Movies in the Hood YKTTW Discussion
|Movies in the Hood|
A Hood Film
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 Nineties. 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:
- An Aesop:
- Angry Black Man: This character is usually not the protagonist, but he is usually a close friend to the protagonist. This character usually Blames the White Man for living in poverty.
- Any One Can Die
- Asian Store-Owner: Do the Right Thing, Menace II Society and Friday had one of these.
- Awesome MC Coo L Name: Almost every Hood Movie have character with a cool name but you can expect a name cool name from every other character except the protagonist .
- Big Applesauce: Some of the movies take place in the ghettos of New York like Juice, Do the Right Thing and Above The Rim.
- Bitter Sweet Ending: Many of those films ended like this.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Every character has one of these.
- Crap Sack World
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Many Real Life gangs are featured in these type of movies but are never mentioned .
- Coming-of-Age Story:Usually but not every movie has one of these plots
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Towards the end of the movie you see one of these.
- Dawson Casting: Most of the time.
- Disappeared Dad: If the protagonist's dad is in the movie, you can be sure there are many other main characters who have this type of dad.
- Downer Ending: Many of the films ended this way.
- Driven to Villainy.
- Drugs Are Bad: Usually showed how bad the effects can be from the protagonist or minor characters
- Earn Your Happy Ending.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas.
- Gang Bangers: Usually the villains of the film.
- Gangsta Rap: Most likely the whole soundtrack of the film.
- Gangster Land
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Many of the characters in the film except the main character.
- Heroic BSOD: The main character usually goes through this .
- Hey, It's That Guy!: You can expect to see a famous rapper,singer,or even athlete having a main or minor role in these films .
- Hollywood California:Many of these movies take place in the ghettos of Los Angeles like Boyz n the Hood, Menace II Society and the Friday film series.
- Inner City School
- Magical Negro: This type of character tries to help but usually does not make a big difference because nobody listens to him or her (depends on the movie).
- More Dakka
- Ms. Fanservice: There is one in every movie .
- Only Sane Man: The main character
- Police Are Useless.
- Police Brutality
- Pop-Culture Isolation:Many of the films suffer for this
- Malcolm Xerox:One of the characters has this problem.
- Samuel L. Jackson: He is at least in 3 out of 5 of these movies .
- Sassy Black Woman:Almost every Black Women in the movie is this type of character
- Scary Black Man:Each and every one these movie has one these type of characters.This character usually is misunderstood or he is antagonist of the movie.
- Soul Brotha
- Spicy Latina:If there is a Hispanic women in the movie you can expect her to be this .
- Straight Man:The main character is usually this .
- The Man: Always mentioned by one of the characters .
- The Stoner
- Token White
Films of this type:
- 8 Mile
- American Me has elements of this, but also has a somewhat broader scope, being loosely about the origins of the modern Mexican Mafia.
- Blank Man is an example of a Hood Superhero Movie.
- Boyzn The Hood
- Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood: This Wayans Brothers movie is a parody of these kinds of movies. Specifically, the title parodies Menace II Society, Boyzn The Hood, Juice, and South Central which are all examples.
- 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.
- Finding Forrester: African American teenager is mentored by a reclusive elderly writer.
- Menace II Society.
- South Central