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My Brother (2006)

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An aspiring stand-up comic realizes precisely how precious the developmentally disabled brother he so frequently took for granted truly is in writer/director Anthony Lover's sensitive family drama. Poetically told by his terminally ill mother L'Tisha Morton (Vanessa Williams) that he and his developmentally disabled brother James (Christopher Scott) share a single soul despite having separate bodies, resentful thirty year-old Isaiah (Nashawn Kearse) longs to explore his stifled independence by testing his meddle on the comedy club circuit. When his dreams go up in smoke, Isaiah falls back on a courier job - initially assigned the task of delivering a mysterious package for an intimidating gang of Middle Eastern thugs. Later, when the package goes missing, the goons who hired Isaiah arrive at his apartment to rough up the frightened courier and his unsuspecting sibling. It's only then, when faced with the prospect of their own mortality, that Isaiah truly begins to comprehend the true depth of his brotherly bond with James.

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Cast

Vanessa L. Williams
as L'Tisha Morton
Nashawn Kearse
as Isaiah Morton
Christopher Scott
as James Morton
Rodney Henry Jr.
as Isaiah Morton (Age 10)
Fredro Starr
as Pharaoh
Rodney Henry
as Young Isaiah
Donovan Jennings
as Young James
Brian Delate
as Mr. Roland
Ridwan Adhami
as Burger King Employee
Eric H. Alexander
as Hip-Hop Comic
David Basch
as Salvation Army Santa
Anthony Caso
as Draper's Security Guard
Bern Cohen
as Harvey Mitnick
Greg D'Agostino
as Amusement Park Operator
Len Fero
as Louie
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Critic Reviews for My Brother

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

A moralistic black drama that makes its points with a heavy hand and unconvincing story developments.

March 24, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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A young man takes an awfully long time to discover what the audience already knows -- that his disabled brother is the most precious thing in his life -- in My Brother.

March 20, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
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Its earnest tone, moving orchestral score and strong cast carry it past the rough patches.

March 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
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My Brother is a brave little film, with the emphasis on little. Shot on a shoestring, it lacks the polish of many indie efforts but compensates with bold casting and a big heart.

March 16, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Houston Chronicle
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My Brother is brimming with would-be life lessons. But the movie goes in so many directions, and follows through on so few of them, that all it transmits is a vague glow. It's watered-down chicken soup for the soul.

March 15, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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What starts as a taut urban crime drama quickly sags into lurid after-school-special sentimentality.

March 15, 2007 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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