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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
1 win & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

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 »

Goofs

When the kids jump Jody at the liquor store, his backpack is on him then in the next shot, it disappears. 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

Referenced in The Making of 'Illegal Tender' (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Just a Man
Written by Raphael Saadiq, Bobby Ozuna, Glenn Standridge and Devin The Dude (as Devin Copeland)
Produced by Raphael Saadiq
Co-Produced by Jake and The Phatman
Performed by Raphael Saadiq featuring Devin The Dude
Raphael Saadiq appears courtesy of Universal Records
Devin The Dude appears courtesy of Rap-A-Lot Records
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User Reviews

 
Disappointing
14 September 2001 | by quik_123See all my reviews

When I first saw the trailer for Baby Boy, I couldn't wait for it to come out. I kept telling my girlfriend how I thought John Singleton had come back with a sure hit. After seeing Baby Boy, I was so disappointed. It was boring and the storyline was weak. He basically depicted the blackman as being a low life and a no good petty thug. I am Latino and I wouldn't appreciate someone categorizing me as that. Also, the women in this movie where dragged through the mud. They were perceived as stupid and as having no respect for themselves. John Singleton seems to have run out of material as he had to resort to the same kind of movie that first brought him success. The movie could have done without Snoop Doggs part as it was a waste of time. Jody (Tyrese)did not change at all through out the movie. At the end he was still what he began as, a baby boy. Nobody grew or became a better person in this entire movie. It insulted Black people and is a poor excuse for an urban drama. I like that gangsta $*@# too but this was sorry. I admit there were plenty of laughs and the directing by Singleton was excellent but not enough to call this a good movie.


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