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Brown Sugar (2002)

Taye Diggs , Sanaa Lathan , Rick Famuyiwa  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe
  • Directors: Rick Famuyiwa
  • Writers: Rick Famuyiwa, Michael Elliot
  • Producers: Magic Johnson, Peter Heller, Trish Hofmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLON
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,497 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brown Sugar" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Full-Length Audio Commentary by Director Rick Famuyiwa and Film Editor Dirk Westervelt
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
  • Music Videos

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Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def, Queen Latifah. She's a writer and he's a record producer-they've been friends for years, but a kiss on the eve of his wedding makes them wonder if they should've stayed that way. 2002/color/109 min/PG-13.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
This movie is brilliant and entertaining and fresh, but sadly most the the reviewers of this movie TOTALLY MISSED the point.

If you thought this was just another romantic comedy, then of course you'd think this was just a run-of-the-mill, predictable movie.

If you weren't exposed and/or have no concept of what hip hop was before it's crossover period, circa-1990 with FAKE, gimmicky artists with no skill like Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer who put out anything that would sell records, don't watch this movie -- someone else will only have to break it down to you later.

Like the Review (Jeff Shannon) says above (please read carefully), the LEAST entertaining aspect of this movie is Dre & Sidney's relationship.

The gist of the movie is how Dre & Sid's relationship is written as a direct parallel and with commentary on the music business of how hip hop lost its soul when it crossed over and became commercial.

Every scene in the movie is metaphorical and attests to this commentary.

Dre & Sid's friendship as innocent young kids in the 1980s parallels the birth of hip hop and its innocent period.

Dre & Sid's outside (dating) relationships parallel hip hop selling out just enough in the mainstream to survive.

Dre's ultimate marriage to Reece, a fake, money-grubbing, status quo symbol, parallel's hip hop's crossover to the mainstream and going commercial.

Dre & Sid's hookup in the end (pay close attention to the hotel scene dialogue when Sid tells Dre she can't review his CD ... Dre's lines "One moment you say you want me to change and the next you're saying you want me to stay the same...").

That whole scene is metaphorical for the true to life debates music fans have today ...
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This movie is for those who truly love (underground) hip hop. Otherwise, it would not make a lot of sense or even be worth your time. It is one of my favorite movies. Rap is not hip hop, loving someone is not being in love with them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "WHEN IT'S MEANT TO BE" September 8, 2005
Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan, my favorite actor and actress coming together, it has to be good! But you don't need to know either one of these two to love "Brown Sugar". This movie involves two adults that grew up as best friends but later realised that they were in love with eachother, it raises a question of whether a man and a woman can be friends without sexuality being in the way but at the same time it goes beyond that; having a lover as a best friend is as good as it gets. What makes this movie good is the trouble these two best friends go through to realize how they feel about each other but that's not a bad thing, it just helps them realize how they truly feel. Most movies would just show the physical attraction between two people but Brown Sugar shows you two people understanding eachother in every way possible. It is truly the best romantic movie that I have ever watched, it's not only touching but it has humor along the way which makes it open to a lot of different audiences. The delivery was great, no surprise there, if I didn't know better I would think it was a true story. Beautiful movie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately moving and introduces a great story line September 17, 2005
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You are the perfect verse over a tight beat" June 6, 2009
I agree with the editorial review. Its kind of sad that I couldnt find this DVD in stores and had to revert to purchasing it online at You can find 100 copies of some overrated blockbuster in these stores but you cant find Brown Sugar. I find that kind of strange. At any rate...

The story is about Sydney(Sanaa Lathan) and Dre(Taye Diggs). Two best friends that have feelings for each other but never attempted to date each other. Sydney is a journalist and Dre is a record executive at Millinium Records. Dre ends up marrying a woman he just met(played by Nicole Ari Parker) and Sydney is not too happy about it. Sydney ends up dating a ball player(played by Boris Kodjoe) and they end up getting engaged. Dre has to deal with with a record label that only cares about making money and Sydney has to deal with her feelings for Dre.

Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs have wonderful chemistry together. They come across as real people on the screen and that is one thing I enjoy about Rick Fumuyiwa's movies. The people in them seem like real people and not these cardboard cutouts that we are used to in Hollywood movies. Also great in this movie is Queen Latifah and Mos Def who plays Chris, a struggling hip hop artist. Brown Sugar is not only charming and has a heart, its also smart and funny too. I'll admit that I laughed quite a bit especially at Rin and Tin scenes. I also love how the movie uses Sydney and Dre as a metaphorical euphemism for hip hop. Its a well written and well acted movie that deserves a lot more credit that it receives. Nowadays movies are being oversold to death and stealing all the hype from movies that deserve hype. Its sad but this is the Follywood machine at work and it has never been any other way.
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