Hard hitting and emotional film from John Singleton.
Sep 1, 2009
Baby Boy has to be the best film John Singleton has ever made. What separates this movie from his others is how real life the situations are in this movie. People like this exist in all different races, ethnicities and social standings. I guess people were turned off by the "gangsta" element. I don't know why because it's an excellent film that has brilliant acting, writing and directing. Surprise is an understatement and when I saw this movie on video I couldn't believe that this was made by the same director who made Shaft and Higher Learning. But I was a bit disappointed that he had to follow up this movie with Too Fast Too Furious.
The movie follows the life of Jody, an unemployed roustabout who has two kids with two different women. He doesn't do anything and whines to anyone who'll listen to him. Jody takes no responsibility for his actions and blames them on others. One day his life begins to change when his mother get's involved with a world wise former knuckle head (VIng Rhames). Even though his actions and words are too straight forward for a young pup like Jody, he tries to get him to look at life from a reality perspective instead of hanging on his mother's apron strings. Jody likes to run around with his buddy Sweetpea and spend time with his babies momma. One of his girlfriends has a man (Snoop Dogg) who's waiting to get out of the pen and claim what he thinks is his. Can Jody get his life together or will the streets and his own stupidity and lack of accepting adulthood bring him down?