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Baby Boy (2001)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  29 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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Peanut
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Ms. Herron (as Candy Brown Houston)
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Juanita
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Melvin 'Mel'
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Rodney
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Kim
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Do Dirty (as Kareem Grimes)
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Joe Joe
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Joe Joe
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Cake Man
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Patrice
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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: the mother, Yvette of his son, and a new interest. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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

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29 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baby Boy - O Rei da Rua  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£47,144 (UK) (23 November 2001)

Gross:

£47,144 (UK) (23 November 2001)
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John Singleton originally wrote the role of Rodney for Ice Cube. See more »

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It is actually Jody and Yvette who have a baby first. Jody had a baby with Peanut after Yvette. This is evident because Peanut's baby is introduced as, appear throughout the movie as a toddler, whereas Yvette & Jody's son is at least 4 years old throughout the movie. See more »

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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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Talk Sh*t 2 Ya
Written by D'Angelo, Marlon Cox and Curtis Mayfield
Produced by D'Angelo
Co-Produced by Marlon Cox (as Marlon C)
Performed by D'Angelo
D'Angelo appears courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
Marlon C appears courtesy of Elektra Records
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What utter and COMPLETE garbage.
8 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oh my goodness.

Movies like this, that are more pervasive than rare in Hollywood these days, are the reason why "The Cosby Show" was seen as so 'unbelievable' in the 80s.

This film is so FULL of negative, degrading and pitiful stereotypes that I am SURPRISED that John Singleton was responsible for it.

The oft-maligned film (at least here on IMDB) "Higher Learning," was FAR superior to this crap. At least there was SOME intelligent dialogue and POSITIVE images. This entire film was like an average black person's nightmare and racists' wet dream.

I have a friend who is trying to stake his claim in Hollywood right now, but I'm OH so GLAD that he hasn't sold his soul to appear in utter crap like this.

Hollywood makes no more Eve's Bayou's, but plenty of Booty Calls, Undercover Brothers and bile such as this flick. The unfortunate truth is that THESE are the films that sell these days. So as long as people believe and attempt to justify these modern day minstrel shows, decent black cinema won't have a chance.

For those of you who find irony in this in the wake of Halle Berry and Denzel Washington's (much deserved) Oscar wins this year, remember what they won them for: A corrupt, evil, immoral black cop, and an ignorant, poor, single black mother.

You know- Just like REAL life.

Or is it?

I say 'no', but then again.. who am I? Just (yet another) disappointed black film goer.


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