Baby Boy (2001)



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

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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 contends with his troubled best friend Sweetpea (Omar Gooding) and new adversary Rodney (Snoop Doggy Dogg). Then there's his mother's live-in boyfriend Marvin (Ving Rhames), a reformed gangsta who agrees with Juanita that her son should grow up, move out, and move on. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: John Singleton
Written By: John Singleton
In Theaters: wide
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Omar Gooding
as Sweetpea
A.J. Johnson
as Juanita
Kylan Bolton
as Joe Joe
Freez Luv
as Cake Man
as Patrice
Snoop Dogg
as Rodney
Liris Crosse
as Receptionist
Maasai Singleton
as Little Boy
Selma McPherson
as Ms. Daniels
Tawny Dahl
as Pandora
Alex Wright
as Woman Inside
Ephraim Benton
as Young Thug
Java Benson
as Young Thug
DeJuan Guy
as Looney Toon
Tracey L. Davis
as Knucklehead
Goldie Loc
as Knucklehead
Roma Alvarez
as Mexican Neighbor
Lily Agosto
as Lucy Girl
Amentha Dymally
as Elderly Woman
Yolanda Jones
as Co-Worker
Terrance Holloway
as Dice Player
Eddie Clark
as Street Vendor
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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (35)

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
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | November 7, 2001
Detroit News
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I felt myself drawn into a vortex of raw emotion from which I could not escape.

Full Review… | July 12, 2001
New York Observer
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