Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
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
When Rodney and his crew are rolling and headed to find Jody there is no tint on the windows. Once they reach the spot where Jody is, all of a sudden the tint is so dark, Jody can't tell whether its Rodney driving or Yvette. When the window is going down you can see the tint is on the glass. See more »
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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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.
I get the feeling that John Singleton hates women.If the Yvettes of the world are all he knows in women, I can understand why.The way he paints women as miserable, self-loathing creatures disturbs me greatly.As a woman I would have been deeply ashamed to work on this project.As a black woman, I would like viewers of this film to know that I never met any pathetic creature such as Yvette, nor have any of my friends.I also have a deep shame that John Singleton would paint a picture of black life in Los Angeles as insular and disturbingly bleak.
There is one light note of comedy, whether intended or not,when the actress Monique of UPN's "The Parkers", in a cameo appearance, says she wears "size 16".
Besides the horrible treatment of women, the profanity is just overdone.It's simply pointless.
Then there are the explicit sexual scenes, which do little to advance the story.
There is also an approximately 20 minute segment, in which Jody and Sweet Pea retaliate against some younger "want to be gangsters" which does nothing to advance the story and would have been better left on the cutting room floor.As far as performances, Tyrese and Taraji P. Henson both need some acting lessons.Ving Rhames and A.J. Johnson did fantastic jobs with the rather shallow characters they were given to portray.Beyond that the only redeeming factor in this movie is the great music.
Black women filmmakers, now is your time to move forward and make films, which portray us, as we really are, strong positive warriors and not John Singleton's sniveling little wenches.
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