The Wood (1999)



Critic Consensus: A charming piece of work with believable characters.

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A man who's uncertain about the biggest step forward of his life steps back to take a look at his younger days in this comedy/drama. Roland (Taye Diggs) is a few hours away from getting married, and he is starting to have second thoughts; as much as he loves his fiancée, he can't stop thinking about Tanya (Tamala Jones), his first serious girlfriend in high school. Roland is hanging out with his two best friends, whom he also first met in school, Mike (Omar Epps), a solid regular guy, and Slim (Richard T. Jones), a flashy personality who plays pro basketball in Europe. They talk about the old days and flash back on growing up in Inglewood, California (nicknamed "The Wood") in the 1980's, when Run DMC and Eric B & Rakim were the happening sounds, and guys used to argue over who was hotter, Vanity or Apollonia. At the last minute, Roland takes off, wanting to pay Tanya a visit, and Mike and Slim are determined to track him down and make sure that he gets to the altar on time. The Wood was the debut feature film for writer/director Rick Famuyiwa, whose first short subject, Blacktop Lingo, won an enthusiastic response at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.
R (for strong language and some strong sexuality)
Comedy , Drama
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Omar Epps
as Mike
Sean Nelson
as Young Mike
Taye Diggs
as Roland
Trent Cameron
as Young Roland
Duane Finley
as Young Slim
Malinda Williams
as Young Alicia
Cynthia Martells
as Mike's Mother
Elayn Taylor
as Roland's Mother
Patricia Belcher
as Mrs. Hughes
Wyking Jones
as Cashier in Mini Mart
Sanaa Lathan
as Alicia
Geoffrey Blackshire
as Cashier in Mini Mart
Jascha Washington
as Mike's Brother
Melvin Lyons
as Gang Member
Samuel Hiona
as Cashier in Mini Mart 1986
John Wesley
as Police Officer
Oscar Dillon
as Police Officer
Tia Gainer
as Girl at Dance
Howard Thompson
as D.J. at Dance
Douglas Shamburger
as D.J. on Radio
Brandi Wilson
as Girl at Dance
Christina Milian
as Girl at Dance
Dawnn Lewis
as Woman in Cleaners
Crystal Grant
as Girl with Slim
La'Myia Good
as Monica
Alecia Smith
as Girl with Roland
Kongit Farrell
as Girl with Slim
Stacey Arnell
as Woman with Stacey
Basil Wallace
as Lisa's Father
Todd Boyd
as Reverend Parker
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Critic Reviews for The Wood

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (18)

Choppy coming-of-age story.

April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

An across-the-board delight featuring a spot-on ensemble cast that treats the most awkward and embarrassing moments in the rites of passage with affectionate hilarity.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Inane coming-of-age comedy.

December 31, 1999
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Artificial, tension-free.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

Even the charismatic Epps can't bail out a script that lacks tension, too often substitutes high-fives for dialogue or action and calls for farce scenes that used to get 'em rolling in the stone aisles of ancient Greece.

December 31, 1999
Miami Herald
Top Critic

This rambling and episodic autobiographical saga of three friends coming of age in Inglewood, Calif. in the '80s is so determined to be likable that it forgets to be interesting.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Wood

This was a good little flashback movie, and though it was enjoyable, I found a lot of the scenes a bit long: its style is too glossy to feel truly authentic even though it sometimes seems realistic, and as such, the film drags a bit. Richard T. Jones steals the show, though, and Omar Epps turns in a strong performance: all in all, a decent flick, definitely worth watching.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

great flick, reminded me of my youth

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danny d

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