Parents' Guide to

Juice

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Gun violence, profanity in gritty '90s crime drama.

Movie R 1992 95 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

It’s a realistic film with a great story

It’s a horror-type hood film. The film realistically shows what can happen when people who don’t have self control don’t get the help they need. Ultimately it leads to the villain’s downfall. It teaches kids to stay away from that lifestyle.
age 11+

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 falling for peer pressure.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

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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