Jamie Kennedy's favorite movie review site
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 

Overall Rating

Worth A Look: 9.09%
Just Average: 36.36%
Pretty Crappy: 0%
Sucks: 4.55%

2 reviews, 10 user ratings

Latest Reviews

Great Battle, The by Jay Seaver

True Fiction by Jay Seaver

Pick of the Litter by Jay Seaver

Fahrenheit 11/9 by Peter Sobczynski

House With A Clock In Its Walls, The by Peter Sobczynski

Life Itself (2018) by Peter Sobczynski

Unity of Heroes by Jay Seaver

Hanagatami by Jay Seaver

Predator, The by Jay Seaver

Fahrenheit 11/9 by Rob Gonsalves

subscribe to this feed

Brown Sugar
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by EricDSnider

"Very average and ordinary, except for having an African-American cast."
3 stars

"Brown Sugar" is one of those romantic comedies where two people who obviously belong together are kept apart for most of the running time before they finally realize what has been obvious to the rest of us from the beginning.

It is unfair to criticize such a film for being predictable, therefore, for surprises are not endemic to the genre. A more appropriate criterion is: While waiting for the inevitable conclusion, are we charmed, entertained or amused by what happens in the meantime?

In the case of "Brown Sugar," the answer is no. This is cookie-cutter stuff, noteworthy for having an African-American cast -- black romantic comedies are still rare -- but for little else. Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan are suave, but they're no, say, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Lathan plays Sidney, a music-magazine editor whose best friend Dre (Diggs) is a hip-hop record producer. Hip-hop has been their common theme since childhood; Sidney, in narration, uses her love for the music as a metaphor for her love for Dre. (The film begins with an interminable montage of real music stars talking about their love affair with hip-hop.)

Dre is about to marry the lovely Reese (Nicole Ari Parker) when Sidney almost confesses her love. It is obvious they're right for each other: At Reese's bridal shower, Sidney knows all the answers in the Dre trivia game. The wedding occurs, much to the consternation of Sidney's no-nonsense girlfriend Francine (Queen Latifah, breathing some much-needed fresh air into the film), and then Sidney takes up with the hunky Kelby (Boris Kodjoe), even as she and Dre continue to share everything like the best friends they are.

Instead of nestling into the groove of a time-honored formula, I found myself wishing they would just get on with it. I knew where this was going, and the scenery along the way was pretty bland.

Part of the problem is that Dre and Sidney are too slick, so cool they're cold. You admire them as people, but their aloofness doesn't invite warmth or compassion.

The director and co-writer (with Michael Elliot) is Rick Famuyiwa, whose "The Wood" (1999) inspired similar feelings of indifference. I love the idea of an African-American urban romantic comedy, but being black does not automatically make the characters interesting or the story original.

link directly to this review at http://www.hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=6194&reviewer=247
originally posted: 06/30/03 03:57:20
[printer] printer-friendly format  

User Comments

4/17/10 Hayward Vereen Method Man wasn't the rapper in this movie, it was Mos Def. 3 stars
1/29/05 gina rabsatt this is about me however it ends differently LOVED IT 5 stars
4/10/04 Dova Great 5 stars
1/22/04 Betty White A very pleasant surprise; Diggs & Lathan have great chemistry. 5 stars
1/15/04 abimbola oluyitan the film talks about 'power of relationship & sense of belonging' i love it 5 stars
11/04/03 nicole great 4 stars
7/01/03 steve48 It was kind of like watching a long Afro-Sheen, commercial. 1 stars
3/18/03 natasha_theobald great backdrop with an average romance 3 stars
3/08/03 Nicole Pretty good. Like reviewer says, it is nice to see a movie about this topic w/out violence 4 stars
11/21/02 kristina nelson loved the movie reminded me of a book/daily excitement/ I was like dang this movie is so cl 5 stars
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:

Discuss this movie in our forum

  11-Oct-2002 (PG-13)



Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Privacy Policy | | HBS Inc. |   
All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast