BABY BOY

Peter Pan in the Hood

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Release Date: June 27, 2001

Starring: Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P.
Henson, A.J. Johnson, Ving
Rhames, Omar Gooding, & Snoop
Dogg

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 129 minutes

Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony

Director: John Singleton

Executive Producer: Dwight Williams

Producer: John Singleton

Writer: John Singleton

Address Comments To:

Amy Pascal, President
Columbia Pictures
John Calley, Chairman/CEO
Sony Pictures Entertainment
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Phone: (310) 244-4000
Fax: (310) 244-2626
Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/

Content:

(PaPa, PCPC, C, LLL, VV, SSS, NN, A, DD, MM) Pagan worldview without good moral principles & with politically correct view on racism, but protagonist’s friend turns to Christianity & prays, though he still seems not to have fully repented of his sins plus other references to God; 284 obscenities including many “f” words, 18 mostly strong profanities, obscene gesture, & vulgar talk about sex; moderate violence such as punching people, couple hits one another & murder of black gangster who tried to rape a woman in front of her child; strong sexual immorality including depicted & implied fornication, cohabitation, attempted rape, & references to oral sex; upper female nudity, rear nudity & partial nudity; alcohol use; smoking and marijuana use; and, solid miscellaneous immorality such as selling stolen goods, cheating on girlfriend, racism blamed for one’s personal problems when the real problem is a bankrupt moral, psychological & spiritual life, vigilante justice, & covering up a crime.

Summary:

BABY BOY is a raw, sexually explicit, drama about a young African American man named Jody who can’t grow up. A complicated, overlong story, BABY BOY also contains lots of foul language, explicit sex, explicit nudity, and a pagan, immoral worldview with a politically correct view on racism.

Review:

BABY BOY is a raw, sexually explicit, drama about a young African American man named Jody who can’t grow up. Jody has fathered two children by two different women, but he really only loves one of them, Yvette, although he forces her to get an abortion when she becomes pregnant again. Yvette works in an office all day, so she lets Jody take her car so he can earn money on the street. Money, however, has proved to be hard to come by lately, so this has led to tension between them.

Jody finally decides to take charge of his life when his thirtysomething mother takes up with an ex-con named Melvin, who now owns his own landscaping business. It becomes immediately obvious that you can cut the tension between Melvin and Jody with a knife. Melvin has been around the block a few times, so he doesn’t think much of Jody’s wisdom and maturity. Jody is afraid his mother will throw him out of her house, so he’s going to need some extra money to survive, even if he moves in with Yvette.

Jody thinks being a salesman is the key to success and independence, so he starts selling women’s clothes on the streets. Although some of the clothes are hot, Jody finds he has a talent for this kind of business, so he begins to help Yvette keep her car in top shape. He continues to fool around on her, however, which leads to more tension between them. They break up, but when her old gangster boyfriend gets out of jail, Jody is faced with making some tough decisions.

BABY BOY is, of course, filled with lots of foul language, explicit sex and explicit nudity. It’s also overly long and complicated. Finally, although Jody does finally show signs of maturity and some semblance of morality, some of the solutions to his personal problems and the problems between him and Yvette, are very illegal ones that include vigilante justice. In fact, his best friend leads the episodes of vigilante justice, then gets baptized in a Christian ceremony at the end of the movie. The writer and director of this messy movie, John Singleton (BOYZ IN THE HOOD), needs to find a more wholesome, more intelligent vision and worldview if he truly wants to become a great filmmaker. A good scriptwriting class might also help him. It definitely couldn’t hurt.

In Brief:

BABY BOY is a raw, sexually explicit, drama about a young African American man named Jody who can’t grow up. Jody has fathered two children by two different women, but he only loves one of them, Yvette, although he forces her to get an abortion when she becomes pregnant again. Eventually, after a long series of events, Jody grows up, at least a little bit, and he and Yvette manage to find happiness and a better family life.

BABY BOY is filled with lots of foul language, explicit sex and explicit nudity. It’s also overly long and complicated. Finally, although Jody does eventually show signs of maturity and some semblance of morality, some of the solutions to his problems are very illegal ones that include vigilante justice. In fact, his best friend leads the episodes of vigilante justice, then gets baptized in a Christian ceremony at the end of the movie. The writer and director of this messy movie, John Singleton (BOYZ IN THE HOOD), needs to find a more wholesome, more intelligent vision and worldview if he truly wants to become a great filmmaker. A good scriptwriting class might also help him.