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Brown Sugar (2002)

PG-13 | | Romance, Comedy, Drama | 11 October 2002 (USA)
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Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andre Romulus 'Dre' Ellis
Sidney 'Syd' Shaw
Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon (as Mos Def)
Reese Marie Wiggam Ellis
Kelby Dawson
Reg Wyns ...
Ten (as Reggi Wyns)
Melissa Martinez ...
Aaliyyah Hill ...
Young Sidney
Young Dre
Older Woman
Breece Wilson ...
Woman 2


This romantic comedy centers on a romance between an A&R exec, Dre, at a hip-hop label and a magazine editor, Sidney, who have known each other since childhood.. They find themselves drifting towards being more than friends, even as Dre is engaged, and Sidney starts being wooed by a handsome basketball player. Written by PhatBleek

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Romance | Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

11 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Used to Love Her  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,738,882 (USA) (11 October 2002)


$27,362,712 (USA) (24 January 2003)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Larenz Tate was approached to play Dre, but turned it down. See more »


The soundtrack lists "Wedding March" by Lohengrin, but it was written by Richard Wagner for the opera "Lohengrin". See more »


Sidney 'Syd' Shaw: I'm getting married, you're still married and we just got busy.
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Crazy Credits

Both "De La Soul" and "Method Man" are credited in the opening credits and not in the end credits. Therefore, the IMDb ordering uses the opening credits first and fills in the rest with the end credits. See more »


References Yo! MTV Raps (1988) See more »


The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played after the minister declares Dre and Reese to be husband and wife
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User Reviews

Interesting Hip Hop Commentary, Predictable Love Story.
21 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just watched this movie on DVD. And while I found the hip-hop commentary interesting, the love story seemed to close too to LOVE AND BASKETBALL for comfort. After the cool opening scene (featuring cameos by Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane and De La Soul) I thought maybe the hop-hip angle would dominate the love story, and for a while it seemed like it would, but the opposite occured. The "friend-becoming-lovers" angles has been done better in other movies (LOVE AND BASKETBALL, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY.., etc.) and it's getting old. Don't get me wrong, the movie's not a total waste. The two leads are great, the supporting cast is good too. So if you don't mind a typical love story you just might want rent this one. Not great, but not bad as the other reviewers states.

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