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My Brother's Wedding (1984)

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"My Brother's Wedding" is a tragic comedy that takes place in South Central Los Angeles. The story focuses on a young man who hasn't made much of his life as of yet, and at a crucial point in his life, he is unable to make the proper decision, a sober decision, a moral decision. This is a consequence of his not having developed beyond the embryonic stage, socially. He has a distinct romantic notion about life in the ghetto and yet, in spite of his naive sensitivity, he is given the task of being his brother's keeper; he feels rather than sees, and as a consequence his capacity for judging things off in the distance is limited. This brings about circumstances that weave themselves into a set of complexities which Pierce Mundy, the main character, desperately tries to avoid.

Cast

Everett Silas
as Pierce Mundy
Jessie Holmes
as Mrs. Mundy
Ronnie Bell
as Soldier Richards
Dennis Kemper
as Wendell Mundy
Frances E. Nealy
as Sonia's Mother
Sy Richardson
as Sonia's Father
Henry G. Sanders
as Beat-up Man
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Critic Reviews for My Brother's Wedding

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

A tragicomedy of the highest order

March 13, 2010 | Full Review…
CinePassion

Burnett is recognized by some critics as the best filmmaker no one knows.

February 25, 2008 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[Director Charles Burnett] paints a world of complex family dynamics and social relations...

January 23, 2008 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for My Brother's Wedding

In "My Brother's Wedding," Pierce(Everett Silas), when he is not working for his parents'(Jessie Holms and Dennis Kemper) dry cleaning business, takes the time to look in on his grandparents. In the meantime, he is getting reading for his brother Wendell's(Monte Easter) wedding. And then Pierce's friend Solider(Ronnie Bell) gets released from prison. "My Brother's Wedding" depicts a working class African American milieu that is still rarely seen in movies today. Ironically enough, in this world, there is upward mobility and downward mobility(Soldier has a certain outlaw charm and charisma about him) but moving sideways or not at all like Pierce seems expert at is definitely frowned upon. But as insightful as that is, the movie suffers from a fractured narrative that can be frustrating at times.(This review and rating refer to the 2007 director's cut.) Even the ending that desperately tries to bring everything together, can also feel more than a little forced.

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