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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
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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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)


£220,295 (UK) (25 July 2003)

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Sanaa Lathan and Boris Kodjoe also star together in Love & Basketball (2000), where Boris plays "Jason", Sanaa's date to the high school dance. See more »


When Syd and Francine are unpacking and talking, the books that Francine are putting away appear and disappear with each shot. See more »


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