At the beginning of the movie, Jody waits for Yvette at the clinic and it is found out that she was pregnant but had an abortion due to Jody's demands.
Yvette constantly asks Jody if he will ever come live with her and their son so they could be like a family, but Jody avoids the subject and comes and goes as he pleases.
There has never been a movie with this angle on the African-American experience" and "[it] doesn't fall back on easy liberal finger-pointing.
There are no white people in this movie, no simplistic blaming of others; the adults in Jody's life blame him for his own troubles, and they should." Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times, praised the film for being "... heartfelt and personal..." Jonathan Rosenbaum of Chicago Reader also likes the film, stating "Like John Singleton's other features, this is far from flawless....
Feeling guilty for Rodney's death, Jody prepares to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head, but Melvin catches him and takes the gun.