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  • Angst? What Angst?: Juanita never has a moment where she reflects on the death of her older son, who she lost in a similar conflict to the one between Jody and Melvin. It's Jody who's the one constantly haunted by it.
  • Anvilicious: The movie is hardly subtle about its message. In fact, it actually opens with a scene depicting a nude, fully grown Jody in a womb as Tyrese Gibson's voiceover gives his monologue as seen on the main page. The scene ends with Jody screaming as the womb shakes and he's about to be born, symbolizing his need to grow up and leave the nest.
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  • Fridge Brilliance: "Summer Madness" by Kool And The Gang is the Leitmotif of the film, usually playing during Jody's most vulnerable moments. What's Jody's surname? Summers.
  • Name's the Same: Jody's last name, Summers, makes him one letter off from sharing a name with Jody Summer.
  • Narm:
    • Most scenes between Rodney and Jody's son. The scenes were supposed to be serious, but you know you can't help but laugh at the line, "Fuck yo fort, little nigga".
    • Also the scene where Jody and Sweetpea get revenge on some thugs, especially the part where Sweetpea whips one thug with his belt in an over-the-top manner.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Omar Gooding, who plays Sweetpea, is mostly known to be a comedy actor, and clearly isn't cut out to play a gangster, but the Ham and Cheese performance he gives in the film is seen as delightfully hilarious to many.
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    • The scene of Jody imagining getting shot by Rodney would just be straight Narm if it weren't for Jody's overdramatic acting being so hilarious to watch. It's also probably justified considering it was just his imagination.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The film doesn't even try to be subtle about its critique of young black men living irresponsibly at such an age, but it shouldn't have to be. Melvin's famous "guns and butter" monologue is universally accepted as a Signature Scene amongst many others for its sound fiscal advice.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Melvin stopping Jody from shooting himself by taking his gun, after seeing Sweetpea violently shoot Rodney.
    • There's also Jody's reaction towards his mother for sticking with Melvin over him, feeling like she's betraying him following their need for him to move out.
      Jody: (in response to Juanita begging Melvin to stay) "Don't go"?! You gonna choose this nigga over me?! Your flesh and blood, your child?!
      Juanita: You are not a baby anymore! You are not a child!
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  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: The scene where Jody smacks Yvette is portrayed as him crossing the Moral Event Horizon since he apparently broke his promise to Yvette not to put his hands on him, and he was still wrong for cheating on Yvette. However, it's difficult to fault him for that one action because he only hit Yvette out of self-defense since Yvette kept on continuously beating on him and even socked him in the eye instead of just simply letting him leave. It also turns Yvette into a complete hypocrite since she even uses the Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male on Jody as a defense after she was slapped only one time. So it's easy to take Jody's side during this one moment.
  • What an Idiot!: It's never a smart idea to trash-talk a group of young thugs who can easily gang up on you. Jody learns this the hard way.
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