A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Lead characters engage in shoplifting, then three of the lead characters are peer-pressured into robbing a neighborhood corner store at gunpoint.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lead characters talk about sex, claiming to have had sex with different girls in the neighborhood.
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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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens smoke marijuana, drink malt liquor. Drinking in a bar. Cigarette smoking.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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