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The Wood (1999)

While dealing with a friend's cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends.

Director:

Rick Famuyiwa

Writers:

Rick Famuyiwa (story), Todd Boyd (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elayn J. Taylor ... Roland's Mother (as Elayn Taylor)
Omar Epps ... Mike
Richard T. Jones ... Slim
Sean Nelson ... Young Mike
Duane Finley ... Young Slim
Trent Cameron Trent Cameron ... Young Roland
Malinda Williams ... Young Alicia
Patricia Belcher ... Mrs. Hughes
Taye Diggs ... Roland
Tamala Jones ... Tanya
De'aundre Bonds ... Stacey (as De'Aundre Bonds)
Cynthia Martells ... Mike's Mother
Wyking Jones Wyking Jones ... Cashiers in Mini Mart
Geoffrey Blackshire Geoffrey Blackshire ... Cashiers in Mini Mart
Jascha Washington ... Mike's Brother
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Storyline

On the wedding day of a writer's friend, things aren't looking good when the groom goes missing before the ceremony. During his and his other male friend's effort to retrieve him, that writer named Mike can't help but tell the story of his youth with his friends. Ever since he met them on his first day at a new school, they shared the common experiences of growing up and life's discoveries. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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From boyhood to manhood, you can always count on your best friends.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wood See more »

Filming Locations:

Inglewood, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,515,223, 18 July 1999

Gross USA:

$25,059,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,059,640
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a recent visit to USC, his alma mater, Rick Famuyiwa revealed that Paramount executives wanted the character of Mike to pinch Alicia's buttocks in the end scene for added laughs. Needless to say, Famuyiwa balked at this and never shot this. The opening Steadicam shot took almost an entire day to shoot. See more »

Goofs

When Stacy is driving the boys to the dance, Too Short's "Freaky Tales" can be heard playing in the background. The setting for this part of the movie is 1986, and "Freaky Tales" wasn't released until 1988. See more »

Quotes

Mike: Time was on crack today.
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Connections

Spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

If This World Were Mine
Written by Marvin Gaye
Performed by Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn
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Refreshingly Realistic, Well Acted, Light Hearted Laughs
17 July 1999 | by SoujiroSee all my reviews

The most refreshing aspect of this movie is the mere fact that the three main African American characters are not : drug dealers, wise cracking officers of the law, pimps, womanizing alcoholics, bums, etc.

However, they are also not annoyingly wholesome. These three guys are real people with real problems. I'm not saying that the previously mentioned stereotypes don't exist, but I'm sick of being beat over the head with stereotypes while at the same time being told how evil stereotyping is.

This is the coming of age story of three black kids growing up in a suburb of Southern California. I don't know if Rick Famuyiwa is black or not, but he can write excellent black dialogue. Contrary to popular belief, most black people do not say f*** seven times in every sentence and this film acknowledges and respects that fact. The film does drag at points, but there are definitely big laughs and the flashbacks taking place in the mid 1980's are beautifully done. One almost feels that the film should have been shot as one long flashback sequence.

All in all, I feel that this is a great movie for people of any color to see. The movie is rated R, but it's very light hearted and aside from some language that any child over the age of ten has been exposed to, and one very funny and non-graphic sex scene, there's nothing offensive. I am inclined to think that African Americans have come to expect nudity, explicit sex, and violence in movies aimed at them, and some might ironically be disappointed by the cheerful mood of the movie. I hope that I'm wrong.

This is an American Pie-ish movie that you won't be ashamed to show your kids (or your parents) and a Soul Food-ish movie that your kids will actually enjoy. An excellent first movie for Rick Famuyiwa and a nice change of pace in black cinema.


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