Baby Boy
Trouble? Sweetpea and Jody (Gooding and Gibson) stick together through everything
dir-scr John Singleton
with Tyrese Gibson, Omar Gooding, Taraji P Henson, Tamara LaSeon Bass, AJ Johnson, Ving Rhames, Snoop Dogg, Candy Brown Houston, Angell Conwell, Kareem Grimes, Tracey Cherelle Jones, Kaylan Bolton
release US 29.Jun.01; UK 23.Nov.01
01/US 2h10

4 out of 5 stars
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Singleton returns to Boyz N the Hood territory with this strong drama about a young man trying to find his way as an adult. Jody (Gibson) is only 20, but he has children by two women (Henson and Bass), and is continuing relationships with both while living at home where his 36-year-old mother (Johnson) takes care of him. But she has a new boyfriend (Rhames) and it's time he grows up and takes some responsibility. Easier said than done.

The universal themes of the story ring true for all viewers, but the film has the added resonance of capturing Los Angeles' African-American community with unflinching honesty. There's nothing simplistic about any of the characters or storylines--the answers certainly don't come easy! And there's a real emotional resonance that rings true in the various aspects of both the family and romantic plotlines. All of it is impeccably played by the cast (although Snoop Dogg is a bit too vile as an ex boyfriend just out of prison). Gibson is exceptional in the central role, nicely paced by Gooding as his best friend. This is confident, beautiful filmmaking that addresses very serious issues in tough ways ... and speaks to us all.
strong adult themes and situations, language, violence, drugs cert 15 5.Nov.01 lff

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send your review to Shadows... melissa rabish, flat rock michigan: 4 out of 5 stars "i loved the movie. it shows that when a guy tries to be a 'playa-playa' it doesnt always work out and love can get in the way. EVERY GUY that thinks playing girls is cool, needs to watch it and maybe they will think different. you might think your the sh*t by doing this now, but in the end you will get your heart broken. even if us girls are the ones getting hurt in the beginning." (14.Nov.03)
2001 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall