ByJulian Gerdes, writer at
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Julian Gerdes

Hello and welcome! Yesterday I was nominated by the awesome Samuel Harries to take part in this weeks 5 Day Movie Recommendation Challenge. For the first day I can think of a dozen 90's comedies that deserve a proper shout-out. So, here's one that I've seen way too many times and still watch regularly to this day when I want a good laugh. If you already know what it is from the thumbnail image, then you're cool in my book.

Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood (1996)

I know what you'r thinking, that is a ridiculously long title. Indeed it is, and the film itself is just as ridiculous as it sounds. Don't Be A Menace (While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood) is a spoof on many black, coming-of-age and 'hood films' such as New Jack City, Dead Presidents, Poetic Justice, Boyz N The Hood, Menace II Society and more. The film released in 1996 and was produced by Keenon Ivory Wayans. Keenon's brothers, Shawn and Marlon Wayans wrote the film together and also starred in the the two leading roles.

Marlon (Loc Dog) & Shawn (Ashtray)
Marlon (Loc Dog) & Shawn (Ashtray)

The films plot is quite simple. Ashtray (played by Shawn Williams) is sent live in inner city Los Angeles to live with his dad. He's not the most 'street smart' individual when he arrives and quickly receives a crash course education on life in the hood from his cousin Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans). As I'm sure you can imagine, hilarity ensues.

If you've seen the many films that Don't Be A Menace parodies then you will enjoy it even more. Think of it as a comedy loaded with satirical easter eggs from all your favorite classics. The film is absolutely packed full of call-backs to beloved urban movies, as well as many 90's pop-culture references.


I must warn you, this movie is loaded to the brim with quotable scenes and lines that will remain lodged in your brain FOREVER. It's definitely one of my favorite comedies of all time, not just from the 90's era. If you're in the mood for some brainless laughs and chuckles at the expense of many serious dramas, then this one's for you.

Never be a menace. But if you must, do not do so while simultaneously drinking juice in the hood. - A Wise Man


What do you think, is this a comedy you'll be watching?

To keep this recommendation train moving I nominate Mara Mullikin, Sam Plank, Dalton Tevlin, Stelios Mitrousis, Re'Al Dunbar and Charlotte Kotterman.

Post your recommendation and why, then tag 5 members of the Moviepilot community each time you post a recommendation! Should you have any questions, feel free to comment or write me at [email protected].

In case you need them again, here are the categories!

5 Day Recommendation Challenge:

  • Day 1: Recommend a 90s Comedy (TV or Movie)
  • Day 2: Recommend a Cult Movie
  • Day 3: Recommend a TV Series That Ended Before its Time
  • Day 4: Recommend a Movie That Got Critically Panned
  • Day 5: Recommend a Comic Book Movie (that isn't Marvel or DC!)

Can't wait to see your guys' recommendations, thanks for checking mine out!


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