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The Wood (1999)

 -  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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Roland's Mother (as Elayn Taylor)
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Mike
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Slim
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Young Mike
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Young Slim
Trent Cameron ...
Young Roland
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Young Alicia
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Mrs. Hughes
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Roland
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Tanya
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Stacey (as De'Aundre Bonds)
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Mike's Mother
Wyking Jones ...
Cashiers in Mini Mart
Geoffrey Blackshire ...
Cashiers in Mini Mart
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Mike's Brother
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Storyline

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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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16 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Amigos por siempre  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

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When Stacy is driving the boys to the dance, Too Short's "Freaky Tales" can be heard playing in the background. The setting for this part of the movie is 1986, and "Freaky Tales" wasn't released until 1988. See more »

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Stacey's Date: What happened to your rubbers? You had four. I counted. Now one's gone missing.
Stacey: I don't know what you're talking about, babe.
Stacey's Date: Who is she?
Stacey: Who is who?
Stacey's Date: The ho you fuckin', that's who!
Stacey: I ain't fuckin' no ho but you!
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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Back in the Day (Remix)
Written by Ahmad, Stefan Gordy
Performed by Ahmad
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A simple film
11 February 2006 | by (Detroit, MI USA) – See all my reviews

This is the type of film that you can just sit back and enjoy. The male leads(Diggs, Epps and Jones) have chemistry as well as their young counterparts. The plot is simple and easy to follow. Roland(Diggs) is about to get married, but chickens out and goes over an old girlfriends house instead.Then Mike(Epps) and Slim(Jones) are sent over there to go get him before the wedding. While getting him sobered up, Mike reminisced on when they first met. This movie is better than movies of the same theme(The Best Man, The Brothers, etc.) because the male leads are more likable and less one dimensional, although Rolands reasons for not wanting to get married aren't explained enough. Also, the girl that plays young Alicia is way too old for the role.

Bottom line, the narrative by Epps is good and it's not riddled with stereotypes. Also, the 80's soundtrack is great and this is an entertaining movie. 7/10


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