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Wed, Sep 21 at 8:00pm


  • Dir. John Singleton
  • USA
  • 1991
  • 112 min.
  • R
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Pizza and a Movie.

Pizza and a Movie, a co-presentation from Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria and the Belcourt Theatre, is a series of the best Black movies of the ‘90s. Join us for pizza, beer and ‘90s Blassics.


John Singleton’s celebrated chronicle of three friends growing up in a South Central Los Angeles neighborhood follows Doughboy (Ice Cube), an unambitious drug dealer; his brother Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a college-bound teenage father; and Ricky’s best friend Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), who aspires to a brighter future beyond South Central. In a world where a trip to the store can end in death, the friends have different approaches to coping with their bleak surroundings. Tre’s resolve is strengthened by a strong father (Laurence Fishburne) who keeps him on the right track. But the lessons Tre learns are put to the ultimate test when tragedy strikes close to home, and violence seems like the only recourse.

“A passionate drama shot with fluency and style, a study of what amounts to life during wartime, with people grimly used to gunfire and helicopters thudding overhead… a quarter of a century on, what is so striking is not the confrontational aggression but the movie’s humanity, idealism and lack of cynicism, bolstered by intelligent and powerful performances.” —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Singleton adroitly lets the emotions wash over the didacticism, his feet placed squarely on direct experience and timeliness.” —Desson Howe, Washington Post

“What makes the film so affecting is the no-nonsense direction and Singleton's sure, specific sense of the rewards and hardships of community; in this, he is lent excellent support from a fine cast.” —Geoff Andrew, Time Out