Combustible Celluloid
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With: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins, Khalil Kain, Cindy Herron, Vincent Laresca, Samuel L. Jackson, George Gore II, Grace Garland, Queen Latifah, Bruklin Harris, Victor Campos, Eric Payne, Sharon Cook, Darien Berry
Written by: Ernest R. Dickerson, Gerard Brown, based on a story by Ernest R. Dickerson
Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson
MPAA Rating: R for strong language, and for some violence
Running Time: 95
Date: 01/17/1992

Juice (1992)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Rhyming Hood

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson, who photographed Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992), among other films, makes his directorial debut with Juice (1992), an above-average story of four "boys in the hood." Omar Epps plays the stable one with a dream of becoming a deejay. Tupac Shakur plays the out-of-control one, who gets ahold of a gun and changes their lives forever. The film doesn't go for cheap exploitation, but instead explores the real struggles and consequences of being young and black, at the same time generating real suspense. The excellent cast also includes Samuel L. Jackson and Queen Latifah.

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