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Baby Boy (2001)

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This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years, even though he's got a child of his own. Romantically, he's having ... See full summary »

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John Singleton

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John Singleton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrese Gibson ... Joseph Summers
Taraji P. Henson ... Yvette
Omar Gooding ... Sweetpea
Tamara LaSeon Bass ... Peanut
Candy Ann Brown ... Ms. Herron (as Candy Brown Houston)
A.J. Johnson ... Juanita
Ving Rhames ... Melvin 'Mel'
Snoop Dogg ... Rodney
Angell Conwell ... Kim
Kareem J. Grimes ... Do Dirty (as Kareem Grimes)
Tracey Cherelle Jones ... Sharika
Kaylan Bolton Kaylan Bolton ... Joe Joe
Kylan Bolton Kylan Bolton ... Joe Joe
Freez Luv Freez Luv ... Cake Man
Mo'Nique ... Patrice
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Storyline

This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years, even though he's got a child of his own. Romantically, he's having relationships with two women: Yvette, the mother of his son, and a new interest. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, language, violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Boy - O Rei da Rua See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,606,403, 1 July 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,734,552, 9 September 2001
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the beginning of the film John Singleton's daughter portrays Jody's daughter. See more »

Goofs

When Jody is holding his model early in the film , the close-ups show the model as having wheels and seats, but in the wider shots they are missing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jody: There's this psychiatrist, a lady named Frances Chris Walson. She has a theory about the black man in America. She says because of the system of racism in this country, the black man is meant to think of himself as a baby. A not yet fully formed being, who has not yet realized his full potential. To support her claim, she offers the following: First off, what does a black man call his woman? Mama. Secondly, what does a black man call his closest acquaintances? His boys. And finally...
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Crazy Credits

From L.A. South Central Cinema, dealing a new hand. The new deal has struck again. See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD features deleted scenes from the movie, plus bloopers and outtakes:
  • Love In The Afternoon: Jody and Peanut have sex.
  • A scene where Jody and Sweetpea slap box.
  • Jody and Yvette watch a lion documentary then he puts her to bed.
  • Jody and Yvette have a picinc in the park, he takes Jo-Jo to swing and checks out ladies
  • Juanita and Jody talk about the mantra
  • Back Then-Juanita and Melvin have a talk that leads to sex.
  • The Card Game: Melvin and his boys paly cards
  • Phone Calls: Yvette talks on the phone with Sharika and Rodney.
  • Don't Go There: Jody sells clothes to women and Yvette tells him no sex with coworkers.
  • That's What I Know: Juanita and Jody talk about Ray-Ray
  • The Break In: SweetPea and Do-Dirty break into a couples house.
  • Adam's Rib: Jody beats up Peanuts new man,Jody and Peanut break up the cops arrive and Melvin talks to Jody about Adam's rib.
  • Cold Bumper: Sweetpea and Jody talk to Kim.
  • Say Dip: Jody and Jo Jo play with a toy car and Tonio arrives in a real car.
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Connections

Features Larry King Live (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone
Written by James Wilson, Kent Barker and Don Davis
Performed by Johnnie Taylor
Courtesy of Stax Records/Fantasy, Inc.
Under license from Fantasy, Inc.
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17 May 2004 | by capitoldogSee all my reviews

John Singleton did an excellent job portraying a young African American urban male, who is not a gang member or a street pharmacist. Jody is just trying to live. I thought the opening scene was very artistic, didn't love it though. I loved the relationship between Jody and his best friend Sweetpea. Both are trying to live but with different ways to do it. But despite differences, they both have each other's back. I liked Ving Rhames character as well (Melvin). Melvin showed that the street mentality never leaves a street thug, but he can learn to make better and more positive choices. His character showed that anyone can make it in life, once they have accepted who they are and where they are going. The women played strong roles as well. Not the typical cinematic role for a black woman either. Both Yvette and Jody's mother, Juanita, proved to be strong black women in their own way. Excellent movie, a little sluggish once or twice, but whose life isn't?! Singleton kept it true to the game. No one's life is truly cinematic, if it was then we wouldn't need cinema.


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