Baby Boy

June 29th, 2001


Baby Boy

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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...

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.0/10 (5,421 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: John Singleton

Stars: AlexSandra Wright, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson

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: the mother, Yvette of his son, and a new interest.

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 - Joe Joe
Kylan Bolton - Joe Joe
Freez Luv - Cake Man
Mo'Nique - Patrice


Official Website: Columbia [United States] (Flash only) |

Release Date: 29 June 2001

Filming Locations: 11th Avenue / Vernon Avenue, Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,606,403 (USA) (1 July 2001) (1533 Screens)

Gross: $28,734,552 (USA) (9 September 2001)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Jody listens to a lot of Tupac Shakur songs and has a mural on his wall of him. Tupac Shakur was supposed to play the role of Jody.

Continuity: 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.

[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...

User Review

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Rating: 8/10

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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