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Brown Sugar (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Though predictable and possibly too sweet, Brown Sugar is charming, well-acted, and smarter than typical rom-com fare.

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A woman wonders if it's just friendship or real love she feels when a close male friend announces he's tying the knot in this romantic comedy. Dre (Taye Diggs) and Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) became best friends when they were ten years old -- the same time that both first became aware of the first rumblings of the Hip Hop revolution in New York City. Today, Dre runs a successful record label, and Sidney is a respected music journalist; both have managed to turn their love for the music into careers, and both are still close friends. Close enough, in fact, that many of their pals wonder why they've never become boyfriend and girlfriend. While both have always denied their attraction to one another, Sidney begins to have second thoughts when Dre proposes to his girlfriend Reese (Nicole Ari Parker), a lawyer. Even though Sidney has a relationship of her own with professional basketball player Kelby (Boris Kodjoe), as Dre's wedding draws closer, Sidney begins to suspect that her longtime best friend is actually the love of her life. Brown Sugar features supporting performances form real life Hip Hop stars Mos Def and Queen Latifah; former basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson served as executive producer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Queen Latifah
as Francine
Common
as Himself
Aaliyyah Hill
as Young Sidney
Venida Evans
as Older Woman
Rosalyn Coleman
as Trish Hofmann
Robin T. Kirksey
as Bartender 1
Dena Atlantic
as Hot 97 Assistant
Gerry Pinzon
as Instructor
Sam McPherson
as Iridium Waiter
Kool G. Rap
as Himself
Wyking Jones
as Bartender
Toks Olagundoye
as Sidney's L.A. Assistant
Opal Alladin
as Crafts Vendor
Dana Dane
as Himself
Slick Rick
as Himself
Beanie Sigel
as Himself
Talib Kweli
as Himself
Hadley Martin Fisher
as Backstage Bartender
Justin Spaulding
as Kid in the Park
Liza Lapira
as Hot 97 Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Brown Sugar

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (30)

It's predictable, but it jumps through the expected hoops with style and even some depth.

October 26, 2002 | Rating: B+
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

You don't have to know about music to appreciate the film's easygoing blend of comedy and romance.

October 11, 2002 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

Makes the sweet case that sincerity strikes the biggest romantic sparks.

October 11, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Lathan and Diggs make an immensely likable couple, and the supporting cast strikes all the right notes.

October 11, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Takes every convention of the romantic comedy genre and turns it on its ear.

October 11, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The movie plays cute more than smart, but it's far from dumb -- and marks yet another baby step forward in the growing sophistication of African-American film.

October 11, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
Newsday
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Brown Sugar

½

Somehow I had never seen this movie before last night and I couldn't believed that I hadn't. It's a very good romantic comedy/drama that will remind you a little of When Harry Met Sally. There is even a scene where Taye Diggs character (Dre) spouts off on the different types of women and which ones are just to date and which ones are to marry, that scene echoes Billy Crystal's similar scene in Harry met Sally. Anyway this film main storyline has childhood friends Dre and Sidney (the gorgeous Sanaa Lathan) flirting around the issue of whether to just remain friends or become something closer. The point becomes moot when Dre ends up marrying hot to trot Reese (played by Nicole Ari Parker, who for once plays the bad girl instead of the usual saint). But Dre and Sidney still are such close friends that he spends more time with her than his own wife which leads to some friction. This being a romantic comedy, you know things will eventually turn out for the better, but getting there is what makes this movie works. A talented cast works wonders including Diggs and Lathan but also Queen Latifah as Sidney's cousin; Mos Def as a singer trying to break into the business, who is helped by Dre; and Parker. But the standout is Sanaa Lathan as Sidney. She manages to make her character seem very real, showing every emotion possible for happiness to sadness and all in between. When she is onscreen, the camera definitely loves her and so will audiences. Did I mention she was drop dead gorgeous. There are only a handful of women or men for that matter that can hold your attention with their acting ability and looks at the same time. I would put Ms Lathan up there with the legendary Elizabeth Taylor in her prime. So I highly recommend this movie, great for couples, great for romance lovers, great for film lovers in general. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dre: It's when you talk like that, that's what makes me think that you're jealous. Sidney 'Syd' Shaw: What? Dre: Yes. Jealous! Sidney 'Syd' Shaw: [throws a cookie on the table] No wonder you two are married, you're both crazy! Look here, contrary to what you and your wife may think, I don't spend my nights thinkin' about you, okay? Dre: Shh! Lower the voice. Sidney 'Syd' Shaw: I got a man who's fine, intelligent, successful, and gives it to me on a very, very regular basis and the s**t is the bomb! Dre: So! I don't care what - Sidney 'Syd' Shaw: Dre I need you to be happy for me. I need you to be there for me, just like you asked of me. So - so I can have tea and eat cucumber sandwiches with the crust cut off!

monty hawes
monty hawes

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½

A great movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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