Baby Boy

6.42 h 9 min2001X-RayR
Ten years after the release of the seminal "Boyz N the Hood," acclaimed director John Singleton returns to the same inner-city L.A. neighborhood for the story of a misguided 20-year-old African-American man, a "baby boy" facing the commitments of real life.
John Singleton
Tyrese GibsonOmar GoodingTaraji P. Henson
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Angel ConwellTamara LaSeon BassSnoop DoggVing Rhames
John Singleton
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4.7 out of 5 stars

5088 global ratings

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Vicki L. TaylorReviewed in the United States on June 26, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
extended adolescence
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I saw this movie in a theater when it first came out and found it very entertaining and the acting great. I think the premise of the movie is mainly, that for this generation, growing up and becoming an adult is a long, painful process, no matter where you live, or what color you are. My daughter is 23 and everyone she knows that is her age, with a few rare exceptions, are feeling like they are between adolescence and adulthood. They are confused and rely way too much on their parents. Partly because of the expense of everything now, but also because they don't feel ready for all of the adult responsibilities that society demands of them. I have friends with 30 year old kids living with them. Yes, there was a lot of cussing, violence and sex scenes in the movie, but that is part of the culture of this youngest generation. They are exposed to it every day. Atleast Jody grew up at the end of the film. Unfortunately, there are men twice his age that haven't made the leap. I was married to one, lol. Bottom line- I thought it was a good, thought provoking movie.
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TheEveryAllReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars
Didnt quite reach its aim
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This movie definitely had the potential to be an eye-opener for young black 'baby boys', but in the end it missed its mark. While quite entertaining, it failed to make a sound statement for the socially conscious viewer,which might have been alright if it had been a comedy, but it was obvious it was intended to be a drama taken seriously. And for that reason alone, I am left somewhat disappointed. First, in how passive the girlfriend Yvette's character was. Even though she screamed at Jody all the time, she still basically said it was ok for him to cheat on her as long as it wasnt anyone she knew and as long as he didnt give her any diseases. Sad. He treats her horribly and even has another baby with another girl and she still keeps him. Even more sad. And although she finally kicks him out, she does nothing to get on with her life and instead mopes around the house and cries that he no longer loves her. Sadder still. But actually, what's TRULY sad is that her character probably IS 'keeping it real'. So many young girls today are JUST that insecure to allow such behavior from a man. But it would have been nice to see a stronger female role that could survive without someone who wasnt any good anyway.
But if her character had to stay the same then there could atleast have been a better ending for Jody's character. Am I the only one who didnt see a 'happy ending'? Is it just me or did nothing about Jody's character change? The only difference I noticed was that he was being nicer to his mom's boyfriend, which was only right. But it never showed that he got a job, and he still got into YVETTE's car and took out keys to YVETTE's apartment. What changed?! Looks like he went from living off of his mother to living off of Yvette. It just seems to me that the mark of no longer being a 'baby boy' would have been to show him get a job, his OWN car, and a new apartment for his family. But I suppose that falls on the writer and director. The one good thing I can say is that Tyrese did the best with what he was given. I was very impressed with his acting.
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Kayla_SC88Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Why not?! It’s a classic!!
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Who doesn’t love a classic culture film like Baby Boy? The older I get, the more some scenes trigger my personal experiences, lol. That Jody is something else! And, Taraji is amazing per usual and so relatable in her character as Evette. I could watch a million times and it’s captivating as the first time.
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RobbyReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best DVD Everr
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Not only was it in perfect condition but it came with at least an hour of bonus features. Behind the scenes, extra and deleted scenes, music videos, trailers, and even the full version of what Taraj character was watching on tv when Jody came back and she call em out for being in the strip club. Yeah this DVD is worth every penny
AJBlessedLifeReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love this movie
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They dont make movies like this anymore. If they do, they usually come straight to dvd and aint that good. My pops bought this movie sometime in 2002 when it came out on dvd and I ended up accidently selling the movie sometime in 2006 or somewhere around there. I didnt really care at the time but recently I wanted the movie again so I came here and bought it. Its a all hood movie about the lives of how the black man in america goes thru life. Baby mama drama, no job, living in the hood, the usual things you usually see in movies of this type. But this movie seems different. It has a different feel to it. I cant really explain but it is good and I am very happy with my purchase. And yes i'm black also if you were wondering.
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Dominic PainterReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of my personal favorites
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Love this movie. Not for everybody but it’s an honest relationship movie with some valid social commentary. Very funny moments (purposefully) although it’s not considered a comedy. Probably Tyrese’s best performance (a roll meant for 2Pac before he died).
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Tamara MorganReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
An urban love story
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Baby Boy is a staple movie in the urban film genre. There are some movies that I can watch over and over and this movie is one them. The storytelling here is vivid and it's one that many can relate to. I decided I'd rather own versus renting it. Props to John Singleton and all the crew, actresses and actors.
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NeenaDReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hood Talk
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This is really what happens in the hood. Very realistic. Great characters.
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