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The Brothers -- Entertaining journey of four African-American men as they take on love, sex, friendship and two of life's most terrifying prospects--honesty and commitment.
The Brothers -- Four friends begin to question women and relationships when one of them announces impending nuptials.


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Writer (WGA):
Gary Hardwick (written by)
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23 March 2001 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Gary Hardwick 
Writing credits
Gary Hardwick (written by)

Produced by
Paddy Cullen .... producer
Doug McHenry .... executive producer
Darin Scott .... producer
Original Music by
Marcus Miller (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Alexander Gruszynski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Earl Watson 
Casting by
Reuben Cannon 
Production Design by
Amy B. Ancona  (as Amy Ancona)
Art Direction by
Austin Gorg 
Set Decoration by
Melissa M. Levander  (as Melissa Levander)
Costume Design by
Debrae Little 
Makeup Department
Stacye P. Branche .... makeup department head (as Stacye Branche)
Kokeeta Douglas .... assistant makeup artist
Jasmine Kimble .... additional hair
Kimberly Kimble .... key hair stylist
Kathleen Sandoval .... assistant makeup
JoAnn Stafford-Chaney .... key hair stylist
Brian A. Tunstall .... hair department head (as Brian Andrew Tunstall)
Production Management
Paddy Cullen .... unit production manager
Kevin Halloran .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Sparks .... first assistant director (as Donald L. Sparks)
Rebecca Strickland .... second assistant director
Wayne Witherspoon .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Treven Bedwell .... set dresser
Laura Castillo DelMuro .... scenic painter
Shiuvaun Egan .... scenic painter
Todd Ellis .... property master
Andy Friend .... storyboard artist
Laura Garcia .... scenic painter (as Laura I. Garcia)
Nicole Gorg .... art department administrator
Karen Greene .... scenic painter
Brian J. Hahn .... propmaker (as Brian Hahn)
Teena Hoppe .... set decorating assistant
Susan Hutchinson .... lead scenic painter
Michael Klingerman .... leadman
Paula Maslowski .... set decorating assistant
Rangel Mata .... scenic painter
R.A. Tony Poland .... assistant property master
Bert Smith .... on-set dresser
Reese St. Amant .... scenic painter (as Charisse St. Amant)
Eric Steinway .... set dresser (as Donald Erick Steinway)
Jim Utter .... set dresser (as James S. Utter)
Rion Waller .... set dresser
Sound Department
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Dario Biscaldi .... foley artist
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
Susan Cahill .... foley editor (as Susan Gamsaragan)
Anita Cannella .... foley artist
Matt Dubin .... digital transfer engineer
Lisle Engle .... re-recording mixer (as Lisle Houston Engle)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Ron Fremstad .... cable person
Jason George .... sound designer
Jason George .... sound supervision
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
Patrick Giraudi .... re-recording mixer
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley mixer
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Carrie Lisonbee .... sound effects editor (as Carrie Tippets)
Michael McNerney .... foley artist (as Mike McNerney)
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Vince Perry .... digital transfer engineer (as Vincent Perry)
Andy Rovins .... cable person
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby
Amanda LeFlore .... utility stunts: #2
Julius LeFlore .... stunt coordinator
Robert Powell .... utility stunts: #1
April Weeden .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Awad .... electrician (as Roger M. Awad)
Stephenie Blakemore .... electrician (as Stephanie Blakemore)
Henry Cline .... camera operator: "b" camera
Rick Colosimo .... grip
Kim Cousins .... second assistant camera (as Kimberly Cousins)
Nicola Goode .... still photographer
Thadeus Hall .... electrician
Emil Hampton .... first assistant camera
Jason Hicks .... grip
Joe Hicks .... dolly grip (as Joe E. Hicks)
Dan Jones .... loader
Ronald R. Koch Jr. .... electrician (as Ron Koch Jr.)
Randy Kutcher .... grip
Lonnie Leslie .... best boy grip (as Lonnie J. Leslie)
Dennis J. Lootens .... electrician
Juan Morse .... electrician
Jeff Murrell .... chief lighting technician (as Jeffrey A. Murrell)
Robert Neville .... electrician
Steve Reinhardt .... best boy electric
Katie Santore .... loader (as D. Kathryn Santore)
Hank Sheppherd .... key rigging grip
Cory Shiozaki .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam operator
Henry Tirl .... camera operator
Gary Katsuya Ushino .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Gary K. Ushino)
Sandy Williams .... key grip
Casting Department
Ayo Davis .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Antonitta Barnes .... costumer
Maritza Garcia-Roddy .... associate costume designer (as Maritza L. Garcia-Roddy)
Teri Gill .... costumer (as Terri D. Gill)
Laura Rubio .... costumer
Conan Castro Jr. .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gail DuFosse .... assistant editor (as Gail Du Fossé)
Chris Mistorni .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Jay Bolton .... music editor
Joe Guthrie .... music coordinator (as Joseph Guthrie)
Melodee Sutton .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Robert Bright .... driver
Vittorio Caruso .... driver
Scott Fair .... driver
Rick Fese Jr. .... transportation co-captain (as Rick J. Fese Jr.)
Dennis Germain .... driver
Pablo Gonzalez .... driver
Frank Graves .... driver (as Frank E. Graves)
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Roger Ickes .... driver
Steve Larson .... transportation dispatcher
Rocco Mann .... driver
Kenny Nunn .... driver (as Kenneth G. Nunn)
Adam Pinkstaff .... transportation captain (as Adam R. Pinkstaff)
Michael 'Bud' Ruben .... driver (as Michael L. 'Bud' Ruben)
Michael Ryan .... driver (as Michael D. Ryan)
Bruce Souther .... driver
Charles Stepp .... driver
Dick Tracy .... driver (as Richard Tracy)
Scott Tyler .... driver
Other crew
Cedi Ali Rajah .... office production assistant (as Cedi Snowden)
Daniel Ammon .... chef assistant
Derek Arteta .... production legal services
Derek Avila .... assistant location manager
Theodore Borders .... loop group (as Theo Borders)
Allen M. Bowen .... set medic (as Allen Bowen)
June Christopher .... loop group
Almarie Clifford .... studio teacher
Michael Coleman .... basketball consultant
Robert Darwell .... production legal services
Russ Fega .... location manager
Mel C. Ferrer .... assistant: Paddy Cullen
Marie Frazier .... assistant: Gary Hardwick and Darin Scott
Jamala Gaither .... key set production assistant (as Jamala Gaither Brown)
Will Gatlin .... craft service (as Will R. Gatlin)
Kerry Gutierrez .... loop group
Wendy Hoffman .... loop group
Rif Hutton .... loop group
Venus Kanani .... assistant production coordinator (as Venus M. Kanani)
Jason Z. Kemp .... set production assistant
Sandra McNeil .... studio teacher
Daniel A. Mondschain .... office production assistant
Monica Muehlhause-Horn .... production accountant
Cindy Nevins .... payroll accountant
Paula Newsome .... loop group
Jonathan Nichols .... loop group
Devika Parikh .... loop group
Greg Poland .... loop group
Michele Robertson .... unit publicist
Bumper Robinson .... loop group
Nicole Rubio .... script supervisor (as Nicole Cummins)
Deandre 'Silky' Russell .... set production assistant (as De-Andre 'Silky' Russell)
Lissette Schettini .... office production assistant
Dan Schlaack .... production coordinator
Timothy P. Tundel .... assistant accountant
Kenny Vasquez .... set production assistant
Kevin White .... chef (as Kevin P. White Jr.)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Jesse Caldwell:[after Judge Carla rudely insults and snubs them, then walks away] What's her problem?
Brian Palmer:I have no idea.
Judge Carla Williams:[Walking back to the table] Excuse me? What did you say?
Brian Palmer:Carla, we're just trying to have lunch. Why are you making a scene?
Judge Carla Williams:I'm not making a scene. I'm just having girl talk, right? Now, what did you SAY?
Jesse Caldwell:I said, "What's... your... PROBLEM?"
Judge Carla Williams:[Pointing in Jesse's face] My problem is tired-ass men like this, and women like you who get the whole world given to them, but no, no, no, you have to have our men TOO!
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Well-meaning, funny and original, 9 August 2001
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

"The Brothers" is unlike many romantic comedies in recent years, which is why I'm surprised at the very, very low rating. A 4.3 with the majority of voters rating it a 1? I don't know whether people prefer the more conventional romantic fluff, which they're used to, or can't handle one that takes time for character development. And after watching the featurette on the DVD, as well as the vastly impressive commentary by writer/director Gary Hardwick, I've gained an even better understanding of the film. I gained a good enough understanding on my first viewing, but the commentary clarified everything.

Though the central cast is male, the film doesn't take on a mysogynist tone. We get the views of the men, as well as the women. And the dialogue between each sex is sharp and witty, unlike for instance the final scene from the filthy sex comedy "Whipped" where the dialogue between the females are reduced to chat about penis size.

The acting is very well done. I've never watched "Young and the Restless" (nor any soap), so I haven't seen any of Shemar Moore's previous work, but judging by his performance in this movie he has good potential on the big screen. He already has it made in the looks department. Some of my female friends wanted to this movie just because of Shemar. Well, he has a lot of shirtless scenes, so I don't think the women will be the least bit disappointed. DL Hughley is hilarious as usual. When has he not been? There's a great scene where he chats with his mother (played by veteran TV actress Marla Gibbs) at a nursing home, and she reveals that she was drinking while pregnant with him. The chemistry between them in that particular scene is perfect. Bill Bellamy (fellow stand-up comedian) is also funny as pretty much the philosopher of the group. He also gets the chance to show off his talent as a dramatic actor. On the subject of mother-son interactions, he has a nice, subtlely powerful scene where he confronts his Mom about her lack of showing her feelings around him. And in that scene, he begs her for a hug. Finally, Morris Chestnut gives another fine performance as a pediatrician/cassanova, who falls for one of his patient's sisters (the beautiful Gabrielle Union). Of course, I can't leave Clifton Powell off the list. He's great as Morris' father, who turns out to have a sexual history with Gabrielle.

Tatyana Ali showed that she has evolved as an actress, since playing Ashley Banks on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air." She has an amazingly commanding screen presence. Tamala Jones (from "Booty Call") is a good comic actress (and she's beautiful too :0), and has some funny interactions with DL, who plays her husband. That includes one where she refuses to (How do I put this in a clean fashion?) please DL orally. 'Cause apparently, "it causes cancer."

Director Hardwick modeled the four characters after the four sides of his personality. The Bill Bellamy character is a lawyer, which he is. And he has been married in the past, with the usual jitters when it comes to commitment (like Shemar's character). The movie is about friendship, commitment, temptation, love, honesty, all the things that go into a serious relationship. And it's done in a way that's funny and insightful. At points, quite moving. I like the dialogue. I like the way the actors talk like real people, and not actors maneuvered by the script like chess pieces. It all has a natural flow.

Not to sound preachy, but it's nice that every once in a while a film comes along to portray African-Americans in a positive light. How often do we see a film (directed by an African-American) where the central (black) characters are doctors and lawyers? Too often black filmmakers seem to adore subject matter involving young black males growing up in "the hood" and dodging thugs left and right. Is this really how we want black people portrayed? Better yet, do blacks themselves want people of their race to be portrayed in that fashion? Films like Hype Williams' "Belly" are one step away from minstrelsy, except minstrelsy was created by white people. And whenever a film like "Save the Last Dance" comes by, where there happens to be some negative black characters and it happens to be directed by a white person, guess which race takes the bad rap? I'm just saying blacks should make more positive movies about themselves before they complain to whites about portraying them negatively.

Now, my only criticism is the portrayal of white women. I'm sure you think I'm a racial activist by now (LOL), but I'm really not. I'm just voicing out my honest opinion. The Julie Benz character is portrayed as this subservient female who's supposed to get Bellamy (who plays her lover) a sandwich whenever she wants, pour him a glass of wine whenever she wants and do all these things, 'cause apparently white women will do anything a man tells her to do, as opposed to black women who put up a fight. Well, just like most movies about interracial relationships, we have the whole conflict, including one where Benz and Bellamy are confronted by his former lover (Angelle Brooks) who complains about white women stealing all "their" black men. Can't we have a film that comes along that treats the subject of interracial relationships well, absent of all this preachy bulls**t? And have a white women portrayed as more than a mindless ditz?

Despite that one flaw, I found "The Brothers" very impressive, very original, very funny and very entertaining. And I liked the song's theme "Love Don't Love Me" by Eric Benet. It gives the film a more upbeat tone. If you're looking for an escape from the conventional fluff of this genre, I definitely recommend this movie!

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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