When hardened gang leader Bobby Johnson gets out of prison in 1981, he drifts back into the clutches of Deuce gang boss, Ray Ray, who urges him to “get even” with the man responsible for stealing Johnson’s addicted wife’s affections. However, Johnson gets to know his “surprise” baby boy and becomes poignantly attached to him. He takes him everywhere, feeds him and cares for him. When Johnson murders his wife’s lover, he ends back in prison and does not see his son again until he’s ten years old. Through his Muslim cellmate, Ali, Johnson learns to love instead of hate and determines to show his son a better way of life when he gets out.
SOUTH CENTRAL speaks eloquently to black children desperately in need of straight talk. At the film’s end, Jimmy (Johnson’s son) has to choose between his dad and his new “attitude,” or Ray Ray and his stealing, drug dealing ways where the profits are lucrative, although violent. The movie contains excellent acting, directing and a much-needed message about the importance of children having fathers to help them grow up. Be aware, however, that the film misrepresents Islam as pacifist and is filled with obscenities, profanities and extreme, graphic bloody violence.
(B, LLL, VVV, S, A/D, FR, M) The theme that boys need their fathers is marred by: in excess of 75 obscenities & profanities; extreme, graphic bloody violence in stabbings, shootings, fist fights, & killings; some sexual innuendo, but nothing shown; drug dealing & use; commendation of Islam; and, theft of car stereos & revenge sought for shootings.