through South Central Los Angeles, taking for the first time an unflinching
look at the devastating impact of violence on the black family. Boyz N the Hood ’s realistic portrayal
of the inner city changed the face of black cinema forever.
Ten years later, the Academy Award®-nominated
director and writer returns to the same inner-city L.A. neighborhood and its
complex social and political issues for the story of Jody (Tyrese Gibson), a misguided, 20-year-old
African-American male who is really just a ‘baby boy’ finally forced—kicking
and screaming—to face the commitments of real life.
jobless, he has not only fathered two children by two different women—Yvette
(Taraji P. Henson) and Peanut (Tamara LaSeon Bass)—but still lives with his own
mother. He can’t seem to strike a balance or find direction in his chaotic
life. To make matters worse, Jody must contend with his volatile best friend,
Sweetpea (Omar Gooding), who has spent his life shuffling in and out of prison
and seems to find trouble wherever he goes.
In the meantime,
Jody’s 36-year-old mother, Juanita (A.J. Johnson), has finally started to live
her life again and is dating Melvin (Ving Rhames), a reformed O.G. (“old
gangster”). Juanita is enjoying the simple things in life—her mantras, her
garden, her new man—and wants Jody to finally take responsibility for his own
life and children. Once Melvin moves in, there’s little room in the nest for a
kid who’s overstayed his welcome and is perfectly content to ride the line
between boy and man.
Inevitably, on a journey filled with violence, romance, tears and
laughter, Jody must face Melvin, both his “baby mamas,” a new adversary, Rodney
(Snoop Dogg), and his own fears of adulthood if he wants to escape the life of
a baby boy.
Baby Boy, a
cautionary South Central tale that pulls no punches as it examines the
complexities of the extended black family, is a Columbia Pictures presentation
of a New Deal Production, a John Singleton film. Baby Boy is written and directed by John Singleton. Producers are
Singleton and Dwight Williams. The creative team includes cinematographer
Charles E. Mills, production designer Keith Brian Burns, costume designer Ruth
Carter and editor Bruce Cannon. Baby Boy has been rated R by the MPAA for
STRONG SEXUALITY, LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE and SOME DRUG USE.
about the production
me, this movie is like watching the soul of a black man on screen,” says John
Singleton. “It may be dysfunctional, but it’s real. I’m not celebrating
something that is not reality; I’m just being honest to a story that I’m
Adds Ving Rhames,
who plays reformed convict Melvin, “this movie is like Unforgiven—no one is wearing a halo on his head. Everyone in this
movie is human. They’ve become who they’ve become due to circumstances,
situations, their environments and their relationships.”
Baby Boy gives voice to the many young black men who
have yet to embrace the responsibilities of adulthood while at the same time
illustrating what single mothers go through attempting to raise young men on
their own. “This movie is about a generation of young black men who haven’t
grown up,” says Singleton. “They’ve all been raised by women, so they’re always
trying to show how much of a man they are when what they really are are baby
“I like the fact
that John basically says, ‘look, this is what happens, what has happened, what
is still going to happen in our communities if we as black men don’t take
control of the black family unit,’” says Rhames.
Though it addresses similar issues, Singleton stresses that Baby Boy is a companion piece, not a
sequel, to Boyz N the Hood.
“This movie is the third of what I
call my ‘hood trilogy,’” explains the director. “The first was Boyz N the Hood, the second was Poetic Justice and the third is Baby
Boy. Baby Boy is set in South Central L.A. and is based on...
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