In the movie JUICE, Raheem, Q, Steel, and Bishop live in a fast-paced, volatile environment where juice, or respect, is everything, and nothing else matters. The boys decide to get a little juice by robbing an elderly merchant. Q, who dreams of becoming a disk jockey, wants no part, but when pressured, joins them. Bishop kills the storekeeper. Q, Raheem and Steel are furious, and a gun fires. In response, Bishop shoots, and Raheem is dead. Just like that, Bishop has juice. He uses his newfound juice to keep Q and Steel in line, threatening to kill them if they betray him. Yet, paranoia sets in, and Bishop concludes that he has to eliminate Q and Steel. A confrontation ensues, and Bishop ends up dangling from a roof top. Q tries to save him, but Bishop tumbles to his death.
JUICE has all the essentials to attract teenagers: rap music, drug use, sex, and violence. The cinematography is good and the performances are believable. However, as with BOYZ IN THE HOOD which incited knifings and murders, this type of movie too often encourages susceptible teenagers to mimic the worse behavior of the lead characters, in spite of the moralistic endings which purport to condemn violence.
(LLL, VVV, NNN, SSS, A/D) Over 100 obscenities & profanities; shootings, theft, & murder; male and female nudity; graphic fornication; and, alcohol consumption & drug use.