The Wood (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  16 July 1999 (USA)
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While dealing with a friend's cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roland's Mother (as Elayn Taylor)
Young Mike
Young Slim
Trent Cameron ...
Young Roland
Young Alicia
Mrs. Hughes
Stacey (as De'Aundre Bonds)
Mike's Mother
Wyking Jones ...
Cashiers in Mini Mart
Geoffrey Blackshire ...
Cashiers in Mini Mart
Mike's Brother


On the wedding day of a writer's friend, things aren't looking good when the groom goes missing before the ceremony. During his and his other male friend's effort to retrieve him, that writer named Mike can't help but tell the story of his youth with his friends. Ever since he met them on his first day at a new school, they shared the common experiences of growing up and life's discoveries. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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From boyhood to manhood, you can always count on your best friends.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amigos por siempre  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,515,223 (USA) (16 July 1999)


$25,047,631 (USA) (15 October 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a recent visit to USC, his alma mater, Rick Famuyiwa revealed that Paramount executives wanted the character of Mike to pinch Alicia's buttocks in the end scene for added laughs. Needless to say, Famuyiwa balked at this and never shot this. The opening Steadicam shot took almost an entire day to shoot. See more »


At Tanya's apartment, Roland throws his tie at Slim when he attacks him. In the following shot, he is seen wearing it. See more »


Roland: Man, why do you always do that? If you want the last piece, why did you ask me if I want the last piece?
Slim: I didn't ask you. But the reason I asked Mike is the same reason you asked Lisa to marry you- it sounds nice, man.
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »


"Make It Last Forever
Written by Keith Sweat and Teddy Riley
Performed by Keith Sweat
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Pleasant Surprise

The Wood has not received very much attention and PR that many of the other movies have, but it should.

The movie is about three best friends who grew up in Inglewood California (hence the title - The Wood). The movie actually takes place on the wedding day of one of the friends and two hours before the ceremony, the groom is a no-show. The other two friends manage to track him down and proceed to bring him back.

As they bring the groom back to the wedding, the three begin to discuss old times and throughout the movie, flashback is used to show these experiences. Younger actors are used to depict the current friends and their past experiences are shown to the audience. The acting by all the characters is superb and the flashback technique is used beautifully.

The movie shows the relationships develop over the years through the eyes of one of the characters (Michael) and the humor is sprinkled throughout the movie in well placed and well timed deliveries. This is a very endearing movie that everyone should see but unfortunately, in a summer of either blockbuster or toilet humor movies, this one may get overlooked. For anyone who gets a chance, see this movie. Overall rating 9/10.

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