Box Office - 10/01/2002
"...[A] surprisingly thoughtful and well-handled romance..."
New York Times - 10/11/2002
"...[The film] sustains the charm of an early 60's New York romance..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/11/2002
"...A sly and sophisticated romantic comedy with a depth of characterization matched by its appreciation of the world of hip-hop..."
Variety - 10/07/2002
"...Sufficiently smooth, sexy and tuneful....Parker and Kodjoe sizzle..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/11/2002
"...A romantic comedy, yes, but one with characters who think and talk about their goals, and are working hard on decisions....It's observant..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/14/2003
"...A film whose tough choices and bittersweet ending keep it real..."
Rick Famuyiwa breathes a refreshing burst of air into the romantic comedy genre with BROWN SUGAR, a film that is as much a tribute to hip-hop as it is a celebration of friendship and love. Dre (Taye Diggs) and Sidney (Sanaa Lathan), best friends since elementary school, have been in love with rap music since they can remember. It has even carried through into their adult lives. Dre is making a successful living as a record executive, while Sidney has just taken over as editor-in-chief at one of the hip-hop community's most popular magazines. Somehow, romance has never been an issue between the two, until they both find new loves of their own--for Dre, it's the beautiful Reese (Nicole Ari Parker), for Sidney, it's basketball star Kelby (Boris Kodjoe). Disillusioned with the lackluster music that his label continually puts out, Dre decides to branch out on his own. Sidney gives him a loan to support his bold new venture, but it is this unflinching support that eventually begins to grate on Reese and Kelby, forcing Dre and Sidney to confront their true feelings. Famuyiwa's crowd-pleasing film is boosted by Mos Def and Queen Latifah's hysterical supporting performances.
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