“ The characters are funny, how they interact with each other is entertaining, and the transitions between modern day and back in the day left me reeling to my childhood years.
“ I didn't see this one at the movie theater, but I rented the tape recently and it is a very enjoyable movie.
“Two words: unexpected quality!
“ The Wood is a good movie that was cleverly directed and very entertaining and enjoyable.
“ I liked it, but it could be slow sometimes.
“This second part of the film is basically a coming of age teen film which can be compared to the 1978 Isreali film Lemon Popsicle.
“ Unfortunately, the film dragged, lacking pace, or a real "beat" if you will.
“ If just because it seems so rare to find coming of age stories featuring young Black or Brown people which doesn't have heavy handed topics like we saw in Precious or Pariah.
“ An enjoyable film.
“This is the coming of age story of three black kids growing up in a suburb of Southern California.
“ Good, Entertaining Movie.
“ Any movie that effectively delivers the main point of the story, and does so with strong conviction and entertaining plot twists, gets a full rating in my book.
“ The cast backed up their director superbly and the result of this teamwork was a movie shining a soft light on the gentle coming of age of a group of young people crossing the bridge that lays in front of every young person in every country and at every time.
“ A brilliant, gentle peek into the coming of age of young people .
“ Both strands work quite well as long as you don't expect too much, it has a gentle humour that is pleasant and enjoyable and both strands seem to be able to carry it.
“ One of a recent spate of films which get "real" and desensationalize the Afro-Am male by taking them out of the ghetto and sticking them in a middle-class environment, "The Wood" is sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining though it is not without its awkward moments.
“ The importance of breath mints, the fear of asking a girl for a dance (and fear of erection during), the excitement of being seniors, the concern of losing your virginity, the pressure of being cool even with your own friends, the magic of getting a girl's number, the panic during close calls with the police, the nerves on the first day at a new school, unexpected friendships, dancing like no one is watching, the wrath of a bully, the camaraderie that can only come after being friends for years...
“ Movies are made to tell a story in an entertaining fashion.
“ Omar Epps' character, the most honest of the three friends and the who always plays the peacemaker, is the most compelling one in the whole movie.
“ Light and low on plot but an enjoyable little film with charm .
“ I know these "coming of age" movies have been used by directors many times before so the genre, if not worked very carefully, could fall into the trite pool and be lost forever.
“ This movie was very enjoyable.
“ Also, the 80's soundtrack is great and this is an entertaining movie.
“ This film, although it presents itself as a simple happy-go-lucky story in its trailers, is truly a well-written, well-acted, and easy to relate to coming of age story about three African American men who have grown up together on the streets of Inglewood, CA.
“ I wouldn't say this was a powerfully scripted movie, but it was entertaining.
“ However, this movie fails to take off and manifest itself as a really good coming of age story.