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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Singleton originally wrote the role of Rodney for Ice Cube. See more »

Goofs

When Jody is holding his model early in the film , the close-ups show the model as having wheels and seats, but in the wider shots they are missing. 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

Baby Mama
Written by Paul Beauregard, Juicy J and Chastity Daniels
Produced by Paul Beauregard (as D.J. Paul) and Juicy J (as Juicy "J")
Performed by Three 6 Mafia featuring La Chat
Three 6 Mafia appear courtesy of Loud Records
La Chat appears courtesy of Koch International
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Couldn't Be More Ghetto If It Tried
13 August 2007 | by senorjuezSee all my reviews

This is not an uplifting film, nor does it try to be. A young black man trying to survive in the hood and dealing with the mess he created. The typical stereotypes abound. Unemployed, illegitimate child and crime. The main character is always conscious of the possibility of being killed on the streets. Part of the plot is that a part of him wants to escape, but he knows no other way to exist.

You could sit in the passenger seat of a car driving through Compton or Watts, run a camcorder out the window for about 90 minutes and come up with the same thing.(Provided you survive the trip) There are a few strange twists in this film, such as the mother-son dynamic and the battle of good vs. evil featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg.


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