Lawrence O'Toole
May 15, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hangin' With the Homeboys

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
88 minutes
performer
Doug E. Doug, John Leguizamo, Mario Joyner, Nestor Serrano
director
Joseph B. Vasquez
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Joseph B. Vasquez
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B

Four buddies from the South Bronx, two black and two Puerto Rican, head for the pleasures of Manhattan on a Friday night. They crash a party and a car, go after girls, get nabbed jumping subway turnstiles, squeeze into a single booth to watch a peep show in Times Square, and discover a few home truths along the way. No mindless melange of boyz-on-the-loose misadventures, Joseph B. Vasquez’s movie has unexpected depth, especially in its depiction of the simmering racial tensions between the boys. The writing is sharp and the characters sure, with a crackerjack cast of John Leguizamo, Doug E. Doug, Mario Joyner, and Nestor Serrano. The direction is a touch amateurish, but that’s a liability and refreshing at the same time. At loose ends on a Friday night, anyone anywhere would do well to consider Hangin’ With the Homeboys B

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