Brother to Brother (2004)
Critic Consensus: Led by two fine lead performances, Brother to Brother is a moving and thought-provoking dramatization of the Harlem Renaissance.
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Critic Reviews for Brother to Brother
Takes on a plethora of phobias. Homophobia, racial prejudice and age discrimination are among its targets, and it hits them squarely and fairly.
A very good drama about the difficulties of being young, black, and gay. With a bigger budget and a sharper focus, it might have been a great one.
Ambitious but clumsy, it's a movie to appreciate rather than to be engaged by.
Audience Reviews for Brother to Brother
A friend's recommendation reminded me that I saw this stunning documentary-style-film on PBS's Independent Lens.
The literary world of the Harlem Renaissance is more central to this than homosexuality amongst African American men (see Paris is Burning for the best film on that topic). It's admirable unabashed reality and as result, quite depressing at moments with an overall tone of bittersweetness.
I think this is a very important film for young artists, especially writers, to see.
I liked seeing Anthony M in this..so cute! And it was an informative movie about gays at one time in Harlem and Anthony Mackie's character was very interesting. Worth watching at least once.
One of the reasons I like this movie so much was the way Anthony Mackie chose to portray his character, Perry; very honestly and without going over the top like so many straight actors do in gay roles. It's hard to find something about this movie not to compliment, but I really liked Roger Robinson as Bruce, Alex Burns as Jim and Duane Boutte as young Bruce. And despite its much deeper and more significant message there's much eye candy here, too, in Mackie, Burns and the stunningly gorgeous Duane Boutte.
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