January 23rd, 2012: Don’t be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
Though I can’t remember high school one hundred percent, I think my old friends would have laughed their asses off at this movie. Don’t be a Menace is a movie I’ve been hearing about for quite some time but with no idea of what it was. I knew it was supposed to be good and then I saw it was a comedy by the Wayans Brothers so I thought I knew what to expect. Turns out though, it’s an incredibly well-made stupid movie and shows the trappings of both hood living and the movies about it. This is not a movie for everybody and a lot of people would probably find it moronic, but Don’t be a Menace is pretty damn funny.
Best Part: I’m going to have to give it up to Keenan Ivory Wayans jumping in random scenes of the movie just to say “MESSAGE!” You know, in case it wasn’t obvious enough, he wanted to clarify the scenes with depth. It was funny and perfectly timed the first go-around and even better the second, but the third is just well done.
Worst Part: I was surprised that I didn’t see more hate from the man. Early in the movie they show how the man is out to get brotha’s by planting evidence against him, but most of the movie doesn’t have whitey at all. Missed opportunity.
Side Note: This movie is really smart if you look past the humor and at the issues. The movie talks about absent fathers, poor female role models, gun escalation, and the necessary racism, just to name a few. All of these are handled well.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10. A smart, stupid movie.