Menace II Society

Menace II Society

Allen Hughes (1993)

bbfc_rating|ages_18_and_over Certificate


Our Score
A searing, if bleak portrait of life in the 'hood from Allen and Albert Hughes, twins who were just 20 at the time it was made. Tyrin Turner is the surly adolescent, the son of a junkie mother and a drug-pushing dad, who's torn between nice single mom Jada Pinkett or a life of drive-by shootings and petty crime. There's no denying the visceral power of the Hughes Brothers' vision, but - with the exception of Pinkett - it's hard to have sympathy for any of the characters. Though the film is extremely violent, it only fell foul of the UK censor because of a scene offering tips on how to steal a car.


The son of a drug dealer follows his dead father into crime, being drawn into increasing levels of violence by his emotionally unstable best friend. He begins a relationship with a single mother, who tries to persuade him to turn his back on the dangerous life he leads. Drama, starring Tyrin Turner, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Larenz Tate and Samuel L Jackson.

Cast & Crew

Ronnie Jada Pinkett Smith
Caine Tyrin Turner
O-Dog Larenz Tate
Mr Butler Charles S Dutton
Detective Bill Duke
Tat Lawson Samuel L Jackson
Director Allen Hughes
Director Albert Hughes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: First Independent Films LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray