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My Brother (2007)

Vanessa Williams , Tatum O'Neal , Anthony Lover  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Vanessa Williams, Tatum O'Neal, Nashawn Kearse, Christopher Scott, Rodney Henry
  • Directors: Anthony Lover
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Code Black Ent
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NIVP8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Brother" on IMDb

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"My Brother" is an inner city story of two impoverished boys, of which one is developmentally disabled. Dying of tuberculosis, their mother tries to get her two boys adopted together. Finding that only one can be adopted, the mother creates an unbreakable bond of love between the boys, hoping that bond will get them through life. Her prayers are answered as the boys overcome impossible odds on their way to adulthood.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It Left Me Hanging October 7, 2007
Format:DVD
The brothers love for each other, instilled in them by their dying mother is very heart-warming. The acting is very good, especially that done by Vanessa Williams. Her scenes really tug at the heart as she tries to remember all the life lessons she wants to teach her son before she dies. Those were real tearjerker moments. But I still can't figure out why Tatum O'Neal made such a short appearance, never to be seen again. Her and the entire ugly club situation could have just been kept out of the movie entirely and it would not have been missed at all. It was not clear as to what happened to Isaiah and James after Isaiah kidnaps him from the mental facility. They were both too young (I think Isaiah was 10) to be on their own. What happens to Isaiah and the gansters? Does he turn over the package and he's free to go? Although I did enjoy the movie, it left me with too many questions unanswered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars touching tale, if a bit rough around the edges July 21, 2007
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***1/2

Isaiah Morton is a not-very-promising, aspiring standup comic who lives in Brooklyn with his developmentally disabled brother, James, whom he has been taking care of ever since the death of their mother a number of years back. Even though he is totally devoted to his younger sibling, Isaiah has recently come to resent the burden James places on his life. Desperate for money, Isaiah foolishly agrees to pull a job for a local gangster, an act that sets into motion a series of events that may well spell the end for both Isaiah and his brother.

With its somewhat meandering narrative structure, "My Brother," written and directed by Anthony Lover, may not always feel as fully formed or thought-out as we would like our movies to be, but its heart is definitely in the right place and it does an effective job exploring the complications and complexities inherent in human relationships. In fact, it may well be this LACK of sophistication and slickness that makes the movie feel less contrived and more convincing in the long run. For instance, Isaiah's brief flirtation with a white woman he meets at a party is intriguing precisely because it doesn't in any way enhance the story or advance the plot. It simply feels like a scene ripped from his life, a nice piece of reality tossed into the mix to make the movie more authentic.

Moreover, there are earnest, heartfelt performances by Nashawn Kearse ("Desperate Housewives"), Vanessa Williams, Christopher Scott, Rodney Henry, Donovan Jennings and even Oscar-winner Tatum O'Neal in key roles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY - POOR PLOTTING July 1, 2007
Format:DVD
I tend to rent movies that aren't real mainstream. Such was the case with My Brother. The storyline was good but the plotting was very poor to me. There were alot of things left out in this movie and it took forever to get to the "meat" of who Vanessa Williams' was. Tatum O'Neals character could have been left out of the film completely as it served no real purpose. Some of it was unbelievable, but the message was there that they were two brothers and one soul. So when one looks at this film for the message, it delivers - but I wouldn't be in rush to watch it again or run out and purchase it. With just a little more "storyline" it would have been an amazing film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brother September 4, 2013
By kenya
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I loved this movie I have a disable child and I had faced illness and the same thing happen to my mom who is deceased and I think this is a great movie to watch with your kids or family to help you cope with sickness and death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SimplyL February 15, 2011
By SimplyL
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This was a wonderful movie it showed how two brothers were put in situations that could have destroyed them instead they stood strong and when all things went wrong in the end the still found each other...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OKAY MOVIE February 24, 2009
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THIS MOVIE WAS GOOD. A TOUCHING STORY PLUS ANOTHER REASON I LIKE THE MOVIE. IS BECAUSE MY COUSIN HAS THE LEAD ROLE LOL.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie June 16, 2007
Format:DVD
This movie was a pleasant surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was surprised it was not shown in movie theaters. The acting was superb. It is the type of movie that enters one's heart. I was able to feel the emotions of the characters. If I had to use one word to describe this movie it would be "POWERFUL".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beaten, but Never Broken July 26, 2007
Format:DVD
Aside from being a book junkie, I usually binge out on movies. Blockbusters' has a permanent place on my `things to do on Tuesdays' list.' While browsing the selections I came across MY BROTHER and figured why not.

Isaiah is trying to be a stand up comedian. The only problem is his material is not funny. His younger brother, James is slower than most, yet the only one really holding them down financially. James is tapped for cash and sharing the info with his friends. Pharaoh offers him a quick solution to his money woes. Isaiah learns that quick and easy escalates into a slew of problems. While trying to run away from danger, Isaiah jogs down memory lane and revisits the life that he and James shared with their mother. While they may not have material things in abundance, the love was overflowing. Will big brother Isaiah be able to keep his promise?

While I loved it, I also kept wondering what happened. Great cast, interesting plot, yet it just dove off of the cliff. While it's an engaging tale of brotherly love, MY BROTHER leaves audiences wanting so much more.

MY BROTHER is a great portrayal of African Americans. It's also a tear jerker that keeps you smiling and all the while hoping for the best.
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