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
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 »
When Yvette is walking back to her friend's car while holding her son and an umbrella, as she gets in the car, the umbrella is never retracted or put in the vehicle. It just vanishes. 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.
John Singleton did an excellent job portraying a young African American urban male, who is not a gang member or a street pharmacist. Jody is just trying to live. I thought the opening scene was very artistic, didn't love it though. I loved the relationship between Jody and his best friend Sweetpea. Both are trying to live but with different ways to do it. But despite differences, they both have each other's back. I liked Ving Rhames character as well (Melvin). Melvin showed that the street mentality never leaves a street thug, but he can learn to make better and more positive choices. His character showed that anyone can make it in life, once they have accepted who they are and where they are going. The women played strong roles as well. Not the typical cinematic role for a black woman either. Both Yvette and Jody's mother, Juanita, proved to be strong black women in their own way. Excellent movie, a little sluggish once or twice, but whose life isn't?! Singleton kept it true to the game. No one's life is truly cinematic, if it was then we wouldn't need cinema.
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