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The Brothers (2001)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 23 March 2001 (USA)
Four friends begin to question women and relationships when one of them announces impending nuptials.

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"The Brothers" traces the journey of four African-American men as they take on love, sex, friendship and two of life's most terrifying prospects honesty and commitment. Smart, successful and sexy, Jackson Smith, Brian Palmer, Derrick West and Terry White are "The Brothers" lifelong friends banded together to weather love's innate terrors and occasional triumphs in this brazenly comic yet painfully true exploration of the battle between the sexes. Amidst the career track, basketball and bar hopping, "The Brothers" love women, as many as possible, but shocking revelation tests the foursome's friendship and changes their dating habits forever. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,302,846 (USA) (23 March 2001)

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$27,457,409 (USA) (1 June 2001)
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Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, and Tamala Jones starred in the romantic comedy Two Can Play That Game, which was also released in 2001. See more »

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Jackson Smith: I know love's supposed to be this beautiful thing, but I just can't get with it. I go up, love goes down. I go left, love goes right. I say I'm ready, love says "Not yet, Jackson, she dated your father." Maybe there is love out there, but it's running from me. I can't keep chasing it.
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It's about race but simply about the human race.
25 March 2009 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

I know this may sound like a strange way to start off a review but I just had to say how refreshing and enjoyable it was to watch a movie based around African-American characters that simply took those characters and placed them in situations and story lines that weren't defined by ethnicity or social standing but that were, instead, universally identifiable.

This is a deceptively simple tale of four friends (Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy and Shemar Moore) who take turns trying to improve/mess up their own love lives and, subsequently, the lives of the women they're involved with. It's like When Harry Met Sally but with four Harrys, a few different Sallys and a change in skin colour. That's all.

Looking at the cast list may not get your hopes up, there certainly wasn't anybody I recognised for their quality work in films though that may be in part due to my own ignorance. But I will say right now that everyone involved either does well enough (Tatyana Ali will never be the best in her field but she gets by) or wildly exceeds expectations (D.L. Hughley provides some of the funniest domestic scenes I have seen in recent memory) so there's no need to worry. When you add the likes of Gabrielle Union, Tamala Jones (funny AND sexy), Clifton Powell and Jenifer Lewis then you have a great cast reading from a great script.

And just what does make this script so good and so much fun? It's because there are so many moments that ring true. It's as if writer/director Gary Hardwick saw snippets of uncomfortable truth in some Kevin Smith movie and then managed to a)make those private moments more palatable for viewers and then b)string them along to make a unifying strand through an otherwise standard romantic comedy. Let's be glad that he did because this film is all the better for it.

See this if you like: So I Married An Axe Murderer, The Break-Up, Boomerang.


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