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The Brothers (2001)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 23 March 2001 (USA)
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Four friends begin to question women and relationships when one of them announces impending nuptials.

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Gary Hardwick

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morris Chestnut ... Jackson Smith
D.L. Hughley ... Derrick West
Bill Bellamy ... Brian Palmer
Shemar Moore ... Terry White
Gabrielle Union ... Denise Johnson
Tatyana Ali ... Cherie Smith
Jenifer Lewis ... Louise Smith
Tamala Jones ... Sheila West
Clifton Powell ... Fred Smith
Susan Dalian ... BeBe Fales
Marla Gibbs ... Mary West
Julie Benz ... Jesse Caldwell
Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Dr. Thelma Woolridge
Angelle Brooks ... Judge Carla Williams
Kimberly Scott ... Redena's Mom
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Storyline

"The Brothers" traces the journey of four African-American men as they take on love, sex, friendship and two of life's most terrifying prospects honesty and commitment. Smart, successful and sexy, Jackson Smith, Brian Palmer, Derrick West and Terry White are "The Brothers" lifelong friends banded together to weather love's innate terrors and occasional triumphs in this brazenly comic yet painfully true exploration of the battle between the sexes. Amidst the career track, basketball and bar hopping, "The Brothers" love women, as many as possible, but shocking revelation tests the foursome's friendship and changes their dating habits forever. Written by Anonymous

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There is nothing like a good woman to make a brother want to be a man. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Columbia TriStar | Sony / Screen Gems | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bracia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,302,846, 25 March 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,457,409, 3 June 2001
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Screen Gems See more »
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, and Tamala Jones starred in the romantic comedy Two Can Play That Game, which was also released in 2001. See more »

Quotes

Brian Palmer: We're Black, single, professional men. We, gentlemen, are the cream of the crop.
Terry White: No, let me break it down for you, man.
[points to Jackson and Derrick]
Terry White: *We* are the cream of the crop. *You* are the black, sticky shit on the bottom of the barrel!
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Connections

References Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) See more »

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I'm Through
Performed by AB
Written by AB, Cassie Bonner, David Kahne
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Funny, Well-Cast, Relatable = A Quality Film
12 April 2010 | by TamPalmSee all my reviews

I can't believe this movie has received a 5.4 on IMDb. Ratings like that make me lose trust in IMDb critics. This movie is NOT a Tyler Perry, low-quality movie and VASTLY deserves a higher rating than a 5.4! Come on now!

When I first saw this movie years ago, I was impressed. As I've caught it recently on the cable movie channels, I realized my first impression was not a fluke. This really IS a quality film. (DISH Network agrees, it gets 3 out of 4 stars on their rating system.) Funny, but not slapstick. Great acting (I have to admit I was surprised at how well the cast did, especially Gabrielle Union who at the time was a newcomer and DL Hughley whose specialty is comedy.) "Real" characters, real dialogue. Good drama. Even some unpredictability. This movie comes across as genuine and broaches the issues of relationships and friendships and even family much more realistically than does say the self-prescribed relationship flick, "Why Did I Get Married?"

Even if I hate to (at the risk of adding to the unfairly low rating of this movie), I have to offer honest criticism so that this critique can have integrity. There were some parts of the storyline that were too manufactured and soap opera-ish (enter the girlfriend who just happened to date the father of the man she's fallen in love with) and other parts that were a little too cheesy for what was otherwise a realistic, relatable expose on relationships (enter the two main characters end up together after the overused "man begs for woman back after woman has 'moved on'). Other parts wrap up a little too neatly as well, as all the characters get their happy ending, most of the conflicted characters come around and miraculously see the light, lol (like the unaffectionate mother of Bellamy's character somehow realizing the err of her ways and *gasp* hugging her son for the first time and professing her love, or Moore's character suddenly wanting to be with the woman he just essentially stood up at the alter again.)

But those knocks on the film are not significant because the film at its essence is a feel-gooder. It's not deep, it doesn't offend, it doesn't make you uncomfortable. It makes you laugh and think a little and smile after it goes off. That's what it sets out to do and the mission was accomplished. You will enjoy your movie-watching experience.

7.5


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