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At Theaters: 10/11/2002 On Video: 2/11/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 49 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409982
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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Storyline Heading
Dre and Sidney can attribute their friendship and the launch of their careers to a single childhood moment, the day they discovered hip-hop on a New York street corner. Now some 15 years later, she is a revered music critic and he is a successful, though unfulfilled, music executive. As they lay down the tracks toward their futures, hip-hop isn’t the only thing that keeps them coming back to that moment on the corner.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Romantic - This romantic comedy should appeal to couples, generally younger ones. Sex talk and mature situations make the film inappropriate for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Taye Diggs NEW BEST FRIEND, WAY OF THE GUN
Sanaa Lathan LOVE AND BASKETBALL
Mos Def MONSTER'S BALL
Nicole Ari Parker REMEMBER THE TITANS
Boris Kodjoe LOVE AND BASKETBALL
Queen Latifah THE BONE COLLECTOR, LIVING OUT LOUD
Director: Rick Famuyiwa THE WOOD
Producer: Peter Heller CAUGHT UP
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Production Notes Heading
About The Story
About The Cast & Characters
About The Production
About The Music
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: One F-word, 10 S-words, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Some sex talk.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic dialogue and situations, some sex humor.
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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Above Average "Brown Sugar is so earnest in its yearning for the days before rap went nihilistic that it summons more spirit and bite than your average formulaic romantic quadrangle.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Brown Sugar is undemanding fun capable of providing two hours of entertainment for anyone who enjoys a smart story with plenty of romantic tension.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "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.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "But given the film's focus on the importance of hip-hop, its soundtrack — crammed with current artists though it is — doesn't make the impression it should. And though the standout exception, Cassandra Wilson's reworking of Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time, helps drive a pivotal moment, it feels awkward and out of place.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 168 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
11
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
35
Very High
97%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
23
Very High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
52
Very High
98%
30+Adults (M)
13
Very High
92%
30+Adults (F)
34
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are some very high opinions, especially the high number of "Fantastic" opinions. "Brown Sugar" is a very entertaining movie according to moviegoers. Apparently the guys think it's a "chick flick" since there were many more ladies than men providing their opinion. However, the male opinions show that's not true. The guys liked it as well as the ladies. So guys, take your lady to see "Brown Sugar." Being a romantic story makes it a great date movie, even for you old married couples.

One moviegoer summed it up nicely for me. She said: "I loved the whole movie. It was funny, sentimental and a good tear jerker. It was a great 'feel good' movie. I would see it a second time."

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This romantic comedy is as sweet as the title, and that matched with appealing stars and a cool soundtrack should translate to high marks for couples, particularly younger ones. The humor and romance also holds equal appeal for both genders, and the fairly clean content should translate to older audience appeal as well.

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