|Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood|
|Directed by||Paris Barclay|
|Produced by|| Keenen Ivory Wayans |
Eric L. Gold
|Music by||John Barnes|
|Edited by||Marshall Harvey|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (or simply Don't be a Menace) is a 1996 American crime-comedy film directed by Paris Barclay in his feature film directorial debut, and produced by Keenen Ivory Wayans. It stars the Wayans brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who were also both writers with Phil Beauman. The film was released in the United States on January 12, 1996.
Similar to I'm Gonna Git You Sucka , the film spoofs a number of African-American, coming-of-age, hood films such as Juice , Jungle Fever , South Central , Higher Learning , Do the Right Thing , Poetic Justice , New Jack City , Dead Presidents , Friday , Above the Rim , and most prominently Boyz n the Hood and Menace II Society . The film's title borrows phrases from some of those films, and some of the actors who starred in those movies appear in the film, in some cases appearing in similar roles or scenes as the films being parodied.
Ashtray, Tray for short, is sent to the inner city to live with his father. Tray gets an education about life on the streets from his psychotic, gun-toting cousin Loc Dog, pot-smoking foul-mouthed Grandma, underage Pops, and gang members Preach and Crazy Legs. At a picnic, Tray falls for the infamous Dashiki, who has seven kids, much to the distaste of ex-convict Toothpick, who happens to be her ex boyfriend. When Ashtray and Loc Dog head out to buy some snacks, Toothpick and his crew, Al Dog & Sam, confront Ashtray and hold him at gunpoint until Loc Dog threatens them with a missile mounted in the back of his truck, whereupon Toothpick and his gang flee the scene.
Loc Dog and Ashtray are harassed in a Korean store by the owners, and Loc Dog shoots at them when they make a remark about his mother. The two are then confronted by "The Man" (a mysterious white government figure), who kills the Koreans and tosses them his gun to frame them and leaves.
Meanwhile, Ashtray and Loc Dog's Grandma ride to church and another elderly woman disses her, resulting in a breakdancing contest that Grandma wins.
Ashtray visits Dashiki where they engage in sexual intercourse and Dashiki immediately claims he has impregnated her. Feeling like he's not responsible enough to be the father, Dashiki kicks him out. Meanwhile, Sam confronts Ashtray, Loc Dog, Preach, and Crazy Legs about Ashtray impregnating Dashiki. Loc Dog knocks him out as he, Ashtray and Preach proceed to punch & stomp him, flattening him (literally). The quartet decides to get protection from their friend Old School, who advises them to protect themselves and watch out for each other, until his mother walks out and tells him to clean his bedroom.
Moments later, Toothpick performs a drive-by shooting in revenge for Sam’s beating and Crazy Legs is injured. With Crazy Legs hospitalized, Tray decides to confront Dashiki and become a father to their newborn baby. Dashiki agrees to give Tray another chance and they decide to leave the ‘hood as planned.
Ashtray then reads a bedtime story to his Pops (who is too young to go to a party) which causes him to ejaculate before going to sleep. At the party, Loc Dog meets Keisha, whom he then takes to his mail truck for drinks and sex, during which Keisha turns into a demonic monster and attacks Loc Dog, stripping him naked while he tries to run away screaming.
Ashtray and Loc Dog talk about Ashtray's departure as Toothpick and his gang prepare for another drive-by shooting. He and Loc Dog clash, and Ashtray is shot. As Loc Dog and Toothpick's gang continue to exchange gunfire, Grandma pops out of the dumpster and shoots at Toothpick's car, hitting Al Dog and flattening a tire, causing Toothpick to be flung from the car, landing on a cop car. Preach and Dashiki find Ashtray hurt, and he regains consciousness and kisses Dashiki. A woman finds Toothpick (she turns out to be his mother) and beats him with his shoe for stealing from her in the past. Afterwards, Toothpick and his gang are presumably arrested.
Afterwards, everyone goes their separate ways: Ashtray and Dashiki marry and enjoy their lives, Loc Dog becomes a host and introduces himself with extreme profanity, Preach and his crush settle down together, Crazy Legs becomes a dancer as he had always dreamed, and Grandma is, as Ashtray puts it, "still Grandma" (showing her smoking cannabis).
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood collected $8,112,884 from 1,010 theaters its opening weekend, opening at #2 at the box office, averaging $8,032 per theater.By the end of its theatrical run, the film domestically grossed $20,109,115.
The movie was met with a negative response from critics and became cult classic at the same time.Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 31% based on 26 reviews.
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It spawned five singles: The Island Inspirational All-Stars' gospel song "Don't Give Up", the Lost Boyz' "Renee" and "Can't Be Wasting My Time", Joe's "All the Things (Your Man Won't Do)", and The Isley Brothers' "Let's Lay Together".
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Shawn Mathis Wayans is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and DJ. Along with his brother Marlon Wayans he wrote and starred in The WB sitcom The Wayans Bros.(1995–1999), and in the comedy films Don’t Be a Menace (1996), Scary Movie (2000), Scary Movie 2 (2001), White Chicks (2004), Little Man (2006), and Dance Flick (2009). He got his start on In Living Color (1990-1993).
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Lexie Donnell Bigham Jr. was an American film and television actor. Bigham appeared in numerous independent films and television series. His prominent roles came in the films Se7en, Boyz n the Hood, South Central, Dave, Drop Zone, Airheads, Up Close & Personal, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and High School High. Bigham died in a car accident in Los Angeles on December 17, 1995 at the age of 27, shortly after filming High School High.
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Chris Spencer is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He was the first host of the syndicated late night talk show Vibe, based on the magazine of the same name. He has gone on to star in several film projects such as Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood, The Sixth Man, Significant Others, and Postal. Chris is also one of the most sought after writers having done projects with Wayans family, Jamie Foxx, and was significant in helping Nick Cannon create MTV's Wild 'N Out. Chris Spencer also travels the country as a standup comedian and has performed on The Chris Rock Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and HBO's Def Comedy Jam. Chris and fellow friends, Al Madrigal and Maz Jobrani are on a weekly podcast, Minivan Men. He is a writer for the scripted comedy, Real Husbands of Hollywood. In 2017, he co-created a TV series White Famous.
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"All the Things " is a song by American Contemporary R&B singer Joe. It was written by Joe, Joshua Thompson, and Michele Williams and produced by Joe and Thompson. The song originally appeared on the soundtrack to the film Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood and was later included as the opening track on his second studio album All That I Am (1997). It was his first hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 11 in 1996. The single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on April 10, 1996.
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