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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Goofs

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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Mike: Now, any other day time drags during the last period. But not today. Naw, time was on crack today!
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If This World Were Mine
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Not only a warming comedy but a great, realistic and positive 'childhood to manhood' story
22 August 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

The Wood starring Omar Epps, Taye Diggs, Sean Nelson, Melinda Williams, De' Aundre Bonds and Antwon Tanner was a perfect positive black film that deserves alot of credit. Unlike The Best Man, it doesn't have a boring pre-wedding story - actually it's a lot of fun as the three friends talk about their fun childhood in 'The Wood' a.k.a Inglewood, California. The flashback scenes are done so nicely and the characters are written in detailed fashion and come across very realistically.

When I first seen the trailer I was like it would probably be an O.K. movie but it was alot better than I could possibly expect and turns out to be a big winner, this is a sleeper for 1999

10/10


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