. To what degree does the movie shed light on common or universal social and human problems? Pleasantville is a social satire written and directed by Gary Ross in 1998. It is about two teenagers, Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) and David (Toby Maguire), who are magically transported from the 1990s into a black-and-white 1950s sitcoms set in a perfect world called Pleasantville. The world where everything is simple and in order, but when David and Jennifer enter the realms now as Bud and Mary Sue and they do not conform to the idyllic vision of suburbia changes begin to occur.
Boyz N the Hood was filmed in a run down and troubled urban environment with a large population of people. Neighborhoods like that are referred to as ghettos and they are filled with low income families and consist of old beat up homes. Ghettos normally consist of minorities and have major issues with their youth and employment. Kids are growing up in poor, single family homes with no father figure to look up to. The lack of role models in their life’s affects the way they grow up and this leads generations of people doing the same thing in the same place.
The main character of this film tries to navigate a difficult life of being bullied for his differences from his peers, the actions of his mother, and the importance of not allowing others to define and dictate your life-path. There are three chapters in his life which outline the influences, circumstances, and choices the main character makes. This film is challenging to watch and has moments deep remorse and shame. The provoking subjects of gay, black, male, poverty, illicit drugs, and addiction all converge to deliver a powerful message. Everyone struggles with identity and sometimes the struggle defines you.
A role of the ghetto as an actor is underlined constantly by the narration of protagonist’s father played by Laurence Fishburne narration: in a manner that shifts between socially critical and conspiratorial, he constantly refers to the ghetto as a system that is specifically designed to swallow up its citizens into the underbelly of crime. He describes it as an influence of the racist system designed to destroy African American community: the liquid stores are opened at every corner, the weapon traffic is high, police is brutal and fail to stop dealers of crack. From another perspective, however, unwillingly and unintentionally he himself is a part of a problem, and in the very beginning of the movie he gets a possibility to become a part of a solution. As a divorced parent of a son who received unexpectedly a change to prevent his misfortunate and rebellious son from the path of the crime. Either a sign of systematic oppression or a result of demand and offer equilibrium, the ghetto is a neighborhood-to-prison pipeline, a system of violent socialization the result of life in which is statistically
Also, the audience receives the lesson that black Americans are not defined by their class in correlation to where they end up in life. This movie was shown from a side that glorified white Americans for being benevolent. However, it showed that they were humbled by their
The film focuses on the early lives of rappers like Eazy E, Ice Cube, and Dr.Dre, illustrating how they became members of the N.W.A and the rise of their music career. The music they produced was considered “reality rap”, because the lyrics of their songs talked about real life issues that black males had to face in their communities. Their songs told the truth about life in the hood, which is why so many people began to react in different ways and started a cultural war. “The real threat in the music was to the social order, employing a masculine bravado. The music is a reversal of criminality tropes, while functioning as a resource for resistance to spatial surveillance and police violence” (Sanchez, 30), this quote from the ebook successfully explains the breakdown of the music the N.W.A members produced.
Within the film the references to gangs, The T- Birds for the boys and The Pink Ladies for the girls, already has a negative tone against African Americans. For example The T-Birds dressed in all black leather, associating them with the African American race, and having the audience perceive them as “bad”. On the other hand The Pink Ladies were dressed in all pastels and very light color,
Considering the arguments discussed throughout the chapters of my analysis, the history and evolution of African Americans will always intertwine with society, since the slavery era. This thesis outlined the African American stereotypes and if they’ve progressed over time. This research also observed how the film industry continued to change negative stereotypes into accurate representations of African American culture and experiences. D. W. Griffith’s film changed the history of films and remains the original foundation of Hollywood cinema, even though, it is the most racist film in history. The Birth of a Nation’s narrative assembles negative black stereotypes to empower white supremacy, always affecting the cinema’s engraving of race.
In the movie “Boyz in the Hood” it is set in the inner city of Los Angeles, that portrays the social problems and issues that arose in the early 90’s. It shows the story line of three guys who are best friends that grew in “in the hood” on the same street, and the problems they face of a daily basis. Ricky and Doughboy are two half-brothers, with two different ambitions in life. Ricky is your typical high school star athlete who is trying his hardest to get a scholarship to USC, to make a better life for him and his girlfriend and their child. Doughboy was succumbed into violence, gang affiliation, and alcohol due to being in and out of juvenile detention centers growing up, although he was into gang and violence Doughboy still maintains a
The film Boyz n the Hood is a depiction of African American culture in an urban and suburban background. The film provides us with its many themes including gender roles, black-on-black violence, the image and role of education in young African American men. The fact that this film discusses a variety of different themes and develops the coming-of-age story of an individual, demonstrates the intricacy and the endlessness of education in an individual’s life. The ‘New Jim Crow’ discusses the social norms and unofficial regulations and occurrences that are elements of large amounts of African Americans becoming isolated from the rest of society through incarceration and
The film starts out with an African American man walking in the suburbs. He sees a car and is frightened. A person in a hood strangles him from behind and kidnaps him. This illustrates the fear African Americans have in a white society. The movie then fasts forwards to New York City and turns the focus on Chris who is a successful young photographer.
The emergence of Hip Hop and Rap took America by storm causing an overwhelming amount of controversy throughout the common American culture of the 1980s and 1990s. From several different perspectives the new genre was seen as a disturbance which created violence and was quickly rejected by fear. Some promoters refused to book the genres artist and radio stations refused to play the music. For others it was an expression of rhythm and poetry. For others it was an outlet that addressed racism, education, sexism, drug use, and spiritual uplift for the African American community.
In the movie “Friday” it displays a typical day in the ghetto and what obstacles two young black men had to go through just to get through one day. Ice Cube a famous American rapper from LA’s popular 90’s hip hop group NWA wrote this historic black comedic/drama film and along plays the main character Craig Jones. Craig plays the neighborhood hero after a chaotic day where he deals with bullies, his love life, annoying neighbors, and scary drug dealers. The film is based in south central LA in the mid 90’s where Craig and his best friend Smokey who is played by comedian/actor Chris Tucker find themselves in trouble after thinking it would be a typical Friday in the ghetto. Craig a young black man in his early twenties lives at home with his parents is determined to leave the ghetto but there 's just some things holding him back.