Baby Boy

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Ten years later, writer and director John Singleton returns to the South Central Los Angeles neighborhoods of his debut film Boyz 'N the Hood 1991. Tyrese Gibson stars as Jody, a jobless 20-year-old African-American man who has fathered two children by two different women, Yvette Taraji P. Henson and Peanut Tamara LaSeon Bass, although he still lives with his 36-year-old mother Juanita Adrienne-Joi Johnson. As Jody grapples with the increasing pressures of adult responsibility, he also contends with his troubled ...
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Ten years later, writer and director John Singleton returns to the South Central Los Angeles neighborhoods of his debut film Boyz 'N the Hood 1991. Tyrese Gibson stars as Jody, a jobless 20-year-old African-American man who has fathered two children by two different women, Yvette Taraji P. Henson and Peanut Tamara LaSeon Bass, although he still lives with his 36-year-old mother Juanita Adrienne-Joi Johnson. As Jody grapples with the increasing pressures of adult responsibility, he also contends with his troubled best friend Sweetpea Omar Gooding and new adversary Rodney Snoop Doggy Dogg. Then there's his mother's live-in boyfriend Marvin Ving Rhames, a reformed gangsta who agrees with Juanita that her son should grow up, move out, and move on.
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Since Boyz 'N the Hood put him on the map, John Singleton has gone as far afield from that territory as a director can, from color-blind social commentary (Higher Learning) to historical drama (Rosewood) to outright escapism (Shaft). Ten years later, he returns to the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles, but this is a kinder, gentler Singleton, one interested in relationships defined more by underlying kindness than vengeful spite, one content to stop shy of operatic tragedy. As a result, Baby Boy feels a little neutered, even if it features astute observations about the societal roles ascribed to young African-American males, as well as the regrettable dynamics that grow from them. Singleton starts by quoting a psychologist who posits that the young black man is treated (and behaves) like a baby, incapable of tapping into a higher purpose while content to languish in neediness. From here he launches into a study of one particular "baby boy," Jody (credibly played by singer Tyrese Gibson in his film debut), whose relationships with the mothers of his two children, as well as his own mother, speak volumes about his stunted growth. Jody's head-butting with his mother's new boyfriend (Ving Rhames) and a paroled thug (Snoop Dogg) showcase more of the familiar friction from Boyz, which also has its place in this world of hair-trigger machismo. Singleton is a bit too heavy-handed -- a mural-sized portrait of slain gangsta rapper Tupac Shakur watches ominously over Jody's bed -- but even in a lesser effort, he remains one of film's most talented chroniclers of underexamined lives.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
Baby Boy earns credibility for its insights by moving beyond image and rhetoric and quickly establishing Jody, his friends, lovers and family members as complex, striving, fallible human beings.
Boston Globe - Jay Carr
Baby Boy is more insistent in its didacticism than Boyz N the Hood, the passion and conviction are no less heartfelt.

Baby Boy is more insistent in its didacticism than Boyz N the Hood, the passion and conviction are no less heartfelt.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2002
  • UPC: 043396074514
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrese Gibson Jody
Omar Gooding Sweetpea
A.J. Johnson Juanita
Taraji P. Henson Yvette
Snoop Dogg Rodney
Ving Rhames Melvin
Tamara LaSeon Bass Peanut
Mo'Nique Patrice
Angell Conwell Kim
Technical Credits
John Singleton Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Roy Anderson Stunts
David Arnold Score Composer
Keith Brian Burns Production Designer
Veda Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce Cannon Editor
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Davis Asst. Director
Judi Giovanni Set Decoration/Design
Sabrina L. Gray Associate Producer
Kimberly Hardin Casting
Charles Mills Cinematographer
Dwight Williams Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I HOPE THERE IS A BABY BOY PART 2

    BABY BOY WAS A GREAT MOVIE. I HOPE TO SEE A PART 2 WITH THE SAME CAST. TYRESE GIBSON AND TARAJI P. HENESON GO GOOD TOGETHER ON SCREEN AS JODY AND YVETTE. THIS MOVIE HITS HOME FOR ALOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THE SAME THINGS IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tyrese is a CUTIE!

    I liked this moive. And mostly when tyrese is a cutie. Well I rate is Movie 5 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS MOVIE IS TIGHTTTT!!!!!!

    I LIKED THIS MOVIE A LOT BECAUSE IT WAS SO REAL. THE CHARACTERS WERE GOOD AND NASTY. THE PART THAT I LIKE IS WHEN YVETTE ASKED JODI WHERE HE HAD BEEN SINCE YESTERDAY.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    " Jody things might go a little crazy but you will always be my baby" ,

    Tyrese did a great job playing Jody as the lead character, Taraji Henson as the pressurized lover who bears Jody's baby also delivered excellent performances. She was so real and honest in her portrayal. There are so many sisters out there just like Yvette and she had delivered that role effortless. Ving "Marcellus" Rhames as a proud ex-old schooler who dates Jody's mom (watch for a very innovative stamina requiring squatting activity he and J's Mom performs...priceless) played his role naturally and convincing. Omar Gooding steals every scene he's in, he portrays Jody's cuz who's raging about his current life status, and what "lesson of life in da street." Now Snoop Dog was being Snoop Dog he appears in this film looking more evil as usual, hell, even Tupac did a cameo, sort of....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this movie is crazy

    i loved this movie!!. every time it comes on i watch as if it was the first time i saw it. i loved every moment, my favorite part was the ending when tyrese and saraja were playing cards and they were engaged. i think that was the cutest part of the enire movie. i also love when tyrese was shirt less in the movie, just looking at his arms and chest made my knees go weak.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Baby Boy

    I think that the movie Baby Boy is off da hook. It's so real. I love that movie and the cast was real good also. I have the DVD and it is off da hook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Da Bomb

    Baby Boy was the best movie I ever saw. It is my favorite movie. This movie shows some of the important things about love and the thug mentelity.I also like some of the relationship scenes..It's Cold!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MEANINGFUL OUTLOOK OF TODAY'S BLACK MEN

    I FEEL BABY BOY IS A MOVING MOVIE WHICH SHOW'S THE STRUGGLES OF THE GROWING YOUTH TODAY. i WAS TOUCH BY THE WAY YVETTE STAYED WITH JODY AFTER ALL HE PUT HER THOUGH, WHICH SHOWS HOW MUCH WOMEN PUT UP WITH. TYRESSE PLAYED A STRONG ROLE.

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