Baby Boy

Synopsis: This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years, even though he's got a child of his own. Romantically, he's having relationships with two women: Yvette, the mother of his son, and a new interest.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): John Singleton
Production: Columbia Pictures
  1 win & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

There 's this psychiatrist...

...a lady named|Dr. Frances Cress Welsing.

She has a theory|about the black man in America.

She says that because|of the system of racism...

...he's been made|to think of himself as a baby...

...a not-yet fully formed being who|hasn't realized his full potential.

To support her claim,|she offers the following:

First off...

...what does a black man|call his woman?


Second, what does a black man|call his closest acquaintances?

His boys.

And finally, what does a black man|call his place of residence?

The crib.


I don 't want to lose my baby!


Come on, babe.

You all right?

We'll go straight home, okay?


Baby, come on.

Just take it easy, okay?|Just get in.

Take it easy, baby.



You going to sleep?

Are you hungry?

I'll go to Lucy's and get you a cheese|enchilada and a strawberry shake.

That'd make you feel better.

I'm fine, Jody.

You don't need Daddy|to be here for you?

I'm just trying to take care of you.

Seems like you already done that.

Leave me alone, Jody.|Just get out of my face.

Then I guess you don't mind|if I use your car, huh?

Since you're going to sleep.

What's up, little homie?

What's going down with you?

Get the hell home.


Why are you screaming?|I'm hungry. Fix me some food.

You gonna give me some love?

Hey, Ms. Herron.|How's Daddy's little girl doing?

Look at you. Suckie-suckie, now.|Come on.

How's Daddy's little baby?

-Jody, you're parked in the driveway.|-Sorry. I'll move it.

Least you can do|is wash mine before you leave.

I got it.|Say, "Daddy got it, Grandma.

Daddy got it all under control."

Look at my pretty baby.

One thing I know how to do|is make some pretty babies.

That's my baby.|That's my little girl.

When will you say "Daddy"?|You want to go to Disneyland?

That's my baby.

Sleep, sleep, sleep.

Go on and pull the damage out.

What you doing to the backyard, Mama?

I told you I was starting a garden.

You've said that for the longest.

I must be getting old. I'm doing the|same things I seen my mama do.

I'm planting collards,|mustard greens...

...and all this over here|will be my corn.

Tomatoes. Then I'll get|a lace awning at Home Depot... I can sit here, tune you out and|sip my wine while my tomatoes grow.

My cabbage is over there.|My beans, onions and sage.

How's Yvette?

She's all right. Sleeping.

I can't give you money|every time you get a girl pregnant.

I know, Mama.

This is Melvin.|He's helping me with my new garden.

He owns a landscaping business.

Maybe you can work for him|and make some money.

Your mama told me you got a problem|finding a job.

I know how that is.

I had that problem too,|before I got my own business.

I'll take these back to the truck.

I'm gonna see you later?

I hope so.

So you got a new boyfriend now?

Mama gotta have a life too.

I'm trying to get money.

That's all I'm about. I desire sleep.

-Hey, homie. Want some weed?|-No, man. I'm cool.

I ain't gonna make no money here.|There's too many weed mans.

Let's go holler at these hos.

How's moms doing?

She cool.|I think she got a new boyfriend.

Some old thug-ass nigga.

I know she'll want to kick me out.

He'll want to lay up in the house,|move me out so he can get at Mama.

Next thing you know,|he'll be goin' upside her head.

Ain't that the way it go?

Why are you still with him?|You're always at the clinic.

It ain't Jody's fault.|It take two.

I stopped taking my pills.

There you go blaming yourself again.

How many times do you call on|the phone about his ass?

Cut him loose. I don 't care|if you got a baby. He don 't own you.

Look, Jody don't put his hands on me,|no matter how mad he get.

He ain't crazy.

B*tch, how long you been with Chris?|Three years?

How many times has that nigga gone|upside your head?

How's your eye feel?

It's all right. It's all right.

Sh*t. At least we living together.

He just want to play with your life|and string you along.

He with his other baby's mama|when he ain't with you.

Please believe. He don't love that ho.

Oh, but he love you, though.|You need to check him.

What's he say about moving in?

Jody wants to live with his mama,|not with me.

Jody, my Jody.

He's a mama's boy.|He'll never leave his mama.

Then let him f*** his mama.|Have her ass up at the clinic. Sh*t!

I love you, Jody.

I love you too.

I want you to have my baby.

I want to have your baby.

I want to have your baby.

I love you, Jody.

I love you.

I love you too.

I love you, Jody, but you scare me.

You scare me.

No, that's my baby.

Oh, my baby.

Don't cry, Mama.

Give him back!|God, please, give him back!


Can I have my car|so I can get to work?

Your car?

My car!

Go on with all that, girl.|I'm here asleep.

It's Monday. I can't be late.

Monday? What's that supposed to mean?

Get up!

Please be on time.

I'm always on time, Yvette.

Don't have me waiting.

Give me some sugar.

-Love you.|-I love you too.

You gonna have a good day?

Be good. Listen to Daddy.|I love you.

Love you too, Mommy.

Thumbs up. My man.

You be good too.

-I'm always good, baby.|-Yeah, right.

Come in front, little man.

Young baller, future shot caller.

05, Jody. Don't be late.

You want to nod your head too?|That's my boy.

Wait a minute, Jody!|Hold it! Sh*t!

You got a man out here waiting.

How do I look?

Okay. Where you going?

I don't know. I'm just going.|He asked and I'm going.

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John Singleton

John Daniel Singleton (born January 6, 1968) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for directing Boyz n the Hood. For the film, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, becoming the first African American and youngest person to have ever been nominated for the award. Singleton is a native of South Los Angeles and many of his early films, such as Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), and Baby Boy (2001), consider the implications of inner-city violence. Some of his other films include dramas such as Rosewood (1997) in addition to action films such as Shaft (2000), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Four Brothers (2005). more…

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