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  • Actors: AlexSandra Wright, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Omar Gooding, Tamara LaSeon Bass
  • Directors: John Singleton
  • Writers: John Singleton
  • Producers: John Singleton, Dwight Williams, Sabrina Gray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CY51
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,529 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Baby Boy (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Cinemax Featurette
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • Music Video
  • Outtakes Reel

Editorial Reviews

BABY BOY is the powerful urban drama directed by John Singleton (Shaft and Boyz N the Hood) starring rap music superstars TYRESE GIBSON and SNOOP DOGG (Half Baked, I Got the Hook Up). With knockout performances from VING RHAMES (Mission: Impossible II, Pulp Fiction, Con Air) and A.J. Johnson (Friday House Party, The Players Club), BABY BOY is a tough, honest and unflinching look at modern urban life. Jody (Gibson) is a 20-year-old African American in South Central L.A. who is trying to live large but doesn't have a job. He's got two babies by two different women and still lives at home with his mother (Johnson). Growing up is tough on Jody, but a series of events involving his mother's new boyfriend Melvin (Rhames), his girfriend Yvette (Taraji P. Henson) and her ex-con ex-boyfriend Rodney (Snoop Dogg), force him to learn lessons about living, loving and surviving as a man in the hood.

Customer Reviews

I bought this movie when it first came out some years ago...it is still one of my favorite movies!!!
It was a real let down... i now have it on DVD and will never watch it again. waste of money... nothing like Singletons other movies Dont bother ...
Chris Sharp
Baby Boy is the best and most realistic film about Black people in South Central and other Urban communities in California.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Queen on December 30, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geminigirl on December 27, 2008
Format: DVD
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Williamson on February 17, 2002
Format: DVD
I have to admit, that this movie was really "Straight in your face". There were so many scenes that I really felt. I thought that this movie was just going to be another hood movie but the reality of the plot really hit home. You don't have to be from the hood to feel this movie.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Samuel McKewon on May 10, 2003
Format: DVD
John Singleton's movies typically seem to drift between the essential and pointless, and his latest, "Baby Boy," which revisits the south-central Los Angeles neighborhood he chronicled in his breakthrough film, "Boyz N The Hood," is no different. So much of it works, and works well, that the entire scenes and subplots that have no place burn all the much more.
The movie presents itself as a critique of young black men in America, who, as the film's opening narration states, have been "infantilized" by white racism. But it's not meant as a jumping-off point to chronicle race relations, but to show this infantile state is willingly embraced, and used as a womb, of sorts, to refuse responsibility.
Singleton introduces Jody, firmly played by newcomer Tyrese Gibson, as a 20-year-old father of two still living with his mother and doing what he can to avoid work and coast comfortably. He eventually embarks on a career, which involves stealing clothes off the rack and selling them wholesale.
But that doesn't stop Jody from living off the mother of one of his children Yvette (Taraji P. Henson), who loves Jody enough to let him ruin her life, if he sticks around long enough. Much of "Baby Boy" involves just how much she'll put up with, when she'll stop putting up with it, and what sort of ominous "get out" message she'll send when she does - not exactly an original setup.
But to Singleton's credit, he delivers several personal, poignant scenes that emphasize the love in their relationship, which makes the flip side of Jody irresponsibility seem all the more foolish. Unlike the director's "Poetic Justice," which portrayed romance without a pulse, "Baby Boy" gives reason to care, and invest.
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