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My Brother (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 March 2007 (USA)
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"My Brother" is an inner city story of two impoverished boys, Isaiah and James. James is developmentally disabled. Their mother, L'Tisha, finds herself in a tragic situation. Dying of ... See full summary »

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Anthony Lover

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Anthony Lover
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Williams ... L'Tisha Morton
Tatum O'Neal ... Erica Walters
Nashawn Kearse ... Isaiah Morton
Christopher Scott ... James Morton
Rodney Henry Rodney Henry ... Young Isaiah Morton (as Rodney Henry Jr.)
Donovan Jennings Donovan Jennings ... Young James Morton
Fredro Starr ... Pharaoh
Talent Harris ... Joey - Comedy Store (as MC 'Talent' James Harris)
Eric Michael Gillett ... Adoption Administrator
Michael Luggio Michael Luggio ... Mr. Vincent
Brian Delate ... Mr. Roland
Basil Pologianis ... Amir
Nasser Metcalfe ... Fazul
Danny Johnson ... Reverend Franklin
Roger Shamas Roger Shamas ... Rasime
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"My Brother" is an inner city story of two impoverished boys, Isaiah and James. James is developmentally disabled. Their mother, L'Tisha, finds herself in a tragic situation. Dying of tuberculosis, she desperately tries to get her two boys, eight and eleven at the time, adopted together. Finding that only Isaiah can be adopted. L'Tisha makes the only choice she feels she can make; creating an unbreakable bond of love between the boys, and hoping that bond will get them through life. Her prayers are answered as the boys overcome impossible odds on their way to adulthood, staying as close as ever as young men dealing with life's obstacles. Written by Lowkeyelv

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Two Brothers, One Soul

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images and language | See all certifications »
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Paul Newman helped Dexter Darden get his start in the film industry, making this his debut film. Paul Newman first met Dexter Darden at The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp in Ashford CT. Dexter was a camper at The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, a camp that Paul Newman created. The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp is a camp for kids with life threatening diseases. See more »

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Featured in Two Special Brothers (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

After You're Gone
Written by Henry Creamer (as H. Creamer) and Turner Layton (as T. Layton)
Performed by Evan Palazzo
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touching tale, if just a bit rough around the edges
21 July 2007 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Isaiah Morton is a not-very-promising, aspiring standup comic who lives in Brooklyn with his developmentally disabled brother, James, whom he has been taking care of ever since the death of their mother a number of years back. Even though he is totally devoted to his younger sibling, Isaiah has recently come to resent the burden James places on his life. Desperate for money, Isaiah foolishly agrees to pull a job for a local gangster, an act that sets into motion a series of events that may well spell the end for both Isaiah and his brother.

With its somewhat meandering narrative structure, "My Brother," written and directed by Anthony Lover, may not always feel as fully formed or thought-out as we would like our movies to be, but its heart is definitely in the right place and it does an effective job exploring the complications and complexities inherent in human relationships. In fact, it may well be this LACK of sophistication and slickness that makes the movie feel less contrived and more convincing in the long run. For instance, Isaiah's brief flirtation with a white woman he meets at a party is intriguing precisely because it doesn't in any way enhance the story or advance the plot. It simply feels like a scene ripped from his life, a nice piece of reality tossed into the mix to make the movie more authentic.

Moreover, there are earnest, heartfelt performances by Nashawn Kearse ("Desperate Housewives"), Vanessa Williams, Christopher Scott, Rodney Henry, Donovan Jennings and even Oscar-winner Tatum O'Neal in key roles.

The best scenes are those set in the past, in which a terminally ill single mother (the lovely Williams) struggles against tremendous odds to instill character and values into her two young boys, values they will desperately need if they are to survive and thrive in a world marked by poverty, racism and prejudice. The movie does veer towards the sentimental at times, but it earns its emotions honestly and forthrightly. And even though the crime drama scenes may not always be entirely convincing, it is as a family drama and a tale of total unconditional love that "My Brother" ultimately touches the heart.

Incidentally, as a companion piece to this film, check out "Two Brothers," a documentary that focuses on Scott and Jennings, both young actors with Down Syndrome, and their very powerful work in "My Brother."


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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,613, 18 March 2007

Gross USA:

$65,797

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$235,177
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