easy. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 05 Buy Now

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      Told with grit and verve by the Hughes brothers in their feature debut, Menace II Society is a gangland epic that breathes with authenticity while steeped in style.

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      Ben V I think the point of this movie was to insert where law can trump innocence and I don't even think the judiciary knows why. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/22/24 Full Review TJ L instant Classic, a Beyond Authentic Portrayal of South Central Los Angeles California in the 90's . . . this my Number 1 Favorite Movie of All Time, i can Relate to Caine alot More than i can to Tre from Boyz N the Hood because my Parents was More Similar to Caine's Parents than to Tre's Parents, this Movie Fully Shows what Life was Like Living/Growing up in (The Hood) in the 1990's Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/22/23 Full Review Red T An Urban Drama Classic. The music is the best part it is phenomenal across the board, its worth sitting through the end credits just to hear the end song which is the best one. Everything else is really good across the board. The cinematography can be a bit surreal sometimes with lots of moving shots and zoom ins that can feel a bit obnoxious and unneeded at times along with lots of over the top scenes with violence and shock value which works for and against this. Kane is a really good character but he makes some dumb choices that don't have the emotional backing to make us sympathize vs someone like Troy from Boyz in Da Hood. Also it would've been nice to see him be raised as a teen with Ronnie's former man in prison as we never see him until the one scene at the end. Also Shariff and Kane getting beaten by the police feels completely unneeded and is there for shock value along with Dog killing the basehead over a burger which was a bit stupid. Also, it is a bit of a coincidence that her cousin waited weeks and chose the EXACT moment they were leaving for ATL to kill him finally and how he knew they were there is beyond me but its still a powerful brutal ending and the best part of the film. Also, sometimes this goes in circles in the middle with trying to show Cane is gonna end up dead if he doesn't stop making dumb decisions and can be borderline self righteous. However it does work because of how well done everything is and its underlying commentary about someone having no direction and falling into a life of crime. Anyone who is a fan of urban dramas, or 90's films will enjoy this a lot. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/17/23 Full Review stephen b In a time where tragedies have little commercial appeal, this is a stellar one exemplifying the 1990s. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review isaac m Menace II Society is an amazing movie that resembles Boyz N The Hood, but with an original story and characters. I love the performances, the direction, the story and the realism of Los Angeles. I am really surprised how the director's took every step to shock audiences about life in the hood. Overall, Menace II Society doesn't apologize to highlight the realism of Los Angeles neighborhood. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review w b Something to watch if wanting more 90's hood movies like Boyz n the Hood. You'll enjoy it Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lawrence Ware New York Times With a tragic hero at its heart, the Hughes brothers’ debut drama painted nuanced portraits of characters rarely fleshed out in other films. Rated: A Oct 13, 2023 Full Review Peter Rainer Los Angeles Times The Hughes brothers are torn between the hopelessness of what they depict and a kind of haloed view of a better life. Mar 7, 2021 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Don't let the silly styling of the title put you off; this is a powerful, convincing, and terrifying look at teenage crime in contemporary Watts. Mar 17, 2008 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film A lot like Boyz N Da Hood released two years earlier, it is a bleak picture and captures lightning in a bottle in which the city was still fuming from the Rodney King riots. Mar 1, 2023 Full Review Kelechi Ehenulo FILMHOUNDS Magazine Now that it is a Criterion release with a stunning 4K restoration, [Menace II Society] remains an important chapter in understanding why the streets are more than what is stereotypically portrayed in the media. Rated: 4/5 Dec 17, 2021 Full Review Rob Aldam Backseat Mafia Remains a powerful indictment of a country which was failing young black men in in the 1990s. Dec 6, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis After growing up in the gang lifestyle of the Los Angeles projects, 18-year-old Caine Lawson (Tyrin Turner) wants a way out. Everyone around him, including his unpredictable friend O-Dog (Larenz Tate), is trapped in their lives of crime and violence. With the help of his caring teacher (Charles Dutton) and supportive girlfriend (Jada Pinkett), Caine plans to leave the city for good. But in a series of tragic events, Caine realizes that escape will not be easy.
      Director
      Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes
      Executive Producer
      Kevin Moreton
      Screenwriter
      Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes, Tyger Williams
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox of Germany, New Line Cinema
      Production Co
      New Line Cinema
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 26, 1993, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $27.7M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
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