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Wed 30th October : Hip Hop Cinema #3 - Don't Be a Menace

  • The Flinders 63 Flinders St, Darlinghurst Sydney (map)

Not The Average presents Hip Hop Cinema
Classic & Rare Hip Hop inspired movies & docos on the big screen
Every 2nd Wednesday at The Flinders!!!


HHK Cinema which will now take place every 2nd Wednesday from 7-9pm (during Happy Hour) right before we get into flexing our mic skills at Hip Hop Karaoke!!! 

This week we are screening the classic Hip Hop comedy, Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. 

Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Paris Barclay, and produced by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and also written by Wayans brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who also both starred in the lead roles. The film was released in the United States on January 12, 1996.

The film spoofs a number of black, coming-of-age, 'hood films' such as Juice, Jungle Fever, South Central, Higher Learning, Do the Right Thing, Poetic Justice, New Jack City, Dead Presidents, Friday, and most prominently Boyz n the Hood and Menace II Society, all primarily released between 1988 and 1995, and also mixes the names of a few of those titles to form the long title of the film. Some actors in the film also starred in the films the movie parodies, a few even in the same scenes and characters.

Ashtray (Shawn Wayans), Tray for short, is sent to the inner city to live with his father. Tray gets an education about life on the streets from his psychotic, gun-toting cousin Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans), self-hater Preach (Chris Spencer), and Crazy Legs (Suli McCullough). At a picnic Tray falls for the infamous Dashiki (Tracey Cherelle Jones) much to the distaste of ex-convict Toothpick (Darrell Heath). While Ashtray and Loc Dog head to buy some snacks, Toothpick and his posse confront Ashtray and hold him at gunpoint, until Loc Dog threatens them and they flee. Loc Dog and Ashtray are then confronted by 'The Man' who tosses his gun to them and leaves.

Meanwhile, Ashtray and Loc-Dog's Grandma rides to church and another elderly woman disses her and they have a breakdancing contest in the church in which Grandma wins.

Ashtray visits Dashiki where they engage in sexual intercourse and Tray impregnates Dashiki. Feeling like he's not responsible enough to be the father, Dashiki kicks him out. One of Toothpicks soldiers threatens Ashtray, Loc Dog, Preach, and Crazy Legs. Loc Dog knocks him out as him and Preach proceed to stomp him, flattening him (literally). The quartet decides to get protection from their friend Old School. This tactic fails as Toothpick performs another drive-by and Crazy Legs is injured. Tray decides to confront Dashiki and be the father. Dashiki agrees to give Tray another try and they decide to leave the hood as planned. Ashtray and Loc Dog talk about Ashtray's departure as Toothpick and his posse prepare for another drive-by and he and Loc Dog clash as Ashtray flees and trips and is knocked out as Loc and Toothpick fight, until Grandma pops out of the dumpster and shoots Toothpick's car as he is flung out and he lands on a cop car. Preach and Dashiki find Ashtray hurt and he regains consciousness and kisses Dashiki. A woman finds Toothpick (who turns out to be his mother) and beats him with his shoe for stealing from her in the past.

Afterwards, everyone goes their separate ways, Ashtray and Dashiki marry and enjoy their lives, Loc Dog becomes a host and introduces himself with extreme profanity, Preach and his crush settle down and perform sexual intercourse, Crazy Legs becomes a dancer as he had dreamed of, and Grandma is, as Ashtray puts it, 'still Grandma' (showing her smoke marijuana).