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Baby Boy (2001)

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71

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 27

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

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 8

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

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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

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John Singleton

Nov 6, 2001

$27.8M

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All Critics (107) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (27) | DVD (11)

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

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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I felt myself drawn into a vortex of raw emotion from which I could not escape.

July 12, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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One of the most entertaining African-American comedies of manners ever made.

July 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Slate
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[Jody's] lessons on growing up and moving on never ring more than halfhearted and false.

July 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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What holds the movie together ... is Gibson's broodingly responsive performance.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The film is a bold examination of an aspect of African American life. There's no shortage of sex, violence, or urban realism.

July 4, 2011 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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This is yet another coming-of-age tale except that the hero is not a teenager but a young man who goes out of his way to be macho but really is a mama boy.

February 26, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Recommended mainly to the more devoted Singleton fans, Baby Boy is pretty strong evidence of a filmmaker who still has plenty to say.

December 21, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

An unfortunate hybrid of Oedipal and Peter Pan complexes, Singleton's film is a mishmash of half-cocked ideas and unrealized sentiments.

November 18, 2002
Baltimore City Paper

...while it's not as gritty as Boyz N the Hood or as compelling as Higher Learning, Baby Boy is certainly worth checking out if only for the superb performances...

September 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There's no cuddling this Baby Boy, a profoundly sad commentary on the vicious circle that continues to terminally plague our bewildered, impressionable and disadvantaged young urban black men.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Johnson and Rhames are superb as Jody's charming, hard-working mother and her ex-con boyfriend Melvin.

November 12, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

It's an intermittently powerful but deeply flawed film.

August 2, 2001 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

To a large degree, its ungainliness is forgivable, as it reflects a breadth of ambition, not a failure of talent.

August 2, 2001
San Francisco Examiner

The director deserves credit for tackling a worthwhile subject, but many will find the film's tone too soft and approving.

July 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Never rises above the level of a soap opera.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

With a combination of sensitivity and insight, John Singleton presents a fascinating portrait of an African American that goes against stereotypes of 20-year-old men.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

'Baby Boy' is a powerhouse of a film, and so sexy it's like celluloid Viagra.

July 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Baby Boy, for all of its naiveté and indulgences, has some humility in it as well, which does its creator good.

July 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

"Singleton's thesis is that pervasive racism and a lack of role models have psychologically infantalized Afro-American men."

July 3, 2001 Full Review Source: www.susangranger.com
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If nothing else, its thematic originality makes it a unique and groundbreaking work.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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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.
May 18, 2010
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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.
March 10, 2009
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Singleton has officially lost it.
July 30, 2007
tsigur

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Baby Boy is as if you got Boyz N Da Hood and decided that it should be more like Tales from the Hood and then throw in some diologue from Soul Plane. A horrible pale version of the masterpiece Boyz N the Hood.
March 20, 2006
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