Baby Boy Jody (Tyrese Gibson), the strapping, sloe-eyed, 20-year-old protagonist of John Singleton's ambling yet impassioned film, is, by any definition, a bum. Jobless and pleasure-seeking, with… Baby Boy Jody (Tyrese Gibson), the strapping, sloe-eyed, 20-year-old protagonist of John Singleton's ambling yet impassioned film, is, by any definition, a bum. Jobless and pleasure-seeking, with… 2001-06-27 R PT127M Drama Tyrese Angell Conwell Snoop Dogg Omar Gooding Taraji P. Henson Adrienne-Joi Johnson Ving Rhames Sony Pictures Entertainment Columbia Pictures
Movie Review

Baby Boy (2001)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 27, 2001; Rated: R; Length: 127 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Tyrese; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Jody (Tyrese Gibson), the strapping, sloe-eyed, 20-year-old protagonist of John Singleton's ambling yet impassioned film, is, by any definition, a bum. Jobless and pleasure-seeking, with two young children by two different women, he can't focus on anything but the next moment. The movie is lurching and repetitive, yet Singleton creates such an intricate and painful sense of what's going on inside Jody that his haphazard days have more fullness, more life, than most movie characters' tidy arcs. Gibson gives a broodingly responsive performance as a young man who refuses to grow up because it would mean he'd have to stop fighting himself.

Originally posted Jul 20, 2001 Published in issue #605 Jul 20, 2001 Order article reprints