Baby Boy (2001)



Critic Consensus: Preachy and repetitive in parts, Baby Boy still manages to exude authenticity, thanks to its competent cast.

Movie Info

Ten years later, writer and director John Singleton returns to the South Central Los Angeles neighborhoods of his debut film Boyz 'N the Hood (1991). Tyrese Gibson stars as Jody, a jobless 20-year-old African-American man who has fathered two children by two different women, Yvette (Taraji P. Henson) and Peanut (Tamara LaSeon Bass), although he still lives with his 36-year-old mother Juanita (Adrienne-Joi Johnson). As Jody grapples with the increasing pressures of adult responsibility, he also … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John Singleton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Box Office: $27.8M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


as Sweetpea

as Juanita

as Ms. Herron

as Joe Joe

as Cake Man

as Patrice

as Rodney

as Receptionist

as Little Boy

as Ms. Daniels

as Pandora

as Woman Inside

as Young Thug

as Young Thug

as Looney Toon

as Knucklehead

as Knucklehead

as Mexican Neighbor

as Lucy Girl

as Elderly Woman

as Co-Worker

as Dice Player

as Street Vendor
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Critic Reviews for Baby Boy

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (34)

The characters are so full-bodied and the feelings so raw and complex that I'd call this the best thing John Singleton has done to date

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

I felt myself drawn into a vortex of raw emotion from which I could not escape.

Full Review… | July 12, 2001
New York Observer
Top Critic

One of the most entertaining African-American comedies of manners ever made.

Full Review… | July 6, 2001
Top Critic

[Jody's] lessons on growing up and moving on never ring more than halfhearted and false.

Full Review… | July 6, 2001
Top Critic

What holds the movie together ... is Gibson's broodingly responsive performance.

Full Review… | July 2, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The film is a bold examination of an aspect of African American life. There's no shortage of sex, violence, or urban realism.

Full Review… | July 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Baby Boy


I can't really rate this accurately because I still have no idea if it was supposed to be an accurate depiction or mockery of the ghetto life. I'm going to say that it is because that's the best way to watch it. Saying that, it is by far one of the funniest and perfect satires to ever exist. John Singleton takes the stereotypes of the culture and throws them into the real world, making for a hilarious result. The characters are almost all crazy and devoid of any logic. The story is literally about a man juggling his two baby-momas with his home life. I think this was an odd yet bold move for John Singleton because it questions a lot about the stereotypical thug life.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


Though not quite up to the standards of Boyz n the Hood, Baby Boy does take us back to the ghetto, but what Boyz n the Hood set out to define the ghetto life, Baby Boy goes further with an unusual theory... and come around to the point where it teaches young men to learn responsibility. Its a wake up call to the lazy, child-like losers of the world to get out and be a real man and make it on your own.

This is probably Tyrese's best performance, he fit the part perfectly. Watch Jody as his life revolve around his excesses and his irresponsibility, with his numerous babies and dealing with their mama's, other women and hustling stolen clothes to earna quick buck with his homie.

Things begin to fall apart when his mother brings home a new boyfriend, in the shape of ex-con turned straight Melvin, a giant who tries to keep his cool under Jody's constant criticisms and selfishness. Then after being cauht out numerous times cheating on his current pregnant girlfriend, she dumps him... and dealing with her ex-boyfriend who just got released from gaol and has unfinished business with Jody.

Toss in his tired mother, his young son Junior and the numerous other women in his life, Jody needs to learn quick about being a man before he doesn't get the chance and loses everything in his life.

Its defintley a John Singleton movie, meaning not another white person in sight. XD Plus its teeming with sexuality to point it does become hilarious but interesting enough... just gotta love it for the entire black style from pimping to hustling and to cursing and insults.

A nice flick, nothing really special, just a contemporary look into the life of a young black male in the new millenium.

Khris N

Super Reviewer

Singleton has officially lost it.

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

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