JUICE marks the directorial debut of Ernest Dickerson, best known as Spike Lee's cinematographer of choice. Dickerson also co-wrote this energetic, but uneven, story about four young men coming of age on the streets of Harlem.
In a kind of dark variation on the excellent HANGIN' WITH THE HOMEBOYS, JUICE takes us into the lives of four friends, one of whom aspires to something more than the daily round of "ditching" school and sparring with rival gangs. "Q" (Omar Epps) dreams of being a DJ, but his plans to make it big,
via a local talent contest, are threatened by his friend Bishop (Tupac Shakur). Bishop's ambitions are somewhat less artistic; the bitterest and ...