What Is the Movie "Don't Be a Menace..." About?


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"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood," commonly abbreviated as "Don't Be a Menace," is a parody film that lampoons black gangster films of the early 1990s. The movie features diverse comic elements borrowed from many different films.

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"Don't Be a Menace" was written the Wayans Brothers, who also star in the film. Shawn Wayans plays Ashtray, a young black man sent to the inner city to live with his father, played by Lahmard Tate, who is actually younger than Wayans. Marlon Wayans plays Ashtray's cousin, Loc Dog, a highly armed and dangerous criminal who drives a UPS truck loaded with ballistic weapons. Keenan Ivory Wayans makes sporadic appearances as The Mailman, who appears out of nowhere to deliver important moral lessons.

The plot of the film focuses on Ashtray's love for Dashiki, a "hood mother" with seven kids by seven different men, played by Tracey Cherelle Jones. After impregnating Dashiki, Ashtray makes a committed effort to be a husband to her and a father to their kids, prompting their decision to leave the hood. However, they are attacked by Toothpick, a violent criminal and Dashiki's ex-boyfriend, played by Darrell Heath. Loc Dog and Toothpick engage in an elongated battle in which Ashtray is shot, only to be saved at the last minute by a kiss from Dashiki. The film ends with the couple married and enjoying their lives, as Toothpick is beaten by his mother as punishment for his criminal activities.

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