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''Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood'', (or ''Don't Be A Menace'' for short), is a 1996 Wayans Brothers parody of "growing up in the hood" movies, particularly, as the name suggests, ''Film/MenaceIISociety'', ''South Central'', ''Juice'', and ''Film/BoyzNTheHood''. Taking every trope those movies were known for and [[PlayingWithATrope turning them]] upside down, this movie is considered one of the funniest movies the Wayans ever made.

Ashtray (Shawn Wayans) is left by his mother to live with his estranged father in the hood, with [[ComingOfAgeStory the intentionally weak explanation that he needs to learn how to be a man.]] While hanging out with his crazy cousin Loc Dog and their friends, he quickly gets caught up in violence and crime. He also falls in love with Dashiki, a promiscuous woman with 7 kids, which draws the attention of her AmbiguouslyGay ex-con boyfriend, Toothpick.

!!Works parodied:
* ''Film/BoyzNTheHood''
* ''Film/DeadPresidents''
* ''Film/{{Friday}}''
* ''Film/HigherLearning''
* ''Film/{{Juice}}''
* ''Film/MenaceIISociety''
* ''Film/SouthCentral''
* ''Film/PoeticJustice''

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer:
** During sex with his girlfriend, Ashtray meets her aged, overweight mom, who tells her daughter to "hold him down and let Mama have him!" He immediately [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere beats a hasty retreat]].
** Later, Loc Dog and a pretty girl named [=LaQuanda=] flirt for a little while. While talking, she blithely does gross things like picking her nose and farting. Finally, Loc Dog rejects her and runs off, leaving [=LaQuanda=] [[InnocentlyInsensitive rather confused]].
** [[RuleofThree And THEN]], Loc meets a shy girl named Keisha. She warns him that when she gets drunk, she "gets a little crazy". [[TemptingFate He wants to see this, so he gives her a few drinks]]. In this case, 'getting crazy' means she turns into a pale-skinned, monstrous and violent version of herself that proceeds to have her way with a [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl panicking]] Loc.
* AbsurdlyYouthfulFather: A running gag is that Ashtray's father is not much older than his son, which is not helped by the man's immaturity. It's actually implied in some scenes that Ashtray is somehow ''older'' than his dad. This is parodying the fact that Creator/LaurenceFishburne was only seven years older than Cuba Gooding Jr in ''Boyz in the Hood'', despite being father and son.
* AffectionateParody: It's a lighthearted parody of "hood movies" in general, with some criticism aimed at the fact that some black actors were pigeonholed into these roles at the time.
* AnyoneCanDie / SwitchingPOV: The first two narrators are gunned down shortly after the opening credits. Ashtray steps in to finish the story.
* AngryBlackMan: Preach is a parody of this. He makes powerful speeches about the tyranny of whites, but is unashamed of his fetish for white women.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Parodied and Lampshaded.[[invoked]]
-->"MESSAGE!"
* AsianStoreOwner: The owners of the gas station.
* BadassBoast: Attempted by Toothpick, and it works... at first:
-->"I don't give a damn about going to jail! You can take me to jail! Shit, lock me up! Throw away the key! [[TooMuchInformation I ain't 'fraid to fuck somebody in his ass!]]"
* BerserkButton: Don't insult Loc Dog's mother, or cause him to think you did. Shooting will ensue.
--> ''What you say about my mama? Hmm?''
* {{BFG}}: Loc Dog incorporates his gun collection into his wardrobe. He even keeps a live nuclear missile in his truck, which he uses to scare off crooks.
* BigEater: Big ''drinker'' in this case. Ashtray's aunt downs an ''entire 40-ounce'' of malt liquor in one sitting. Mercifully, the camera cuts away to Ashtray looking on (unconcerned) then cuts back to his aunt as she finishes, so that the actress herself wouldn't have to down the whole thing.
** A similar example happens later with a girl (played by PaulaJaiParker) at Ashtray's going away party. The scene also cuts away and when it cuts back, we see that not only is she now very heavily intoxicated, but there are also several empty liquor bottles behind her that were not there before.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: This is how Ashtray misinterprets Dashiki's comment that he can't live up to his "responsibilities".
-->'''Dashiki:''' Oh, so you're man enough to come up in me, but you ain't man enough to take care of what comes out, get my nails done, pay my rent, ''and'' get me a new car? You know what? You ain't nothing but a little boy.
-->'''Ashtray:''' Ain't all about the size of the boat! It's the motion in the ocean.
-->'''Dashiki:''' ...That's not what I'm talking about.
* BoomerangBigot: Officer Self Hatred (played by BernieMac)
-->You ain't so tough now, little nigga. I hate your black bastards, you stink! I hate your black skin. I hate your black pants. I hate black pepper. I hate black keys on a piano. I hate my gums, because they're black. I hate Whoopi Goldberg's lips. I hate the back of Forrest Whittaker's neck. Huh? Most of all, I hate that black-ass Wesley Snipes.
* CaptainErsatz: Many, since it's a parody. In particular Film/BoyzNTheHood's Tre becomes "Ashtray," ''Film/MenaceIISociety'''s O-Dog becomes Loc Dog, etc.
* CoolOldLady: Ashtray's grandmother. How else do you describe a grandmother who thinks her grandson (who just punched her across a table) "hits like a bitch," raids her other grandson's stash of weed, blasts Wu-Tang out of a lowrider, and ''cuts people's heads off with one swing of a machete?''
* ClusterFBomb: Loc Dog's Granny is just FULL of them, as is his mother.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Parodied.
* CorruptChurch: The preacher, who urges his young, female congregation to call him whenever they get "Hot, Bothered, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Hot and Bothered]]", and tells the rest not to ask why he has such a nice house and car, and just keep sending their tithes.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Ashtray's neighborhood looks more like a very clean suburb than a ghetto. But there are a lot of gangs, people get gunned down in broad daylight, and everything from ice cream trucks to ''walkers'' are liable to get stolen at gunpoint. Played for laughs, of course.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadAss: The only job Loc Dog is smart enough to qualify for is a human crash test dummy. But he's got a huge gun collection and he's got no problem with using them.
* DecoyProtagonist: Parodied. The film opens up with a youth addressing the audience on what it's like to live in the hood...only to be shot dead, and for his killer to take over the speech. Then ''he'' gets shot. It's only once Ashtray's narration kicks in when the film establishes who the real protagonist is.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud:
** Early in the movie, Toothpick, the villain, [[BadassBoast loudly declares that prison doesn't faze him at all]]. This keeps going until he proudly admits he raped a man in jail. When everyone reacts [[{{Squick}} the way you'd expect]], he pretends he was just joking. They don't buy it.
** Later, Ashtray's talk in bed manages to gross out even the promiscuous Dashiki. When she stares at him and gives him a FlatWhat, he pretends to have not said anything.
* DirtyKid: Ashtray's father implicitly conceived his son ''while he was still in diapers!''
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: One scene implies Loc Dog is cooking drugs in his kitchen, [[spoiler: only to reveal he was baking and decorating a multi-tiered cake instead.]] Another features Toothpick and several of his men talking about an initiate to their crew being "jumped in." [[spoiler: They have him literally jump ropes afterward, complete with playground rhymes.]]
* {{Flanderization}}: As part of the above.
* GeniusDitz: Yes, Loc Dog is an idiot, but when it comes to guns, or [[spoiler:baking cakes]], he has no peer.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Loc Dog. His fool proof way to get a woman's number is to demand it from her at gunpoint.
* HypocriticalHumor: Preach lambasts Ashtray and Loc Dog for using "nigga" [[NWordPrivileges in their vernacular]], arguing that it demeans their entire race. Immediately after this he asks them to remind him that he still needs to pick up his laundry from "that chink motherfucker up the street".
* InTheLocalTongue: Dashiki explains that her name is Swahili for "doggy-style."
* LongTitle: Long enough that ThisVeryWiki's search function can't list the whole name in the results.
** The title is actually changed to ''Ghetto Blaster'' in some markets due to this.
* TheMan: Portrayed as an ACTUAL white guy running around keeping the black man down, similar to Film/UndercoverBrother, to the point where he uses a sniper rifle to kill one of Ashtrays and Loc's friends to keep him from going to college.
* MissingMom: Spoofed at the beginning. Ashtray's mother shows up in one scene to drop him off at his father's house. She then abandons him permanently after this exchange:
--> '''Ashtray''': Will I see you again?
--> '''Ashtray's mother''': Sorry, baby. [[EnforcedTrope You know there ain't no positive black females in these movies]].
* MoreDakka: Loc Dog's solution to any problem is to keep shooting at it.
* MythologyGag: A lot of the characters are played by actors from the parodied movies, including two actors from ''Film/MenaceIISociety'' who basically reprise their roles.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Loc Dog's grandmother [[BigDamnHeroes single handedly foils the drive-by]] at the movie's climax.
* NWordPrivileges: This IS a Wayans Brothers movies about people in South Central...
* NoFourthWall / MediumAwareness: The characters routinely acknowledge that they're in a hood movie, but are uninformed enough to [[WrongGenreSavvy try to take it seriously at times]]. Ashtray even has an over the top [[HeroicBSOD breakdown]] in Dashiki's house, causing her to ask:
-->'''Dashiki:''' ...What are you doing?!
-->'''Ashtray:''' Trying to win [[OscarBait Best Actor at the Soul Train Awards]].
* NukeEm: The ultimate response Loc Dog has to the threat posed by Toothpick's cronies, a nuclear missile hidden in his mail truck.

* {{Profiling}}: Parodied in the gas station scene. The {{Asian Store Owner}}s consistently harass Ashtray and Loc Dog while they're frequenting their store, while completely ignoring the white customer who is robbing them blind in plain view of everyone.
** The start of the scene sets the tone nicely - the white customer enters to a generic chime, while Ashtray and Loc Dog's entry is somehow greeted with that same chime saying "niggas!"
* ReallyGetsAround: Dashiki, the main love interest. She even points out that the only reason she even gives Ashtray the time of day is because she needs a "pussy-whipped fool" to take care of her seven children.
* RealMenWearPink: Loc Dog is not afraid to wear bunny slippers in public, and he loves baking cakes.
* RecordNeedleScratch: After Toothpick's PrisonRape confession.
* RunningGag: Several.
** Keenan Ivory Wayans plays a mailman who yells "MESSAGE!" whenever a character makes a profound statement.
** The crackhead from ''Film/MenaceIISociety'' appears, offering people blowjobs for just about anything, including directions.
** Every time someone looks out on the street, someone is stealing something. This starts with an Ice Cream truck (a reference to ''Film/{{Friday}}'') and gets increasingly ridiculous from there.
* SelfDeprecation: When Dashiki is introduced, Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans) warns Ashtray (Shawn Wayans) that she has more kids than Ms. Wayans.
* SpoofAesop: Parodying Doughboy's speech in Film/BoyzNTheHood, and also Trey's father giving him a speech about drunk driving... about how much fun it is, anyway.
** Also Trey admits he had unprotected sex with Dashiki, to which his father... congratulates him. "Never use condoms, son, they take away ALL the feeling!"
* TitleDrop: Used by Loc Dog near the end of the movie:
-->'''Loc Dog:''' [[Film/BoyzNTheHood Either they don't know, don't show,]] or just don't care about being a menace to South Central while they drink they juice in the hood.\\
'''Mailman:''' ... the ''fuck'' is he talkin' about!?
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: A hospital receptionist has a stick of gum, pen, and cup of water stored in her cleavage.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Here's how Preach justifies his fetish for white women:
-->'''Preach:''' I'm just trying to do to white women what the white ''man'' has been doing to us for 400 years!
-->'''Crazy Legs:''' Yeah? What's that?
-->'''Preach:''' Fuck 'em!
** It's also [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggerated]]. The first girl that Preach decides to pursue (and ultimately ends up marrying/shacking up with) specifically because she's white is downright ugly, while ignoring the attractive black woman in front of her.
* WordSaladPhilosophy: Farraconvict's increasingly inane philosophical ramblings.
** 'And always remember my brother, [[Creator/DrSeuss one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish]], knick knack, paddy whack, give a dog a bone, [[Music/{{Prince}} two thousand, zero, zero, party, oops! Out of time]], my bacon smellin' fine.'
* WouldntHitAGirl: [[WouldHitAGirl Subverted]]. Ashtray's grandmother dares him to hit her as hard as he can, which he naturally refuses at first. Then he suddenly hits her so hard that she flies over to the other side of a table. It's implied this is a tradition between the two, since her response is [[NeverMessWithGranny "You still hit like a bitch, motherfucker..."]]

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