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The Brothers

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Director: Gary Hardwick

Cast: Gary Hardwick, Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy

     
 

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Four successful men find themselves easing into long-term relationships, but they're not all that comfortable about it, in this intelligent comedy-drama. Terry (Shemar Moore), Jackson (Morris Chestnut), Brian (Bill Bellamy), and Derrick (D.L. Hughley) are four close friends who get together once a week to play basketball and compare notes on their problems with women.

Overview

Four successful men find themselves easing into long-term relationships, but they're not all that comfortable about it, in this intelligent comedy-drama. Terry (Shemar Moore), Jackson (Morris Chestnut), Brian (Bill Bellamy), and Derrick (D.L. Hughley) are four close friends who get together once a week to play basketball and compare notes on their problems with women. And as it turns out, they have a lot to say in that area. Terry has just gotten engaged to BeBe (Susan Dalian), who is more than a bit controlling. Jackson has a deep fear of commitment, symbolized by a recurring dream in which he's attacked by women wearing wedding gowns; what's more, he's started seeing Denise (Gabrielle Union), who he learns once had a fling with his dad (Clifton Powell). Brian is a lawyer who has discovered his next court date will see him pleading a case in front of a judge who used to be his girlfriend (Angelle Brooks). And Derrick's marriage to Sheila (Tamala Jones) is falling apart at the seams. The Brothers also features one-time Jeffersons regular Marla Gibbs, and Jennifer Lewis as Jackson's mother, who may be giving his father a second chance after many years apart.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An unusually promising first effort from writer-director Gary Hardwick, The Brothers deals with personal and professional challenges faced by today’s upwardly mobile African-Americans, but does so with warmth and humor. Hardwick’s protagonists are young urban professionals climbing the ladder of success in the white man's world -- showering themselves with fine clothes, fast cars, and trophy girlfriends both white and black--while disdaining emotional commitments that might slow their ascent. Pediatrician Morris Chestnut, businessman Shamar Moore, lawyer Bill Bellamy, and teacher D. L. Hughley consider themselves "the cream of the crop," and all but married Hughley are fiercely determined to retain bachelor status. That is, until Moore announces his engagement and Chestnut becomes intimately involved with photographer Gabrielle Union. Hardwick’s characters are solidly middle- and upper-middle class in attitude and aspiration, although they seem unable to totally abandon the old ‘hood. The reluctance of successful young black men to commit is depicted as common and understandable, a stance with which some female viewers might disagree. But Hardwick handles the premise with refreshing honesty, making The Brothers far more engaging than most films of this type. He provides a commentary for the DVD, which also includes exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and music videos of songs used on the film’s soundtrack.
All Movie Guide
The Brothers is an amiable but forgettable entry in a genre that's become increasingly fertile at the turn of the millennium: the African-American relationship dramedy. Charting territory familiar to those who have seen The Wood, The Best Man, and Love Jones -- movies concerning the commitment jitters -- The Brothers benefits from a script punched up by funny cultural references that work seamlessly into the dialogue, but not quite enough to distinguish it. Writer/director Gary Hardwick tries to balance out the misogyny that creeps into the foursome's complaints about their women and women in general, but he doesn't totally accomplish the mission. Many of their women have power that they abuse, be it judicial prerogative, self-defense skills, or a firing-range handgun. While they come across as psychos and stalkers, the men sit back in their sarcastic victimhood and comment on the foibles of the fairer sex. Still, most of the characters ultimately get a fair shake, and Hardwick does a reasonable job fleshing out nearly a dozen of them. He's weaker at keeping track of the ambitious number of subplots. For example, an emotional impasse between the character played by Bill Belamy and his mother is forgotten for over an hour of the film, returning just in time for a hasty resolution. Judged as just popular entertainment, The Brothers does justice to its genre and should hit on enough truths to please its target audience.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
Digs more vibrantly into issues of trust, fear, pleasure, commitment, and camaraderie than any Hollywood feature in recent memory.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
UPC:
0043396063945
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Director commentary, Deleted scenes, Featurette, Music video, Trailers, Scene Selection, Filmographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Angelle Brooks Judge Carla Williams

Technical Credits
Gary Hardwick Director,Screenwriter
Amy B. Ancona Production Designer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Reuben Cannon Casting
Paddy Cullen Producer
Jason George Sound/Sound Designer
Austin Gorg Art Director
Alexander Gruszynski Cinematographer
Debrae Little Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug McHenry Executive Producer
Doug McHenry Executive Producer
Marcus Miller Score Composer
Darin Scott Producer
Donald Sparks Asst. Director
Melodee Sutton Musical Direction/Supervision
Earl Watson Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:50]
2. The Brothers [3:56]
3. "We're getting married" [3:05]
4. Denise [1:31]
5. A woman with skill [1:24]
6. Banana gag [4:00]
7. Jesse [1:10]
8. First date [2:52]
9. The Smith family [4:14]
10. Brian's family [4:09]
11. Too old for a hug [2:10]
12. Derrick visits Mama [2:16]
13. Here comes the judge [3:37]
14. Serious lovemaking time [3:08]
15. Confessing his love [2:10]
16. BeBe's shower [4:28]
17. Terry's bachelor party [6:48]
18. "I heard the message" [6:01]
19. Dolled up for Fred [4:19]
20. Post-game rap [3:05]
21. Just like his dad [3:13]
22. Three's a crowd [2:17]
23. Separation agreement [:32]
24. Cold feet [1:42]
25. Revelations [4:15]
26. "I was wrong" [2:39]
27. BeBe goes ballistic [5:48]
28. Reconciliations [10:16]

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The Brothers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie about Love, Sex & Commitment is the movie of the summer for both Brothers & Sisters to see. It makes you stop and review your marriage or relationship in a new way. And Ladies you have got to see Mr. Morris Chestnut do his THANG!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie show all of man weakness. And it is very intersting how man are afraid of commitment. This movie show man that it's not as bad as it seem. And Morris Chestnut know his fine. So go watch it if you haven't seen it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Brothers is great! It's a great movie to watch w/ your boyfriend or girlfriend. I would know from prior experience. Jackson and Denise's story is my life exactly! I think that's why i enjoyed the movie so much. It's definitely a great movie for those who are into the ''hood'' type movies, If you know what I mean. Get the soundtrack too!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie THE BROTHERS is excellent. Morris Chestnut is very good looking in it along with the other 3 headlining male characters. I also think that Gabrielle Union does a spectacular part of playing Denise and I would Love to see a sequel (if possible).