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"DON'T BE A MENACE TO SOUTH CENTRAL WHILE DRINKING YOUR JUICE IN THE HOOD"
(1996) (Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Mild Moderate Minor Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None Minor Extreme Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Mild None Mild Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A spoof of the urban gangster movies.
PLOT:
Ashtray (SHAWN WAYANS) is a teen who goes to live with his father in the ‘hood. He hangs out with Loc Dog (MARLON WAYANS), a drinking in public, gun-toting cousin, Preach (CHRIS SPENCER) a reformed gang member who spouts the way of the gospel, and Crazy Legs (SULI MCCULLOUGH), a teen who dreamed of a life of dancing before a drive by shooting left him in a wheelchair. When Ashtray begins seeing Dashiki (TRACEY JONES), who's obviously seen everyone else in the neighborhood based on the number of kids she has, things heat up as local gang leader Toothpick (DARRELL HEATH) isn't happy that this young kid is dating his girlfriend.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the Wayan brothers (TV's "In Living Color"), gangster movies, or "Airplane" type spoof movies, they will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong language, sexuality, some drug content and violence.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • As this is a spoof of urban gang movies, none of the main characters, including those played by SHAWN WAYANS and MARLON WAYANS, are good role models.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


    OUR TAKE: 3 out of 10
    This movie hits the target as the urban gangster genre was ripe for the picking of being spoofed. Picking on every silly or overly dramatic scene that occurs in such movies, this film's humor depends on one's taste for jokes being made about people being shot, or in wheelchairs, etc... Most of that falls into the same category as the other spoof movies such as the "Airplane" and "Naked Gun" series and the more recent "High School High." Just like most of those movies, the jokes come fast and furious at the beginning and then all but disappear as the paper thin plot takes over and replaces the shenanigans. That's too bad for this genre as the movies would be far more entertaining if they paced themselves with the jokes. As it is, one gets restless toward the end. Still, if this type of humor tickles your funny bone, you'll probably enjoy this film. If, however, you're easily offended by off the wall or somewhat tasteless jokes, you'd probably be better off staying away from this one. We give it a 3 out of 10.
    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    As in all spoof type movies, none of the material is mean to be taken at face value. Many people and a great deal of kids, however, will take what they see at that value. Thus, if parents allow their kids to see this one, they should make sure they understand the comic under linings of what's occurring. As it stands at face value, here's what's included. Profanity is extreme with other forty "f" words and nearly twenty of them using the prefix "mother." Obviously gangster lifestyles are seen and there's a great deal of "comic book" style violence with people being shot (none of it's graphic and it's all supposed to be played for laughs). Sexuality is extreme with all of the language, talk and some nudity. Drinking is heavy and there are a few scenes with a grandmother smoking marijuana. If your kids understand that this is meant as a spoof and if they're mature enough to handle the material, it's up to you whether they should see this movie. But if none of those conditions are true, keep your kids away from this one as the material (spoof or not) is way too extreme for them.

    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • (A great deal of the material listed in each category is meant to be viewed as humorous and not to be taken at face value. Still, you should consider whether or not you and your children will see it that way.)
  • There is an extraordinary amount of drinking taking place on the street, mainly of beer, and mainly by Loc Dog.
  • Ashtray's father tells him that the only education on the job he'll get is "selling drugs or humping (?) women."
  • Loc Dog's mother drinks beer for breakfast.
  • Loc Dog's grandmother smokes a huge joint (marijuana) twice.
  • One of the characters goes to get a "malt liquor slurpee."
  • Loc Dog lists his hobbies as "Bar drinking, smoking weed (marijuana), and all forms of ill sh*t."
  • Ashtray's father tells him that drinking and driving is fun as is driving at "185 (m.p.h.), turning off the lights and letting go of the steering wheel."
  • A man smokes pot at a party. He then has convulsions and falls over dead. The others then scramble to smoke the joint and Loc Dog takes a hit and falls to the ground (but doesn't die).
  • Loc Dog offers a little kid a beer and tells him, "It'll grow hair on your balls."
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • (A great deal of the material listed in each category is meant to be viewed as humorous and not to be taken at face value. Still, you should consider whether or not you and your children will see it that way.)
  • Dashiki makes Ashtray pull off her socks so that he'll suck her toes. He's disgusted to find, however, that she has blisters and sores all over her feet. Still, he sucks her toes, but has to stop occasionally to spit out scabs and such.
  • Four people shot in a drive by shooting have small, bloody bullet holes on their bodies.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • (A great deal of the material listed in each category is meant to be viewed as humorous and not to be taken at face value. Still, you should consider whether or not you and your children will see it that way.)
  • Loc Dog says he wants to get a job at a bank where one day he'll be manager and then he'll rob the bank and everyone there at gunpoint.
  • Preach, who doesn't believe in blacks calling other blacks by the "n" word, calls Chinese people "chinks."
  • There is some moderate fun poked at people in wheelchairs as the character "Crazy Legs" is depicted with teeny tiny short stubs of legs.
  • Women are referred to as "bitches" and "whoes" (whores).
  • Several Chinese workers cautiously watch two black men in their shop while ignoring the white man who is robbing them blind.
  • A homeless man turns out to be a businessman who acts homeless to make easy money.
  • Loc Dog places his feet up on a desk during a job interview.
  • Ashtray's father tells him, "Dreams are for suckers. Give up hope and don't think about getting a job because the black man has no place in the workforce."
  • Loc Dog offers a little kid a beer and tells him, "It'll grow hair on your balls."
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • (A great deal of the material listed in each category is meant to be viewed as humorous and not to be taken at face value. Still, you should consider whether or not you and your children will see it that way.)
  • Loc Dog takes a woman back to his truck to have sex with her. She says that she gets a little crazy after drinking and suddenly turns into a monster with a long tongue.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • (A great deal of the material listed in each category is meant to be viewed as humorous and not to be taken at face value. Still, you should consider whether or not you and your children will see it that way.)
  • A title at the beginning of the movie explains how many black youths are subjected to "gangsters in the ‘hood" movies and that 1 in 5 will be shot in the theaters while watching such films.
  • Guns/Machine Guns: Used to threaten or kill people throughout the movie. See "Violence" for details.
  • Loc Dog's closet is full of weapons and he carries many handguns with him at all times.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • (A great deal of the material listed in each category is meant to be viewed as humorous and not to be taken at face value. Still, you should consider whether or not you and your children will see it that way.)
  • Phrases: "Nigger," "Whoes" (whores), "Balls" and "Nuts" (testicles), "Bitch," and "Sucker."
  • Ashtray grabs his crotch when he sees a girl he likes.
  • Ashtray's father has shaved the words "Kick me" into the back of Ashtray's hair.
  • Loc Dog holds a handgun to a girl's head to make her give him her phone number.
  • Loc Dog does some pelvic thrusting into the air.
  • A homeless man turns out to be a businessman who acts homeless to make easy money.
  • Loc Dog puts his feet up on a desk during a job interview.
  • Ashtray's father tells him that drinking and driving is fun as is driving at "185 (m.p.h.), turning off the lights and letting go of the steering wheel."
  • A pretty woman at a party picks her nose, farts and belches.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • One scene has minor scary music in it.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • (A great deal of the material listed in each category is meant to be viewed as humorous and not to be taken at face value. Still, you should consider whether or not you and your children will see it that way.)
  • Heard in various songs is the following: Uses of the "f" (and "Motherf") and "s" words, as well as slang references to both male and female genitals (the "d" and "p" words). Also, there are references to "Bacardi" (rum), "gang bangs," "making love," smoking a "blunt" (marijuana), mass murders and blowing up a shop. And that's just from the lyrics we could make out -- there could be even more material present.
  • PROFANITY
  • (A great deal of the material listed in each category is meant to be viewed as humorous and not to be taken at face value. Still, you should consider whether or not you and your children will see it that way.)
  • 43 "f" words (19 with the prefix "mother" and 5 used sexually), 33 "s" words, 6 slang terms for male genitals (the "d" word), 3 for female genitals (the "p" word), 24 "ass" words, 20 damns, 8 hells, and 2 uses of "God damn," and 1 use of "Oh my God" as exclamations.
  • The "f" word is seen on a homeless man's sign.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • (A great deal of the material listed in each category is meant to be viewed as humorous and not to be taken at face value. Still, you should consider whether or not you and your children will see it that way.)
  • Ashtray's father tells him that the only education on the job he'll get is "selling drugs or humping (?) women."
  • Ashtray's father is surprised he's still a virgin. Ashtray then mentions that there was this one guy who rubbed up against his butt but he didn't like that. He then figures out what his father was talking about and says that he "gets it" with the women.
  • Ashtray grabs his crotch when he sees a girl he likes.
  • Ashtray and a girl are seen doing "the wild thing" and she's seen bouncing up and down on him, but no nudity is seen, but some moaning is heard. The girl's mother then comes home and it's stated that she "smelled the sex" and is then seen bursting into the room wearing an S&M outfit and wants to join them.
  • A homeless man approaches one of the guys wanting some change and tells him, "I'll suck your d*ck."
  • Some young kids run to see a dead body. What they find is "Elvis" lying face down with his pants pulled down and his bare buttocks exposed.
  • Some people are seen "dirty dancing" (pelvises rubbing together) and then the camera pans to show a completely naked couple dancing. He's standing and her legs are wrapped around his waist and there is sexual movement seen, as are her breasts and both of their bare butts.
  • Dashiki has lots of kids from lots of different men and Loc Dog says that lots of men in the neighborhood have been "inside her."
  • One of Dashiki's boys asks Ashtray whether he's trying to "get any" from his mother.
  • Dashiki says that her name is Swahili for "doggy style."
  • Toothpick states, "I'm not afraid to "f" someone up his ass" and later states that in prison he liked watching soap suds roll down the crack of another man's butt.
  • Later there are similar references such as "Did anyone ever take your manhood...but heard the warden coming and hid the plunger up your ass?"
  • Loc Dog says (to a Chinese store owner who had told him a candy bar costs five dollars), "There better be some sucky, sucky with that" (implying oral sex).
  • Loc Dog sees the word "sex" on a job application and says, "Sex? Hell, yeah."
  • Ashtray says that a girl was more sexually experienced than him and taught him all about foreplay, to which he says, "Then again, who needs foreplay when you're jacking off?"
  • Dashiki pours a beverage onto Ashtray's chest and then licks it off with her tongue. He moans and she then pours hot, melted cheese onto him.
  • Ashtray climbs on top of Dashiki and after some sexual movement says, "Damn girl, you're so tight." She responds, "Wrong hole, fool." There's more sexual movement and he states that he's losing his virginity. She wants him to talk dirty to her and he says, "I'm coming." He moans more, but there's no nudity and the scene ends with her telling him she's pregnant.
  • Toothpick says he misses making love to Dashiki, to which one of his gang members says, "Me too."
  • A homeless man asks Loc Dog for directions and tells him in exchange, "I'll suck your d*ck." It's implied that he takes him up on the offer, for later Loc Dog is seen zipping up his pants as the man leaves.
  • Dashiki lives on "Penetration Street."
  • Ashtray reads his father a bedtime story that his dad masturbates to under the sheets. The story is "This is the story of Dick and Mary. Mary lies on the bed, spreads her thighs. Dick thrusts his member into her waiting vagina. "F" me, "F" me, Mary screams. Dick covers her head with a pillow because she's too noisy. Dick continues to pound her swollen opening until he climaxes. I'm coming (repeated many times with moaning sounds)."
  • Loc Dog takes a woman back to his truck to have sex with her. She says that she gets a little crazy after drinking and suddenly turns into a monster with a long tongue. She gets on top of him and there's sexual movement and a look at his bare butt as he tries to crawl away from her.
  • Ashtray's father says that Dashiki "sure could suck a d*ck."
  • Ashtray tells his father that he didn't use a condom with Dashiki and his father says, "Good. That's my boy. Never use condoms. They take away all of the feeling."
  • There is a shot of dogs mating.
  • Two men shot dead in a drive by shooting were evidently engaged in oral sex for money (one man on his knees at the other man's crotch, who was holding money).
  • SMOKING
  • Loc Dog's mother smokes.
  • People smoke at a barbeque.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The fact that none of this material is meant to be taken at face value and is instead intended to be spoofing another genre.
  • VIOLENCE
  • (A great deal of the material listed in each category is meant to be viewed as humorous and not to be taken at face value. Still, you should consider whether or not you and your children will see it that way.)
  • A youth is shot while standing in the street. The guy who shot him mentions that most people don't reach the age of 21 and then he's shot dead.
  • A bicyclist flies over a car after hitting it.
  • Ashtray's father slaps him on the back of his head.
  • After shaving his son's head, Ashtray's father pours ammonia on it that stings.
  • A man steals an ice cream truck at gunpoint.
  • Loc Doc's grandmother wants to fist fight Ashtray, but he doesn't want to. She continues to egg him on and he finally slugs her, knocking her to the floor.
  • A gunshot is fired through the door at Loc Dog's house.
  • Crazy Legs previously was shot in a drive by shooting and is paralyzed.
  • Loc Dog holds a handgun to a girl's head to make her give him her phone number.
  • Toothpick and his gang drive up and hold their guns on Ashtray. Loc Dog arrives and shows his guns. The gang then shows a grenade launcher and Loc Dog responds b showing his nuclear missile he has in his truck.
  • Loc Dog fires his handgun at two Chinese store owners. A bullet grazes the woman's arm and another hits a light fixture that then falls and knocks them on their heads.
  • A student is shot by a skinhead sniper on a college campus.
  • Ashtray's driving instructor robs a bank at gunpoint and then holds the gun on Ashtray during his driving test.
  • Loc Dog gets a job as a crash test dummy and his car is seen careening into a brick wall.
  • A little kid holds a gun on Ashtray while they play video games.
  • Dashiki tells Ashtray that she's bought a butcher's knife and the next man that loves her and leaves her -- she'll "cut off his ball and chop off his d*ck."
  • Dashiki throws items at Ashtray to make him leave her house and ends the barrage by throwing a baby stroller at him.
  • A cop menacingly holds his gun on Ashtray while arresting him and Loc Dog.
  • Cops are seen playing a video game, "Rodney's Ride" where animated cops beat an animated motorist.
  • Ashtray and others beat up one of Toothpick's gang members with punches and kicks.
  • A punk steals an elderly woman's walker at gunpoint.
  • Toothpick's gang starts a drive by shooting and Loc Dog fires back at them. Crazy Legs then uncontrollably rolls out into the street where he's hit by Toothpick's car (and ends up in the hospital, but no worse for the wear).
  • In an emergency room, a man is seen completely engulfed in flames.
  • Ashtray comes into Dashiki's living room, wildly swinging his arms about, and accidentally knocks out all of her children.
  • Toothpick's gang begins another drive by shooting with machine guns and handguns. Loc Dog's grandmother comes out of the house shooting a gun and there's a car crash where one of the gang members flies through the air and lands of the hood of a police car. Seen dead are an older couple sitting on their front porch and two men who were evidently engaged in oral sex for money (one man on his knees at the other man's crotch, who's holding money).
  • Toothpick's mother beats him with a shoe.



  • Reviewed November 11, 1996

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