The Brothers (2001)

The Brothers (2001)

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Critic Consensus: Often seen as a Waiting to Exhale with men, The Brothers is amiable. However, it feels superficial and somewhat of a retread.

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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. 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.
Rating:
R (for strong sexual content and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Romance
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Written By:
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Box Office:
$26,553,854.00
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Cast

Morris Chestnut
as Jackson smith
Clifton Powell
as Fred Smith
Vanessa Bell Calloway
as Dr. Thelma Woolridge
Gabrielle Union
as Denise Johnson
Marla Gibbs
as Mary West
Jenifer Lewis
as Louise Smith
D.L. Hughley
as Derrick West
Shemar Moore
as Terry White
Bill Bellamy
as Brian Palmer
Julie Benz
as Jesse Caldwell
Darin Scott
as Derrick's Attorney
Tatyana Ali
as Chere Smith
Susan Dalian
as BeBe Fales
Kimberly Scott
as Redena's Mom
Tamala Jones
as Sheila West
Tanya Wright
as Lamuzindah
Angelle Brooks
as Judge Carla Williams
Kim Porter
as Sandra the Temp
Nayo Wallace
as Red the Stripper
Redena Bivens
as Spurned Woman
Henry Kinsi Jr.
as Ceyno the multi-ethnic lover
Roland Lewis
as Steve on the Strip
Nikki Thompson
as Female Baliff
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Critic Reviews for The Brothers

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (25)

A lively, affectionate and well-acted romantic comedy.

Full Review… | March 23, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

A politically incorrect but often hilarious jam session.

Full Review… | March 23, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Airless and oddly fatiguing.

Full Review… | March 23, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's easier to laugh with the movie than take it seriously.

Full Review… | March 23, 2001
USA Today
Top Critic

Like candy, this male answer to the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale is sweet, pleasing and goes down easy -- but it's not very filling. Still, it's tasty while it lasts.

March 23, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

If The Brothers falls far short of its prototype, Waiting to Exhale, it still conveys a warm-blooded affection for its characters.

March 23, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Brothers

½

I don't think you'll see movies like this anymore--a film about black brotherhood and the trials of their lives (especially love lives). The market so far is flooded with "he ain't no good" films by Tyler Perry (and sometimes diamond in the rough films) or gangster films full of violence and an absence of positive black female characters. This film was like a black male version of the Sex and the City, obviously made for female viewers. It was entertaining and endearing during its time though feels dated watching it now. If it came on television again years later, I can't say I wouldn't sit down for a dose of nostalgia though.

Remi Logan
Remi Logan

Super Reviewer

Even though the story line isn't a new one, I think the perspective has a bit of a twist from the 'norm'. Love Gabrielle Union and Shemar Moore...I think this may be one of my new favorites :)

Robyn Hennig
Robyn Hennig

Not too bad!

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

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