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This is the story of four african-american yuppies, a banker, a doctor, a lawyer, and a playboy who call themselves the brothers. When the playboy gets engaged, the other three friends find themselves having to come to terms with their own issues of commitment and honesty.


Studio Sony
SKU 40155459
UPC 043396063945
UPC 14 00043396063945
Format DVD
Release Date 9/27/2005
Rating Rating
African Americans
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Dubbed "Refusing to Exhale" by director Gary Hardwick, THE BROTHERS traces the hilarious journey of four African-American men as they take on love, sex, friendship and two of life's most terrifying prospects--honesty and commitment. Smart, successful, and sexy, Jackson Smith (Morris Chestnut), Brian Palmer (Bill Bellamy), Derrick West (D.L. Hughley) and Terry White (Shemar Moore) are "The Brothers"--lifelong friends banded together to weather love's innate terrors and occasional triumphs in this brazenly comic yet painfully true exploration of the battle between the sexes. Amidst the career track, basketball, and bar hopping, "The Brothers" love women, as many as possible, but a shocking revelation tests the foursome's friendship and changes their dating habits forever.^In between the fast-quipping one-liners, each of the four brothers faces a challenge that must be overcome in order to mature into full manhood. The strength of THE BROTHERS rests in the emotional variety of these challenges, which range from Brian's tragic relationship with his mother to Derrick's hysterical sexual problems with his wife. And regardless of the tone of each subplot, Hardwick's characters are well rounded, and filled out by the excellent acting of Chestnut, Hughley, and the gorgeous Gabrielle Union in the female lead.
Variety "...Jones and Union find emotional shadings in their scenes that are entirely their own..." 03/19/2001 p.29-30
New York Times "Blunt and sexy, with flashes of raunchy humor and just enough nuggets of human truth..." 03/23/2001 p.E20
USA Today "...The pace is fast, many of the performers are attractive, and even the end-credits montage is zippier than usual..." 03/23/2001 p.5E
Box Office "...[A] sexy voyeuristic journey..." 05/01/2001 p.58
Entertainment Weekly "...[A] passionate and saucy comedy....[Chestnut] has cool liquid eyes, a killer smile, and a fleet, almost musical way with dialogue..." 03/30/2001 p.44-5
Los Angeles Times "...Pleasurable and sure-footed....All of the actors are excellent..." 03/23/2001 p.16
Sight and Sound "...There are some lively performances. D.L. Hughley is the standout..." 11/01/2001 p.42-3
Gary Hardwick
Bill Bellamy
Morris Chestnut
Shemar Moore
D.L. Hughley
Cast & Crew
Jennifer Lewis - Actor
Marla Gibbs - Actor
Morris Chestnut - Actor
Shemar Moore - Actor
Tamala Jones - Actor
Gabrielle Union - Actor
Bill Bellamy - Actor
D.L. Hughley - Actor
Gary Hardwick - Director
Alexander Gruszynski - Director of Photography
Eric BenŽt - Original Music
Darin Scott - Producer
Gary Hardwick - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 06394
UPC 00043396063945
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource The Los Angeles Times
Review ...the most pleasurable and sure-footed of comedy dramas on the mating game of young black urban professionals to date... the writing is tighter and the behavior seems more of-this-planet.
Reviewer Jan Stewart
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Chestnut,Morris
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Associated Press ...the movie's themes of family, love and friendship are universal.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times Blunt and sexy...and just enough nuggets of human infuse it with genuine heart...
Chris Vogner, Dallas Morning News ...witty and lively...
Ebert & Roeper And The Movies Thumbs Up!

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