Wood

The Wood

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Director: Rick Famuyiwa

Cast: Omar Epps, Sean Nelson, Taye Diggs

     
 

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A man who's uncertain about the biggest step forward of his life steps back to take a look at his younger days in this comedy/drama. Roland (Taye Diggs) is a few hours away from getting married, and he is starting to have second thoughts; as much as he loves his fiancée, he can't stop thinking about Tanya (Tamala Jones), his first serious girlfriend in high school.

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A man who's uncertain about the biggest step forward of his life steps back to take a look at his younger days in this comedy/drama. Roland (Taye Diggs) is a few hours away from getting married, and he is starting to have second thoughts; as much as he loves his fiancée, he can't stop thinking about Tanya (Tamala Jones), his first serious girlfriend in high school. Roland is hanging out with his two best friends, whom he also first met in school, Mike (Omar Epps), a solid regular guy, and Slim (Richard T. Jones), a flashy personality who plays pro basketball in Europe. They talk about the old days and flash back on growing up in Inglewood, California (nicknamed "The Wood") in the 1980's, when Run DMC and Eric B & Rakim were the happening sounds, and guys used to argue over who was hotter, Vanity or Apollonia. At the last minute, Roland takes off, wanting to pay Tanya a visit, and Mike and Slim are determined to track him down and make sure that he gets to the altar on time. The Wood was the debut feature film for writer/director Rick Famuyiwa, whose first short subject, Blacktop Lingo, won an enthusiastic response at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.

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The Wood is a comedy divided into two ill-fitting halves: the good one, which takes place in the nostalgic 1980s and features unknown actors, and the bad one, a modern-day wedding disaster in which three rising stars show lackluster chemistry. The good one, however, is reason enough to recommend the movie. With Sean Nelson, the talented young actor who carried Fresh (1994), setting the pace, the flashback trio display an effortless joshing camaraderie, just one of the details of an Inglewood that seems charmed through the selective lens of memory. Here The Wood smartly tweaks the familiar agendas and archetypes of 'hood movies: The threatening gang-banger is wise and forgiving, and the cops, usually portrayed as racial profilers, are black. Even when the plot details are a little scattershot, the tone sees them through. The present tense, however, is another matter. Not only don't Omar Epps, Taye Diggs, and Richard T. Jones work well together, offering different characterizations and group dynamics, but director/screenwriter Rick Fumiyawa makes a crucial error by shifting the movie's perspective. While the flashback is told through the eyes of Mike (Nelson/Epps), it's Diggs' relatively unfamiliar Roland who's getting married, leading to narrative inconsistency and thematic confusion. Given the weak link between the flashbacks and the present, and Fumiyawa's evident preference for re-creating another era, The Wood would have been smarter to live in the past.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2007
UPC:
0097361223445
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Rick Famuyiwa and actors Taye Diggs and Richard T. Jones; Making the Wood; Theatrical trailer; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Omar Epps Mike
Sean Nelson Young Mike
Taye Diggs Roland
Trent Cameron Young Roland
Richard T. Jones Slim
Duane Finley Young Slim
Malinda Williams Young Alicia
De'Aundre Bonds Stacey
Cynthia Martells Mike's Mother
Sanaa Lathan Alicia
LisaRaye Lisa
Tamala Jones Tanya
Christina Milian Girl at Dance

Technical Credits
Rick Famuyiwa Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Walter P. Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Albert Berger Producer
Steven Bernstein Cinematographer
Todd Boyd Associate Producer,Original Story
John Carter Editor
Douglas Curtis Co-producer
Mali Finn Casting
Roger Fortune Production Designer
David Gale Producer
David Gale Producer
Richard Haase Art Director
F. Beauchamp Hebb Set Decoration/Design
Robert Hurst Songwriter
Darryle Johnson Costumes/Costume Designer
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Pilar McCurry Musical Direction/Supervision
Emily Schweber Casting
Momita Sengupta Associate Producer
Maxine Shepard Production Designer
David Smith Set Decoration/Design
Van Toffler Executive Producer
Don Wilkerson Asst. Director
Ron Yerxa Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Wood
1. Way Back When [:20]
2. New Kid in Town [:16]
3. Alicia [4:49]
4. Drunk Punk [:30]
5. Booty Grab [2:25]
6. Dance Fever [2:41]
7. Tic Tacs [1:39]
8. Big Mike [3:03]
9. Party of All Parties [4:33]
10. Clean Up - Hose Down [2:07]
11. The Bet [5:27]
12. Man and Wife [1:01]
13. "To the Wood" [5:21]

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