Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar

4.4 10
Director: Rick Famuyiwa

Cast: Rick Famuyiwa, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def

     
 

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Brown Sugar utilizes an impressive 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer that is virtually free of defects. The bright colors spring nicely from the screen, and little grain appears during the darker shots. The reverse side offers the pan-and-scan, 1.33:1 full-frame format. An impressive collection of hip-hop tunes dominates this soundtrack, and it boomsSee more details below

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Brown Sugar utilizes an impressive 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer that is virtually free of defects. The bright colors spring nicely from the screen, and little grain appears during the darker shots. The reverse side offers the pan-and-scan, 1.33:1 full-frame format. An impressive collection of hip-hop tunes dominates this soundtrack, and it booms powerfully from an effective 5.1 Channel Dolby Digital transfer. The sounds move well across the field and offer decent complexity. The disc also includes a decent number of supplements spread across both sides of the disc. The most significant one is a commentary from co-writer/director Rick Famuyiwa and editor Dirk Westervelt. Famuyiwa has a relaxed form of delivery that sometimes becomes dull, but he does provide some interesting statements. The other major extra features are four deleted scenes, which cover about six minutes and were mostly removed for pace issues, and two music videos. They are both excellent tracks -- "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)" from Erykah Badu, featuring Common, and Mos Def's "Brown Sugar," featuring Faith Evans. The remaining supplements include a brief soundtrack spot and preview trailers, which offer widescreen transfers and decent stereo soundtracks.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
This charming but predictable romantic comedy is a pleasant viewing experience that doesn't offer much passion or excitement. Perhaps this is because the more-than-just-a-friendship between Dre Taye Diggs and Sidney Sanaa Lathan doesn't seem to be based on much more than a mutual love of rap music. Diggs and Lathan are both likeable and attractive actors, but they don't really heat up the screen in this particular film; Sidney and Dre have some chemistry as friends but there isn't enough of a spark between them or much depth to their relationship. Also, there isn't much dramatic tension in the story, which seems to be based on characters taking a long time to figure out obvious points. The people who made this film do seem to genuinely appreciate hip-hop; the characters drop the right names and the movie includes an impressive list of cameos by noteworthy musicians, as well as supporting performances by rappers Queen Latifah (who is appealing but underutilized) and Mos Def (whose quirky but affable presence is the highlight of the movie). Also, the subplot about the Hip-Hop Dalmations, an aspiring rap duo with a ridiculous gimmick, is rather amusing. Other than that, however, the film doesn't have a distinctly hip-hop sensibility; it could just as easily have been about quiet storm or jazz or another style of music. Overall this is an agreeable movie but nothing out of the ordinary.
Washington Post
You don't have to know about music to appreciate the film's easygoing blend of comedy and romance.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
A romantic comedy, yes, but one with characters who think and talk about their goals, and are working on hard decisions.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
UPC:
0024543065494
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
10,182

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by director Rick Famuyiwa and film editor Dirk Westervelt; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Music videos: "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)" by Erykah Badu featuring Common and "Brown Sugar (Extra Sweet)" by Mos Def featuring Faith Evans; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Taye Diggs Dre
Sanaa Lathan Sidney
Mos Def Chris
Nicole Ari Parker Reese
Boris Kodjoe Kelby
Queen Latifah Francine
Erik Weiner Ren
Reggi Wyns Ten
Wendell Pierce Simon
Ralph Tresvant Royale

Technical Credits
Rick Famuyiwa Director,Screenwriter
Enrique Chediak Cinematographer
Barry Cole Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Covert Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Elliot Screenwriter
Alexa L. Fogel Casting
Peter Heller Producer
Trish Hofmann Co-producer
Roberta J. Holinko Set Decoration/Design
Robert Hurst Score Composer
Kalina Ivanov Production Designer
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Executive Producer
Darryle Johnson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jono Oliver Asst. Director
William Sarokin Sound/Sound Designer
David Stein Art Director
Dirk Westervelt Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles
2. A Hip-Hop History
3. The New Editor
4. Dre and Reese
5. The Wedding Shower
6. Brown Sugar
7. Going Out
8. Artistic Differences
9. The Wedding
10. Kelby Dawson's Interview
11. Making a Change
12. The Feeling Is Gone
13. A Date With Kelby
14. The Real Deal
15. New Year's Eve
16. Nothing in Common
17. True Love
18. Backsliding
19. On the Radio
20. End Titles
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Main Titles
2. A Hip-Hop History
3. The New Editor
4. Dre and Reese
5. The Wedding Shower
6. Brown Sugar
7. Going Out
8. Artistic Differences
9. The Wedding
10. Helby Dawson's Interview
11. Making a Change
12. The Feeling Is Gone
13. A Date With Kelby
14. The Real Deal
15. New Year's Eve
16. Nothing in Common
17. True Love
18. Backsliding
19. On the Radio
20. End Titles

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