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Baby Boy (2001)

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In South Central L.A., a misguided 20-year-old African-American man, a "baby boy", faces the commitments of real life.

Director:

John Singleton

Writer:

John Singleton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrese Gibson ... Joseph Summers
Taraji P. Henson ... Yvette
Omar Gooding ... Sweetpea
Tamara Bass ... Peanut (as Tamara LaSeon Bass)
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 ... 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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Trivia

John Singleton mentioned that he wrote the script for this movie with Tupac Shakur in mind for the lead role.It was eventually filmed with Tyrese Gibson in his place and released in 2001, five years after Shakur's death. See more »

Goofs

When Jody and Yvette are fighting in the living room her pants are unzipped but when he carries her into the bedroom he is seen unzipping her pants. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jody: There's this psychiatrist, a lady named Frances Cress Welsing. 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 ...
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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

Baby Boy
Written by Felicia Adams and Chris Liggio
Performed by Felicia Adams
Felicia Adams appears courtesy of JDS Records
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User Reviews

 
Difficult to watch; doesn't make it a bad movie
19 February 2002 | by LukeGSee all my reviews

While watching this movie, I had absolutely no idea what I would end up rating it. It was not an enjoyable experience. Not until it was over did I realize what a good job John Singleton had actually done. This was not a comedy, nor a romantic story, but a true depiction of SOME (NOT ALL) aspects of Black life. I recognized each and everyone of these characters, for better or worse. They were not exaggerated or sugar-coated, but portrayed in a true light which is often difficult to watch or accept. Which explained my uncomfortableness, I'm sure that was the point and it was well received. 7 out of 10***


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,606,403, 1 July 2001

Gross USA:

$28,734,552

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,381,649
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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