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Baby Boy
Tyrese Gibson and Ving Rhames




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Director John Singleton (BOYZ IN THE HOOD, SHAFT) revisits to South Central L.A. with BABY BOY. Former Calvin Klein model Tyrese Gibson stars as Jody, a smooth-talking but immature black male who has children from two different women. One of them, Yvette (Taraji P. Henson), wants him to be faithful and move in with her, but Jody prefers his room at Mom's (A.J. Johnson) house, and his life of aimless womanizing and hanging out with neighborhood pal Sweet Pea (Omar Gooding). However, this childhood paradise seems about to destruct with the arrival of Mom's new ex-con boyfriend, Melvin (Ving Rhames). And when a dangerous former lover of Yvette's (Snoop Doggy Dogg in a nicely unsympathetic performance) gets out of jail and moves back in, the stage is set for Jody to either stand up like a man, or die in the attempt. Singleton tells the story in a series of vibrant vignettes, and though he supplies plenty of crowd-pleasing sex and violence, the focus remains on his characters. A rich score of old and new rap and R&B gives the film a nice boost, and Rhames is superb as the aging former thug trying to find happiness with Jody's mom.

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Director John Singleton (BOYZ IN THE HOOD, SHAFT) revisits to South Central L.A. with BABY BOY. Former Calvin Klein model Tyrese Gibson stars as Jody, a smooth-talking but immature black male who has children from two different women. One of them, Yvette (Taraji P. Henson), wants him to be faithful and move in with her, but Jody prefers his room at Mom's (A.J. Johnson) house, and his life of aimless womanizing and hanging out with neighborhood pal Sweet Pea (Omar Gooding). However, this childhood paradise seems about to destruct with the arrival of Mom's new ex-con boyfriend, Melvin (Ving Rhames). And when a dangerous former lover of Yvette's (Snoop Doggy Dogg in a nicely unsympathetic performance) gets out of jail and moves back in, the stage is set for Jody to either stand up like a man, or die in the attempt. Singleton tells the story in a series of vibrant vignettes, and though he supplies plenty of crowd-pleasing sex and violence, the focus remains on his characters. A rich score of old and new rap and R&B gives the film a nice boost, and Rhames is superb as the aging former thug trying to find happiness with Jody's mom.

Main Cast & Crew

John Singleton - Director
Tyrese Gibson
Ving Rhames
Omar Gooding
Snoop Dogg
Taraji Henson
Tamara LaSeon Bass
AlexSandra Wright
Angell Conwell
Candy Ann Brown

 

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  • Format: DVD (Special Edition)
  • Run Time: 130
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396064584
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (strong sexuality, language, violence and some drug use)
  • Release Date: November 2001

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Movies > Dramas

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Los Angeles, California
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Theatrical Release: June 29, 2001

Reviews:
"...BABY BOY leaves you shaken....[Gibson and Snoop Dogg] give the film the power and potency of rap..." - 07/19/2001 Rolling Stone, p.55


"...It lives, breathes and switches moods from humor to despair better than any American release this year..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 06/27/2001 USA Today, p.5D


"...BABY BOY earns credibility for its insights by moving beyond image and rhetoric....[Snoop Dogg's] performance is sly, menacing and disarmingly funny..." - 06/27/2001 New York Times, p.E3


"...Singleton's achievement is that he stages each moment with such an intricate and painful sense of what's going on inside Jody..." - 07/13/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.56


"...The characters are vibrant....Singleton's writing is skillful enough to make them come engagingly to life..." - 07/09/2001 Variety, p.22


"...Compelling....BABY BOY is heartfelt and personal..." - 06/27/2001 Los Angeles Times, p.1


"...There are good performances throughout the cast..." - 12/01/2001 Total Film, p.91

 

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