Brown Sugar (DVD)

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Rick Famuyiwa breathes a refreshing burst of air into the romantic comedy genre with BROWN SUGAR, a film that is as much a tribute to hip-hop as it is a celebration of friendship and love. Dre (Taye Diggs) and Sidney (Sanaa Lathan), best friends since elementary school, have been in love with rap music since they can remember. It has even carried through into their adult lives. Dre is making a successful living as a record executive, while Sidney has just taken over as editor-in-chief at one of the hip-hop community's most popular magazines. Somehow, romance has never been an issue between the two, until they both find new loves of their own--for Dre, it's the beautiful Reese (Nicole Ari Parker), for Sidney, it's basketball star Kelby (Boris Kodjoe). Disillusioned with the lackluster music that his label continually puts out, Dre decides to branch out on his own. Sidney gives him a loan to support his bold new venture, but it is this unflinching support that eventually begins to grate on Reese and Kelby, forcing Dre and Sidney to confront their true feelings. Famuyiwa's crowd-pleasing film is boosted by Mos Def and Queen Latifah's hysterical supporting performances.

Product Details

Barcode
6003805029669
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Jul 2003
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Romance
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
20th Century Fox
Runtime
105 min
Age Restriction
PG L
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Brown Sugar
Release Year
2002
Running Time
109 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / African American Cinema / African American Culture / African Americans / Music / New York City / Romance / Theatrical Release
US Box Office
$27.4 million
Ratings
IMDb
6.5
Rotten Tomatoes®
66% 90%
Metacritic
58
Synopsis
Rick Famuyiwa breathes a refreshing burst of air into the romantic comedy genre with BROWN SUGAR, a film that is as much a tribute to hip-hop as it is a celebration of friendship and love. Dre (Taye Diggs) and Sidney (Sanaa Lathan), best friends since elementary school, have been in love with rap music since they can remember. It has even carried through into their adult lives. Dre is making a successful living as a record executive, while Sidney has just taken over as editor-in-chief at one of the hip-hop community's most popular magazines. Somehow, romance has never been an issue between the two, until they both find new loves of their own--for Dre, it's the beautiful Reese (Nicole Ari Parker), for Sidney, it's basketball star Kelby (Boris Kodjoe). Disillusioned with the lackluster music that his label continually puts out, Dre decides to branch out on his own. Sidney gives him a loan to support his bold new venture, but it is this unflinching support that eventually begins to grate on Reese and Kelby, forcing Dre and Sidney to confront their true feelings. Famuyiwa's crowd-pleasing film is boosted by Mos Def and Queen Latifah's hysterical supporting performances.
Poster
Poster for Brown Sugar
Cast & Crew
Director
Rick Famuyiwa
Star
Mos Def / Taye Diggs / Boris Kodjoe / Sanaa Lathan / Queen Latifah / Method Man / Nicole Ari Parker
Screenwriter
Michael Elliott / Rick Famuyiwa
Executive Producer
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Producer
Peter Heller
Director of Photography
Enrique Chediak
Costume Designer
Darryle Johnson
Cameo
Dana Dane / Doug E. Fresh / Kool G. Rap / Slick Rick / Russell Simmons
Music
Robert Hurst
Featured
Black Thought / De La Soul / Method Man / Kool G. Rap
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...[A] surprisingly thoughtful and well-handled romance..."
Rachel Deahl (1 Oct 2002, p.58)
Chicago Sun-Times
"...A romantic comedy, yes, but one with characters who think and talk about their goals, and are working hard on decisions....It's observant..."
Roger Ebert (11 Oct 2002, p.35)
Entertainment Weekly
"...A film whose tough choices and bittersweet ending keep it real..."
Jennifer Armstrong (14 Feb 2003, p.61)
Los Angeles Times
"...A sly and sophisticated romantic comedy with a depth of characterization matched by its appreciation of the world of hip-hop..."
Kevin Thomas (11 Oct 2002, p.C6)
New York Times
"...[The film] sustains the charm of an early 60's New York romance..."
Dave Kehr (11 Oct 2002, p.E26)
Variety
"...Sufficiently smooth, sexy and tuneful....Parker and Kodjoe sizzle..."
Todd McCarthy (7 Oct 2002, p.23-4)