Baby Boy is a 2001 American urban drama film written, produced, and directed by John Singleton. It has been considered a sequel of sorts to Singleton's earlier, more famous work Boyz n the Hood released ten years earlier. The film follows bicycle mechanic Joseph "Jody" Summers as he lives his everyday life in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
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An immature young adult named Jody (Tyrese Gibson) lives with his mother Juanita (Adrienne-Joi Johnson) in South Central Los Angeles. He spends most of his time with his unemployed best friend Sweetpea (Omar Gooding) and does not seem interested in becoming a responsible adult. However, he is forced to mature as a result of a ex-con named Melvin (Ving Rhames) who moves into their home. Another factor is his children - a son with his girlfriend Yvette (Taraji P. Henson) and a daughter with a girl named Peanut. Yvette constantly asks Jody if he will ever come live with her and their son, but Jody avoids the subject and comes and goes as he pleases. Jody also continues seeing and having sex with other women, including Peanut. This becomes an issue between him and Yvette as well.
Eventually, Yvette's gangster ex-boyfriend Rodney (Snoop Dogg) is released from prison and returns to the neighborhood to challenge Jody. Rodney attempts to rape Yvette in front of her son, and also tries to kill Jody in a drive-by shooting; however, he is unsuccessful with both efforts. Jody and Sweetpea confront Rodney, and as he attempts to escape, Jody shoots him in the ankle. Sweetpea urges Jody to kill Rodney, but he refuses, at which point Sweetpea kills Rodney himself. Feeling guilty for Rodney's death, Jody prepares to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head, but thankfully Melvin catches him and takes the gun. After reflecting on the death of Rodney and how he put Yvette and his son in danger by not being around consistently, Jody finally moves out of his mom's house and in with Yvette. Jody has now become a mature man, realizing that his mom's relationship with Melvin is a stable one and that he has a family of his own that he needs to protect and take care of. Afterwards, Jody and Yvette get married and she becomes pregnant with Jody's third child and her second child with him. Sweetpea decides to turn over a new leaf and gets baptized, putting his old life as a street thug behind him.
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