Created By: Donster20 on March 10, 2012 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on October 17, 2015

Movies in the Hood

A Hood Film

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A Hood Movie was a type of movie genre that was popular and many of them was being made during the late 1980s through the mid 1990s but they were really popular during The '90s. They were about urban life, often in a "ghetto" type situation. They were usually a Coming-of-Age Story film with a African American boy (occasionally a Hispanic American boy) that was a teenager or young adult being the protagonist and the rest of the film would depict how life is living in the Ghetto. The ghetto setting frequently overlaps with Gangsterland.

Not to be confused with films about Robin Hood.

Tropes usually found with this Type of Genre include:

Films of this type:

Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • March 11, 2012
    The description needs work. "Coming OF Age" film, not "Coming Age." It's good policy, if you can, to list at least three examples when starting a YKTTW (asking for help with finding more examples is acceptable too).

    The ghetto setting frequently overlaps with Gangsterland.

    • Finding Forrester: African American teenager is mentored by a reclusive elderly writer.
    • Do The Right Thing: Set in a Brooklyn ghetto on the hottest day of the summer, when temperatures and racial tensions boil out of control.
    • American Me has elements of this, but also has a somewhat broader scope, being loosely about the origins of the modern Mexican Mafia.
  • March 11, 2012
    I would also recommend expanding the laconic so it's not just a variation of the title: the laconic should be a brief description of the trope, not a reduplication of the title of the trope.
  • March 11, 2012
    The Wayans Brothers movie Dont Be A Menance To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood is a parody of these kinds of movies.Specifically the title parodies Menance II Society, Boyz Inthe Hood, Juice, and South Central which are all examples.
  • March 11, 2012
    Blank Man is an example of a Hood Superhero Movie.
  • March 11, 2012
    Movies in the Hood would be a funny title.
  • March 12, 2012
    I would suggest italicizing titles of works to distinguish them from the tropes you listed.
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  • March 13, 2012
    Seconding Movies In The Hood.
  • May 10, 2013
    I think there should be a comment at the end of the description saying "Not to be confused with films about Robin Hood." For a very brief moment on first seeing the title, that's what came to mind.
  • May 10, 2013
    Anothet vote for description needs work. It needs to explain that this is about urban life, often in a "ghetto" type situation within the first two lines or so. At first I thought this was some obscure subgenre of gangster movies from the 30s or something that I'd never heard of until The Eighties and The Ninties were mentioned and I saw the examples.
  • May 10, 2013
    And I Thought It Meant movies like The Wild One with leather jacketed, biker type hoods. Perhaps a Custom Title as 'hood Movie would resolve that?
  • May 11, 2013
    ^People don't say "the Hood" like that. It's just the Hood.

    For a split second upon seeing the title, I thought it had to do with hoodlums--like a YA movie set in the ghetto or something. Would Ghetto Movie be a better name? You cannot exactly say "Movies In The Hood" in the singular. Or simply In The Ghetto (though that's admittedly a bit trope namer-y).

    The film section should be an index, I think.
  • June 11, 2013
    ^But isn't "Hood" short for "Neighborhood"? On The Other Wiki "'hood" (including apostrophe) is defined as "slang for neighbourhood or ghetto" and 'hood itself redirects to Neighbourhood.