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Brown Sugar

movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Brown Sugar

Starring: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 108 Minutes
Release Date: October 2002
Genres: Drama, Romance

*Also starring: Mos Def, Queen Latifah, Nicole Parker, Reggi Wyns, Erik Weiner

Review by Steve Rhodes
2 stars out of 4

BROWN SUGAR, by writer/director Rick Famuyiwa (THE WOOD), is a high gloss sitcom with instantly forgettable dialog. The characters are all beautiful and financially successful professionals who dress like a million dollars and never have a bad hair day. When the women work out in the gym, they wear earrings and heavy makeup. Watching the characters go through the paces of their unconvincing jobs is like flipping through the pages of GQ (or Architectural Digest) to admire all of the perfect models. Although the plot is nominally about the love of hip hop, the music angle is really tangential to the main storyline, which concerns two gorgeous people who have been in love with each other since childhood but don't realize it.

Taye Diggs plays Dre, a music executive with a great job that he leaves in order to form his own record company that will promote a better, purer version of hip hop. Sanaa Lathan plays Sidney, the woman he loves but doesn't know it. She is a famous music critic who supposedly has an almost religious devotion to hip hop. Although they are about to marry others -- he to Reese (Nicole Ari Parker) and she to Kelby (Boris Kodjoe) -- it is clear that they will be happy only when they realize the obvious, that they were made for each other. Yes, I know. You've seen this plot a hundred times before.

Will they get together in the end and find true love? Well, duh.

BROWN SUGAR runs 1:48. It is rated PG-13 for "sexual content and language" and would acceptable for kids around 10 and up.

Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes

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