Brown Sugar

Directed By: Rick Famuyiwa Starring: Mos Def Sanaa Lathan Taye Diggs

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This was a film that puts a smile on your face, and brings you back to the good days of hip hop. The music was incredible, and the actors/actresses were funny, witty, and often surprising. The film definately had its way of throwing you around. From looking back on great music- to looking ahead at your future, this film did all that!

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Product Overview

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop receord exec stumble into romantic territory.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40212411
UPC 024543065494
UPC 14 00024543065494
Format DVD
Release Date 1/9/2007
Rating Rating
African American Cinema
African American Culture
African Americans
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Box Office "...[A] surprisingly thoughtful and well-handled romance..." 10/01/2002 p.58
New York Times "...[The film] sustains the charm of an early 60's New York romance..." 10/11/2002 p.E26
Los Angeles Times "...A sly and sophisticated romantic comedy with a depth of characterization matched by its appreciation of the world of hip-hop..." 10/11/2002 p.C6
Variety "...Sufficiently smooth, sexy and tuneful....Parker and Kodjoe sizzle..." 10/07/2002 p.23-4
Chicago Sun-Times "...A romantic comedy, yes, but one with characters who think and talk about their goals, and are working hard on decisions....It's observant..." 10/11/2002 p.35
Entertainment Weekly "...A film whose tough choices and bittersweet ending keep it real..." 02/14/2003 p.61
Rick Famuyiwa
Mos Def
Sanaa Lathan
Taye Diggs
Cast & Crew
Method Man - Star
Mos Def - Star
Sanaa Lathan - Star
Boris Kodjoe - Star
Nicole Ari Parker - Star
Taye Diggs - Star
Queen Latifah - Star
Enrique Chediak - Director of Photography
Michael Elliott - Screenwriter
Robert Hurst - Music
Earvin "Magic" Johnson - Executive Producer
Darryle Johnson - Costume Designer
Dana Dane - Cameo
De La Soul - Featured
Slick Rick - Cameo
Rick Famuyiwa - Screenwriter
Kool G. Rap - Cameo
Tariq Trotter - Featured
Peter Heller - Producer
Kool G. Rap - Featured
Doug E. Fresh - Cameo
Russell Simmons - Cameo
Method Man - Featured
Rick Famuyiwa - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 2259055
UPC 00024543065494
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Image Award (2003) Brown Sugar, Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture,Mos Def, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture,Queen Latifah, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture,Sanaa Lathan, Nominee, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture,Taye Diggs, Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Grammy (2003) Erykah Badu, et. al. ["Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)"], Nominee, Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Those looking for a concise description of Brown Sugar could refer to it as the "African American When Harry Met Sally." After all, it is a romantic comedy that asks the popular movie question of whether a man and woman can be platonic friends without sex becoming an issue. Predictably, as was the case in the Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan pairing, the answer is no, but Rick Famuyiwa's feature deals with its subject matter in a tasteful, intelligent manner, rather than forcing us to endure every plot contrivance that the cliche-riddled genre can offer...The backdrop of Brown Sugar is the world of hip-hop music, and rapper Mos Def has a role as an artist that Dre decides to back. The soundtrack is loaded with hip-hop numbers, and will prove to be a "must have" for fans...Lead actors Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan generate enough chemistry to ignite a few sparks. The two previously appeared together in The Best Man and The Wood (also directed by Famuyiwa). In Brown Sugar, they have no difficulty convincing the audience of their love for hip-hop and for each other, even though they consistently delude themselves about any feelings pertaining to the latter. The supporting cast is solid, with Queen Latifah stealing her share of scenes as Sidney's cousin and confidante...Despite having an all-black cast, Brown Sugar is essentially color-blind. Or, to put it another way, the film's intrinsic appeal is not confined to African American audiences. There are undoubtedly some who will complain that Brown Sugar's screenplay has been homogenized for mass-market consumption, but it doesn't seem to me that there's anything wrong with making a movie that can attract both black and white viewers. And, if you want edgy, looking to a romantic comedy to provide it is ill-advised. Brown Sugar is undemanding fun capable of providing two hours of entertainment for anyone who enjoys a smart story with plenty of romantic tension.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review She is the editor of an important music magazine. He produces hip-hop for a major label. They've been best friends since childhood, but never more than that, although they came close a few times. Now, as both approach 30, Dre (Taye Diggs) feels his career has lost its way. And Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) is working so hard she doesn't have time for romance..."Brown Sugar," which charts romantic passages in these lives, is a romantic comedy, yes, but one with characters who think and talk about their goals, and are working on hard decisions. For both Sidney and Dre, hip-hop music symbolizes a kind of perfect adolescent innocence, a purity they're trying to return to as more cynical adults..."Brown Sugar," advertised as a hip-hop comedy, is more like a slice of black professional life (there's not even an entire hip-hop song in the whole movie). Directed and co-written by Rick Famuyiwa, the movie returns to a world similar to his "The Wood" (1999), but the characters are deeper and more complex...Consider Reese, the Nicole Ari Parker character. In a less thoughtful movie, she'd be the shallow, bitchy life-wrecker. Here, she is blameless and basically reasonable: mad at Dre for quitting his job without talking it over with her, jealous of Sidney because she (correctly) suspects Sidney and Dre have always been in love but lied to themselves about it...There's a scene in "Brown Sugar" I never thought I'd see in a movie, where after Reese and Dre have a "final" fight, and in a more conventional film she would disappear forever from the screenplay, but here she returns to suggest counseling and says they need to work harder at their marriage. How many movie romances are that thoughtful about their characters? "Brown Sugar" may be pitching itself to the wrong audience. The ads promise: "The Rhythm ... the Beat ... the Love ... and You Don't Stop!" But it's not a musical and although it's sometimes a comedy, it's observant about its people.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Diggs,Taye
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer Sweet. The pun is unavoidable. It's the only adjective that fully captures the flavor of the romantic comedy Brown Sugar.
Earl Dittman, Wireless Magazines ...slick and sexy with a hip-hop beat!
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader Smart and consistently funny, with sharp performances.
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club A good cast, terrific soundtrack, and genial spirit all help the film go down smoothly.
Northwest Cable News Fresh, fast and right on righteous.

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