Juice

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Gun violence, profanity in gritty '90s crime drama.
  • R
  • 1992
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

 Lead characters engage in shoplifting, then three of the lead characters are peer-pressured into robbing a neighborhood corner store at gunpoint. 

Violence

Characters shot and killed at close range, some shot in the head. Lead characters rob a neighborhood corner store at gunpoint, resulting in the shooting death of the clerk. One of the lead characters increasingly sees gun violence as the solution to his conflicts with others. A man attempts to rob a bar with a shotgun; news footage later shows that he was shot and killed by the police. Bullying -- physical altercations between one of the lead characters and members of a rival street gang. A fistfight between rival gang members. 

Sex

Lead characters talk about sex, claiming to have had sex with different girls in the neighborhood. 

Language

Frequent use of profanity. "F--k," "motherf---er," and "N" word regularly used. "F--k" used in one scene by a little boy. One of the lead characters uses a racial slur at a Puerto Rican rival. Homophobic slur used. "Bulls--t," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "damn." Middle finger gesture. After escaping from the police in a chase on foot, lead characters look at the police and grab their crotches. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens smoke marijuana, drink malt liquor. Drinking in a bar. Cigarette smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Juice is a 1992 crime drama in which four teenage friends in Harlem go down a violent path after an attempted gunpoint robbery of a corner store goes horribly wrong. The lead characters shoplift at a record store, drink malt liquor, and smoke marijuana before one of the four (played by Tupac Shakur) becomes increasingly violent, resorting to his gun to solve any conflicts with friends or enemies. Shooting deaths and injuries, often at close range. Frequent profanity, including the "N" word, "f--k," and "motherf---er." Racial and homophobic slurs. A man attempts to rob a bar with a shotgun; a news report shortly after says that the man was shot and killed by the police. Some bullying -- members of a rival gang verbally and physically accost one of the lead characters. Lead characters talk about sex, claiming to have had sex with different girls in the neighborhood. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 and 15-year-old Written bylisa s. August 9, 2019

Great Hood movie

There is a decent amount of language in this movie and a graphic scene or two but all in all it is a friendship movie and also shows some consequences of fallin... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 24, 2020

Best Crime Movie Ever

this movie is great for kids 9 and up there is not to much cussing and most kids 9 and up can handle the violence in this movie

What's the story?

Q (Omar Epps), Bishop (Tupac Shakur), Raheem, and Steel are four teens growing up in Harlem in JUICE. Inseparable, they spend their days hanging out, facing frequent harassment from a Puerto Rican street gang, and running from the police. But Q has bigger dreams, hoping to pass an audition to compete in a local DJ competition. Meanwhile, Bishop is tired of running of feeling disrespected on the streets and wants the group to take part in an armed robbery of a neighborhood corner store. Q is hesitant, as the night of the planned robbery coincides with the DJ competition, but succumbs to Bishop's manipulation. The four enter the corner store, and just before they leave, Bishop shoots and kills the clerk. While Q, Steel, and Raheem struggle with being an accessory to a homicide, Bishop grows increasingly disturbed and violent. As Bishop begins to turn on friends and enemies alike, Q must find a way to stop him. 

Is it any good?

Decades after its initial release, this film has stood the test of time. Its message of the lengths young men will go to find some control over their own destiny remains eternally relevant. Tupac Shakur's portrayal of a teen who grows increasingly dependent on gun violence to overcome feelings of powerlessness with friends and enemies alike manages to retain some depth and nuance, even as the character becomes more like a two-dimensional bad guy as the movie goes on. 

The plot loses some of the initial energy and originality as Shakur's character grows more evil. The horror movie tropes of Bishop (Shakur's character) appearing seemingly out of nowhere (with the requisite horror movie background music) is cheesy and superfluous. This aspect is what keeps Juice from being a classic crime drama. And yet, despite this, the themes of the movie remain central to the story, and what ultimately resonates is the coming-of-age tragedy of four friends, lost lives, and lost dreams. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about crime dramas. What are some of the elements of crime dramas, and what are some of the ways in which Juice can be classified as a crime drama? 

  • One of the lead characters is portrayed by Tupac Shakur, who has since become a hip-hop icon. Does the criminal behavior of the character he portrays set a bad example for impressionable viewers, or do you think viewers can separate fiction from reality? 

  • How are the characters shown resisting and succumbing to peer pressure? 

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