As they say, "what happens in the hood stays in the hood". Well, before, that was possible. But nowadays, a lot more people and media have paid attention to the living conditions and the struggles found in these 'lesser neighborhoods'. Things like violence and poverty are just some of the prevalent themes you will see in movies that dwell on these places. However, life out there isn't all crime, ghetto music, and sadness. As you will see, films that depict life in these places are often true-to-life, realistic, and very compelling. Well, don't be fooled. As gritty as these flicks are, they are still very entertaining. And we're pretty sure you'd pick up a life lesson or two after watching a few titles. So, scroll down as we welcome you to 'the hood' by way of these cool movies.
Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 drama movie which is considered by many as the originator of 'hood films' in Hollywood. Director John Singleton's big screen debut straight-up depicts the social problems of inner-city Los Angeles in this Oscar-nominated drama flick. So, if you're looking to watch some certified movies from the ghetto, you might want to make this your first choice.
Take a virtual trip to the hood by way of 2002's City of God. The critically-acclaimed Brazilian film will show you what happens inside the dangerous hoods of Rio de Janeiro. What's more interesting? Well, the movie has utilized non-professional actors to show how organized crime prospers in the suburbs of Brazil while being brutal, violent, and realistic all at once.
Straight Outta Compton is one of 2015's most talked-about movies. It is a biographical drama that depicts how life inside a tough neighborhood has influenced people to succeed in life through music. We swear, you'd love this film if you're a hip-hop fan since it shows the rise and fall of the gangsta rap group N.W.A.
1991's 'Boyz n The Hood' was lauded by movie fans for its brutally honest depiction of life in South Central Los Angeles' neighborhoods. But, did you know that the movie was filmed entirely in that actual area? The movie's cast and crew even reportedly experienced threats and altercations while on set. Director John Singleton even admitted that they almost experienced gun violence at the hands of local gang members. Well, this just explains that the film wasn't written that way just to make a super violent movie. Instead, 'Boyz n The Hood' just wanted to be as real as it gets!
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