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Baby Boy (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  27 June 2001 (USA)
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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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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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Release Date:

27 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baby Boy - O Rei da Rua  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,606,403 (USA) (29 June 2001)


£47,144 (UK) (23 November 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Jody listens to a lot of Tupac Shakur songs and has a mural on his wall of him. Tupac Shakur was supposed to play the role of Jody. See more »


When Yvette is walking back to her friend's car while holding her son and an umbrella, as she gets in the car, the umbrella is never retracted or put in the vehicle. It just vanishes. See more »


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


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Baby Boy
Written by Felicia Adams and Chris Liggio
Performed by Felicia Adams
Felicia Adams appears courtesy of JDS Records
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Oh My Goodness!!
11 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Wow, what an unpleasant mess. Not ONE intelligent, moral or otherwise responsible character in the entire film. John Singleton is certainly a competent director as he has proven with Boyz In the Hood and well, Boyz in the Hood. The Actors were all good to Above average. Especially Ving Rames and surprisingly Tyrese. The film was well lit and in focus. Technically the production was sound. The actual Content of the film was very disappointing at best - disgustingly condescending at worst. The main character is a very unlikable, 20ish, lazy, obnoxious jerk. His friends and family are not any better. His mother tries and often comes close to being an actual, honest-to-goodness, responsible Adult Person, yet ultimately falls short. Rames has the most interesting character (Too bad the movie was not about him), a hard-boiled yet childish and irresponsible as a father figure. Believe it or not each character portrays the negative stereotypes that racists have been spouting on about for decades. Why Singleton chose to portray all of these African-Americans in the 'hood as dim, shallow, dishonest, foul-mouthed, materialistic, sexually amoral and completely irresponsible is beyond me. They are nothing like the wide variety of real-life African-Americans that populate my world. There are many scenes in this film that I could only imagine would make the KKK proud. Why indeed! And by the way, when a criminal moves into your home uninvited-CALL THE POLICE!! A sad commentary on the state of the depiction of African-Americans in film. If John Singleton is willing to depict his community this way-then what will mainstream Hollywood sink to in the future? My heart goes out to those who bother to care.

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