Baby Boy
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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"
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[Jody's] lessons on growing up and moving on never ring more than halfhearted and false."
‑ Mary Elizabeth Williams,
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...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..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's an intermittently powerful but deeply flawed film."
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
"I felt myself drawn into a vortex of raw emotion from which I could not escape."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"What holds the movie together ... is Gibson's broodingly responsive performance."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Recommended mainly to the more devoted Singleton fans, Baby Boy is pretty strong evidence of a filmmaker who still has plenty to say."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"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."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"To a large degree, its ungainliness is forgivable, as it reflects a breadth of ambition, not a failure of talent."
‑ Joe Leydon, San Francisco Examiner
"One of the most entertaining African-American comedies of manners ever made."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The film is a bold examination of an aspect of African American life. There's no shortage of sex, violence, or urban realism."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"An unfortunate hybrid of Oedipal and Peter Pan complexes, Singleton's film is a mishmash of half-cocked ideas and unrealized sentiments."
‑ Rachel Deahl, Baltimore City Paper
"Johnson and Rhames are superb as Jody's charming, hard-working mother and her ex-con boyfriend Melvin."
‑ Jane Crowther,
"The director deserves credit for tackling a worthwhile subject, but many will find the film's tone too soft and approving."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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