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  • Summary: Ten years after "Boyz N the Hood," writer and director John Singleton returns to the same inner-city L.A. neighborhood and its complex social and political issues for the story of Jody (Gibson), a misguided, 20-year-old African-American who is really just a "baby boy" finally forced-kicking and screaming -- to face the commitments of real life. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. 88
    Now Singleton, too, dares to take a hard look at his community. His characters are a little older, and he is older, too, and less forgiving.
  2. Jody's story is told with so much heart -- and his character is acted with such a winning combination of playfulness, vulnerability and sexual dynamism by Mr. Gibson -- that you can forgive the occasionally incoherent storytelling, the overwrought moments and the haphazard, unconvincing excursions into dream and fantasy.
  3. 75
    Raunchy, provocative and often very funny.
  4. The characters are so full-bodied and the feelings so raw and complex that I'd call this the best thing he's (Singleton) done to date.
  5. Despite the audience pandering -- not just in its violence, but in its wall-to-wall sexual vulgarity -- there are terrific elements in Baby Boy.
  6. You may or may not like what you see, but there it is, indisputably, right in your face.
  7. 20
    A preachy, monotonous failure hyped as a follow-up to his incendiary 1991 debut, "Boyz N the Hood."

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    I enjoyed this movie, it is a decent urban drama. At times it can be tedious and repetitive, and it fails to stand up to its own potential, but its saved by solid acting and a realistic structure. Collapse

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