The film follows bicycle mechanic Joseph "Jody" Summers as he lives and learns in his everyday life in the hood of Los Angeles. The film, originally set to star Tupac Shakur, instead switched to Gibson after Shakur's 1996 death. He spends most of his time with his unemployed best friend Sweetpea (Omar Gooding), and does not seem interested in becoming a responsible adult.
Gibson and Henson later starred in the film Four Brothers.
Later that night, Jody and Sweetpea confront Rodney, and as he attempts to escape, Jody shoots him in the back of the legs.
Rodney steals the money and keys from her wallet and takes off in her car to go and find Jody.
Rodney tries to kill Jody in a drive-by shooting; however, he is unsuccessful.
with his girlfriend of five years, 25-year-old Yvette (Taraji P.
Henson) and a daughter with an 18-year-old girl that he cheated on Yvette with named Peanut (Tamara La Seon Bass) who also lives with her mother.
It grossed a total of $28,734,552 domestically and $647,097 elesewhere for a total of $29,381,649, above its $16 million production budget.
Baby Boy received mixed to positive reviews from critics and has a rating of 71% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 92 reviews with an average score of 6.2 out of 10.
But the characters are so full-bodied and the feelings so raw and complex that I'd call this the best thing he's done to date..." A soundtrack containing hip-hop and R&B music was released by Universal Records on June 19, 2001.
It peaked at #41 on the Billboard 200, #12 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #5 on the Top Soundtracks, and spawned one charting single, "Just a Baby Boy", performed by Snoop Dogg featuring Tyrese & Mr.
However, he is forced to mature as a result of an ex-con named Melvin (Ving Rhames), who moves into their home.