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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

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

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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The rhythm, the love, the beat...and you don't stop. See more »

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Romance | Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

11 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Used to Love Her  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Goofs

During the scene where Sidney and Dre are walking through The Mall in Central Park, you can hear someone giving set directions. See more »

Quotes

Dre: Simplicity provides a fine line between elegance and plainness.
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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 »

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Referenced in Shark Tank: Episode #6.1 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

No One Knows Her Name
Performed by Hi-Tek featuring Delvin Geralds (as Big D) and Piakhan
Written by Hi-Tek (as Tony Cottrell), Delvin Geralds and David Standford Jr.
Hi-Tek appears courtesy of MCA Records
Big D and Piakhan appear courtesy of Hi-Tek Productions Inc.
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I hope the movie industry continues to make african-american movies like this!
18 October 2002 | by (Milwaukee WI) – See all my reviews

I just loved this movie!!!! It brought back the "old-fashioned" love story. Everyone was so good in it but I thought the actor who stood out was Mos Def especially with his "Humphrey Bogart/Casablanca" analogy. It was just too funny and yet it made a lot of sense. Also his conversation with Boris Kodjoe in the kitchen was also very funny. This (to me) seems to be the first piece of film work that took hip-hop seriously and beautifully incorporated it into a love story. I was also impressed with the fact that there was no nudity and hardly no profanity.


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