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Juice

Juice

Juice is an inexpensive urban western.  The four main characters explore the dangers of growing up on the streets of Harlem.  The film stars Omar Epps, Khalil Kain, Jermaine Hopkins (Lean On Me), and Tupac Shakur (from the musical group Digital Underground).

The four young men are generally about adolescent mischief which becomes more and more serious with each event.  They are motivated by old James Cagney gangster films which they watch rather than going to school.  It becomes seriously violent when a murder is committed by one of the four.  The sad fact is that many young minority men grow up in a society where serious violence exists and is accepted as "normal."

The one with the gun has Juice (power) and he uses it to eliminate anyone who disagrees with him.  In the end, one remains and he rejects Juice.

Juice may have had an idea to present but the film is technically poor, the sound is hollow and the script is shallow.  It simply takes advantage of those it purports to care about, minority kids who are lost in American society.  This film will not redirect their energy, it simply will take their money and reinforce the wrong message to the general population.  Perhaps films about blacks and hispanics that are a part of the tapestry of American society won't sell, but they might be worth the effort.

 
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