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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.

Director:

Rick Famuyiwa

Writers:

Michael Elliot (story), Michael Elliot (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taye Diggs ... Andre Romulus 'Dre' Ellis
Sanaa Lathan ... Sidney 'Syd' Shaw
Yasiin Bey ... Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon (as Mos Def)
Nicole Ari Parker ... Reese Marie Wiggam Ellis
Boris Kodjoe ... Kelby Dawson
Queen Latifah ... Francine
Wendell Pierce ... Simon
Erik Weiner ... Ren
Reg Wyns Reg Wyns ... Ten (as Reggi Wyns)
Melissa Martinez Melissa Martinez ... Meghan
Aaliyyah Hill Aaliyyah Hill ... Young Sidney
Marc John Jefferies ... Young Dre
Venida Evans ... Older Woman
Breece Wilson Breece Wilson ... Woman
Brette Taylor ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Romance | Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Used to Love Her See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,738,882, 13 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,362,712, 26 January 2003
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs play love interests in "The Best Man" series. See more »

Goofs

At the party, after Kelby proposes to Sidney, Dre and Sidney have a conversation, during which the two gold records on the wall behind them disappear and reappear between shots. See more »

Quotes

Chris: I'm not the Humphrey Bogart in this. I'm the Peter Lorre. I'm the sidekick character. You the Humphrey Bogart. You had your opening. You know what I'm saying? She wanted you to stop her from marrying the old dude, but you let it ride, you know? Same thing Bogey did, man. You're the same dude.
Dre: Man, don't be dissin' Humphrey Bogart, man.
Chris: Why not?
Dre: 'Cause he's Humphrey Bogart. He's the man. Yo, he was fightin' a war. That's what they did back then.
Chris: You know what he needed to do back then? He needed...
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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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Soundtracks

Make You Feel That Way
Written by Chief Xcel, Duncan and Gift of Gab
Performed by Blackalicious
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I first fell in love w/ hip hop..........
30 October 2002 | by LARRYLOVE711See all my reviews

..........when I heard Spoonie G's Love Rap & Spoonin' Rap. Hip hop was ingrained into me and many native new yorkers just like the movie portrayed it. The movie speaks to my heart, in that hip hop has been romanticized on the big screen....finally!

Sanaa was great, DIggs was great, Mos Def and La were both off the hook. The essence of hip hop was put up on the screen in this movie, so if you didn't know before, you've seen it now.

I went to high school with Slick Rick, Dana Dane and the whole Kangol Crew (Al Sneed, Lance Brown and Omega the Heartbreaker to sum them up) and know them personally. The opening sequence in the park with the three aforementioned rappers doing their thing brought tears to my eyes......that was the purity of hip hop, before millions could be made....these cats were street celebrities that you could reach out and touch at anytime.

The simple fact that the movie is saturated in hip hop culture is enough of a remark for anyone who is in LOVE with hip hop.

ANyone who slammed this movie as dumb or stupid is quite simply cuturally stagnant...you just don't understand.

As far as comments go about the movie's shortcomings.....please, spare me the high-minded movie speak. If you didn't live it, you can't say what is and isn't believable. I KNOW these characters in many different people that I deal with....the director and writers GOT it.

It's like that, y'all!!


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