TEN YEARS AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE SEMINAL BOYZ N THE HOOD, ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR JOHN SINGLETON RETURNS TO THE SAME INNER-CITY LOS ANGELES NEIGHBORHOOD FOR THE STORY OF A MISGUIDED 20-YEAR-OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN, A BABY BO... more »Y FACING THE COMMITMENTS OF REAL LIFE.« less
"This movie is truthful. As much as we would hate to believe it, but relationships with your parents and your significant other is just like that with most people. There's usually always drama With urban people. Not to say that it's not that way with suburban people, but for some reason we "urban folks" almost always make the news. Anyhow Tyrese did a good job as Jody and I was quite suprised. He potrayed a lazy son, a decietful baby's daddy and a young man who had somewhat of a desire to do better, just caught up in temptation. His mother Addrienne Joi Johnson did a fair job, she looked rather young to be his mom, but isn't that truly the way it is. She didn't seem very supportive as a mom, but her part was to give some advice and to stand her ground on having a man in her life played by Ving Rhames. Tyrese main girl Taraji P. Henson did an excellent job playing her part as his baby's mom and the girl he truly cared for. We as women feel just like she did when it comes to a man we love, we want them to do right by us and if they dont, we express ourselves. We want them to leave if they cant act right, but we give them numerous chances to straighten up. This movie has numerous sex scenes, violence and profanity, not for the little ones it's truly an adult film. This movies has a pleasant ending. Check it out!"
Baby Boy - Garbage in your Diaper
nicole moore | los angeles, ca USA | 07/01/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Singleton's infantile critique of African American men's Peter Pan syndrome is laughable, uncreative, and unartistic with little to go on beyond stock, racist caricatures. While we are hungry for real stories about our own lives that help to explore our soulwounds and the complexities of urban life, this movie does nothing more than contribute to our exploitation. Singleton treats women as nothing more than directionless victims, shallow, and one dimensional. Our men, on the other hand, are nothing more than sex drive and fists. This is an unfortunate addition to the pile of crap that the film industry is calling "cutting edge." The film is without artistry or decent story-telling. And it does nothing to extend a revolutionary view that is true HIP HOP."
Sad, Sad, Sad
C. Pompey | Charlotte, NC United States | 12/19/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a sad illustration of many black brothers in America: lazy, displacing blame, and unable to love properly. Two children by two different women is drama. Why would you even want that? This movie is also a sad illustration of many of our sisters today. "He beats on me, he cheats on me, he talks down to me, but he loves me." "He just going through some things." Personally, Baby Boy was a little too ignorant for me. Ignorance was bliss throughout the entirety of the movie. I do think that Tyrese is a good actor though. I do appluad John Singleton for wanting to address this particular issue in society. I still think Boyz N' Tha Hood was his best movie. If you want to see every single negative stereotype a black person ever heard, then watch this movie. If you are tired of the typical African-American movie with it's stereotypes and unnecessary curse words in the place of the English language, then you probably need to watch something else."
Geminigirl | Philadelphia, PA United States | 12/28/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie when it was released and not again till last night. I was a fan of John Singleton's work and understood from interviews that his movies up to this point were his own "triology" of Black male life experiences in South Central L.A. This movie touched on a lot of ills in the Black community but didn't offer solutions tied up in a bow at the movie's end so to me it is an episodic few weeks in the life of one character, Jody aka "Baby Boy".
After my second viewing this isn't a movie that I'd add to my favorite list or that I want to see in entirety again though I would probably watch my favorite scenes from time to time. The pacing of the movie seems uneven to me - it was moving along fine until the Snoop character "Rodney" bogarts his way into Yvette's apartment after his release from jail during the final third of the movie. Clearly the character was only introduced to add tension to the story but I wonder how it would've turned out if Singleton had just focused on the factors and/or experiences that Jody faces during the movie that might have caused him to grow up and be a man and real father to his children and left the gangster bs out.
Like another reviewer, I was a little dismayed that education is not stressed as an option for Jody and his cousin P but as in real life, people only promote what they know which is why Jody's mom (AJ Johnson) stressed that he work but never suggested that he go to college.
I gave the disc 3 stars because I really enjoyed the special feature which I guess aired on Cinemax prior to the movie's release. I enjoyed all of the actors' comments regarding their characters and was surprised to hear Singleton state that he'd written this script for Tupac Shakur. Once I heard that statement, I couldn't help but think about how different this movie would have been had he lived to portray this character...Tyrese was good in the role but Tupac would have been magnificent I believe.
One other positive factor for me is that there is excellent chemistry between the cast members so their performances are stronger & more believable - especially Tyrese/Ving Rhames and Tyrese/Taraji P. Henson.
Monica Bell | Washington, DC | 07/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I thought Tariji Henson was tops. She was very believable, warm, and talented. I am hoping to see the Washington Native in a more challenging role."