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* AbortionFalloutDrama: In the first post-credits scene, Yvette aborts what would have been her second child with Jody. She has sympathy on her side, however, since she's heartbroken over the procedure and her boyfriend Jody is an irresponsible {{jerkass}} who has a child with another woman.



* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted in the first post-opening credits scene, in which Yvette aborts what would have been her second child with Jody. She's still treated sympathetically, as she's heartbroken during the procedure.


* YourCheatingHeart: Jody is known for this. When confronted about this by Yvette, he admits to it but states that he ''fucks'' other women and makes love to her. He had stopped cheating at that point but told her he still was since he figured she wasn't going to believe him anyway.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pea's character arc and epiphany is started and hinted at, respectively, as early as the "Guns and Butter" scene. While Jody's back is faced towards Melvin and he clearly isn't interested in what he has to say, Melvin is facing towards him and seems to be genuinely moved by his speech.

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** Some people interpreted the ending scene as an analogy to childbirth. [[spoiler:Jody, in a vulnerable, completely broken state, has to have his gun slowly and carefully taken from him by Melvin, who wraps it in a rag and cradles it in his arms.]]

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Jody is constantly referred to as "[[ArcWords baby]] [[TitleDrop boy]]", reflecting his immaturity for a man in his twenties. Many of his behaviors such as eating candy, watching cartoons, and his reliance and protectiveness over his mother are all typically seen as infantile. He is also bald, not unlike a newborn baby. Finally, there's the very opening scene of Jody, completely naked, in a giant womb, being birthed by his mother.

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* PaperTiger: Jody attempts to intimidate Melvin out of the house. Melvin's response, predictably, is to act like he's leaving, causing Jody to tell him to leave under his breath... then suddenly put him in a chokehold. When Jody tries to summon his mother, Melvin proceeds to mock him and call him a "chocolate bitch".

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* SweetTooth: Jody constantly snacks on lemon drops.


-->'''Melvin''': I told that little nigga, don't f**k with me, but you wanna f**k with a nigga right? I tried to be a good motherf***king nigga, but I can't be cause lil' bitch ass niggas like you wanna f**k with me. You wanna f**k with a nigga right? You wanna nigga who got two strikes on him to go to jail for life brotha, if that's what you want.
-->'''Jody''': F**k it, I'm leaving man!.
-->'''Melvin''': F**k no, no, I'm leaving, I can't live like this!

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-->'''Melvin''': I told that little nigga, don't f**k fuck with me, but you wanna f**k fuck with a nigga right? I tried to be a good motherf***king motherfucking nigga, but I can't be cause lil' bitch ass niggas like you wanna f**k fuck with me. You wanna f**k fuck with a nigga right? You wanna nigga who got two strikes on him to go to jail for life brotha, if that's what you want.
-->'''Jody''': F**k Fuck it, I'm leaving man!.
-->'''Melvin''': F**k Fuck no, no, I'm leaving, I can't live like this!

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Melvin gives one to Jody after he shoved him and Melvin punched him.
-->'''Melvin''': I told that little nigga, don't f**k with me, but you wanna f**k with a nigga right? I tried to be a good motherf***king nigga, but I can't be cause lil' bitch ass niggas like you wanna f**k with me. You wanna f**k with a nigga right? You wanna nigga who got two strikes on him to go to jail for life brotha, if that's what you want.
-->'''Jody''': F**k it, I'm leaving man!.
-->'''Melvin''': F**k no, no, I'm leaving, I can't live like this!


The movie concerns Joseph "Jody" Summers, a young, selfish, immature black man in South Central LA who wants to live large but doesn't have a job. He's got two children by two different women, Yvette and Peanut, and has been living with his mother Juanita for several years. As Jody deals with the increasing pressures of adult responsibility, he also contends with his troubled best friend Sweetpea and new adversary Rodney. And then there's his mother's new live-in boyfriend Melvin, a well meaning reformed gangster who Jody openly disrespects and ridicules. Melvin agrees with Juanita that her son should grow up, move out, and move on.

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The movie concerns Joseph "Jody" Summers, Summers (Creator/TyreseGibson), a young, selfish, immature black man in South Central LA who wants to live large but doesn't have a job. He's got two children by two different women, Yvette (Creator/TarajiPHenson) and Peanut, Peanut (Tamara [=LaSeon=] Bass), and has been living with his mother Juanita (Adrienne-Joi Johnson) for several years. As Jody deals with the increasing pressures of adult responsibility, he also contends with his troubled best friend Sweetpea (Omar Gooding) and new adversary Rodney. Rodney (Music/SnoopDogg). And then there's his mother's new live-in boyfriend Melvin, Melvin (Creator/VingRhames), a well meaning reformed gangster who Jody openly disrespects and ridicules. Melvin agrees with Juanita that her son should grow up, move out, and move on.


* OedipusComplex: Melvin suggests that Jody suffers from this, given his evident resentment of Melvin's presence. The film makes it clear that Melvin is mostly right.

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* OedipusComplex: Lampshaded. Melvin suggests that Jody suffers from this, given his evident resentment of Melvin's presence. The film makes it clear that Melvin is mostly right.


* ShoutOut: Tupac Shakur was originally going to star as Jody, but was infamously murdered before production got underway. The film pays homage to him to referring to him as Jody's older (and murdered) brother and having a huge picture of him hanging up in Jody's room as well as other family photos showing Tupac in this role.

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* ShoutOut: Tupac Shakur was originally going to star as Jody, but was infamously murdered in 1996 before production got underway. The film pays homage to him to referring to him as Jody's older (and murdered) brother Ray-Ray and having a huge picture mural of him hanging up in Jody's room as well as other family photos showing Tupac in this role.


* HollywoodCalifornia: Specifically, Watts.

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* HollywoodCalifornia: Specifically, Watts.Leimert Park.


* KickTheDog: Or more accurately, Kick The Fort. Rodney kicks down his ex-girlfriend's son's pillow fort, to drive home that he is not at all a pleasant guy.
** [[spoiler:Jody kicking Yvette out of his motherís house, after she came to pick up Jojo, in the pouring rain since he believes she's leaving him for Rodney]].

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* KickTheDog: Or more accurately, Kick The the Fort. Rodney kicks down his ex-girlfriend's son's pillow fort, to drive home that he is not at all a pleasant guy.
** [[spoiler:Jody kicking Yvette out of his motherís house, after she came to pick up Jojo, in the pouring rain rain, since he believes she's leaving him for Rodney]].



* ManChild: Jody is around 20 years old, still lives with his mother, doesn't have his own car (he constantly drives Yvette's car).

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* ManChild: Jody is around 20 years old, still lives with his mother, and doesn't have his own car (he car. He constantly drives Yvette's car).car.

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: After Jody witnesses Sweetpea kill Rodney, he goes back to his house where he contemplates shooting himself. Melvin enters his room and wordlessly takes his gun away from him.]]

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