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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

At the time of filming, Tyrese Gibson (23 years old) was nearly a decade younger than his leading lady Taraji P. Henson who was 31, making an eight year age difference between the two of them. See more »

Goofs

Jody and Peanut already have a baby before Jody and Yvette have a baby. As the movie goes on, Jo Jo gets older while Peanut's baby stays the same age. 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

Daddy's Home
Written by James Sheppard and William H. Miller
Performed by Jermaine Jackson
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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What utter and COMPLETE garbage.
8 June 2002 | by hitek_dialektSee 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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