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The Brothers (2001)

Morris Chestnut , Shemar Moore , Gary Hardwick  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Morris Chestnut, Shemar Moore, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy, Gabrielle Union
  • Directors: Gary Hardwick
  • Writers: Gary Hardwick
  • Producers: Darin Scott, Doug McHenry, Paddy Cullen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2001
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LB86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Brothers" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Think of it as a male version of Waiting to Exhale. The Brothers similarly features four good friends who offer each other advice and support as they navigate the strange and treacherous waters of romantic relationships. Jackson (Morris Chestnut) is a doctor with serious commitment problems; he has dreams about a woman in a bridal gown aiming a gun at him. Brian (Bill Bellamy) is a lawyer with a caustic view of the opposite sex, inspired in large part by his untrusting and unaffectionate mother; he also has commitment problems. Upwardly mobile professional Terry (Shemar Moore) is a well-muscled womanizer who's finally decided to settle down, but as the wedding draws close it becomes clear that he, too, has commitment problems. Fortunately, the fourth member of the quartet, Derrick (D.L. Hughley), is married and devoted to his family--except that his wife refuses to engage in anything but straight missionary sex, which Derrick sees as manipulative. The Brothers depicts a glamorous world in which everyone is good-looking and well dressed; the number of characters makes it hard to delve into anyone's life with any depth, but the actors are engaging and the script makes an effort to look at the "battle of the sexes" from both sides. The immensely charming Gabrielle Union (from Bring It On) plays the girl who just might convince Jackson to give up his single ways. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy. Four black Californians deal with themselves and the opposite sex. 2000/color/94 min/R.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD! July 24, 2002
When I saw the promos for this movie before it was released in theatres, I knew that I would really like this movie! It's a movie that has a lot to offer. A stellar cast, interesting storyline, drama, comedy and everything in between. It deals with the dynamics of four guys and their struggles with relationships from being single to being married. On the DVD side of things, this movie is entertaining enough to be able to watch over & over again, and not get tired of it. This is the most important thing when actually buying & not renting a movie.
If you like movies that deal with interpersonal dynamics with a little humour & drama thrown in, this movie will definitely not disappoint.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie July 25, 2001
This movie was one of the best movies I've seen this year. I was very much pleased with this one. Especially seeing Shemar breaking out of the Soap Opera's and into the movies, showing his true talent. This movie definitly will be coming home to me and taking a spot right along side my other favorite movies "The Wood", and "The Best Man".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast=Great movie! November 10, 2004
I was bored one night so I flipped on HBO and found out this movie was on. So I watched it and now I have up in the pentheon of movie greats. My favorite character is Jackson because he's cool and someone that most of us guys can relate to. He is also responsible and consciensous and the man that everyone can count on. His parents count on him despite their divorce, his sister counts on him even though she just graduated, and his friends count on him because they have problems and they know Jack always has their backs. But what happens when Jackson runs into a serious problem of his own which is finding out his girlfriend Denise dated his father? And who does he turn to when he breaks up with Denise and later regrets it? The answer is his three friends Derrick, Brian, and Terry. Together they set out to help one another with the problems they encounter such as Derrick's impending divorce from his wife, Brian's bad luck with women and his family crisis, and Terry's reservations about marriage along with what Jackson has to deal with. They are known as "The Brothers", four close friends who stick with each other and help each other out through thick and thin. Morris Chestnut and others shine in this feel good story about love, happiness, and all that other s***.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars those guys are buff, ruff and tuff; sho nuff. June 7, 2001
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AN eye opener for any woman who doesn't understand the psyche of the modern man. Shemar is a beautiful black man, especially without his shirt. Imagine a story whose plot is centered around four of the most gorgeous men with a very practical theme .The movie provides insight into the hard exterior of a man and an understanding of the soft inside. This is the flip side to Waiting To Exhale only more realistic. It's nice to see movies depict black men as successful individuals with a lot to offer. Can't wait for the DVD. I must own this one!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh brother.....what a disappointment this movie is. June 24, 2004
The Brothers tries to copy Waiting to Exhale. However that film adaptation made the same mistake this film makes: The four men do not become characters who tell their own stories; they become caricatures of types of black men we all know. These stereotypes include the misogynist, the womanizer, the family man and the nice guy who finishes last. If these are the good brothers then I'm worried. Most of these guys only cared about money, clothes, cars and sex. I wanted some dimension to their personalities that would make them into real people onscreen.
There was a great story here sadly, the writer couldn't tell it because the shallow producers decided to show pretty pictures of handsome actors wearing expensive designer clothes driving nice cars living in the lap of luxury. I wondered where the character development was. The relationships the Brothers have with the each other seemed contrived. These actors never bonded like "Brothers." There was no chemistry between them; the only thing they had in common was the paycheck they got for this film. "Brother" means someone you're very close to; I didn't get that feeling watching these four guys onscreen.
The relationships these "Brothers" have with the women in their lives seemed convoluted as well. Falling in love in this film happens overnight; there is no natural progression to the romance. Morris Chestnut's character meets Gabrielle Union in the park, in one frame they meet and the next they're in bed and in another they're in love. Their big conflict: She used to date his Father-come on! Shemar Moore's character is saying he's a reformed womanizer and is getting married after having a two-month relationship! He gets cold feet and his jilted lover comes back to attack him with a gun in the climax of the film.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A clunker September 9, 2001
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I'm only giving this dull, silly flick two stars because of the gorgeous Morris Chestnut. This friends coming of age theme has been done to death, and has been handled far better in other flicks than it is here. Ostensibly, this film is about 4 upwardly mobile young black males and their relationships -- with women and each other -- but most of what we see is flexing and preening and a lot of chit chatting without enough story development. How does Jack go from jumping in the bed with Denise the first day that they meet, to being on the verge of making some type of committment? How long ago had she dated his father? How long were they dating? The other relationships are not nearly interesting enough to comment on, but I will say that Bill Bellamy was particularly loathsome. Ugh! There are few things worse than bitter, self-hating dudes. And a whole subplot about the lack of head? Tres tacky.
This movie is weak, and one of my greatest complaints is that the audience is not given any sense of how much time is supposed to have elapsed. One minute, Jack's parents are divorced, but still getting it on on the DL, but somehow they wind up getting remarried. Terry dumps his fiance 2 weeks before the wedding, but they manage to stay together. Puhleeze. It does have its funny moments thanks to the hilarious D.L. Hughley, but I was disappointed in the overall product.
And finally, why is it that Black films have to be so extreme? We either get the hood flicks filled with povert and despair, or the buppie flicks where everyone is gorgeous, professional, paid and shallow. How about something about the bulk of us who are somewhere in the middle?
Memo to Hollywood: no more Black wedding flicks please. Some of us have exhaled and are ready to go the next level. There is more the life than chasing tail, obsessing over relationships and hanging with the fellas/girls. I'd love to see some of that on the big screen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brothers
what can I say, this movie is amazing, the quality and case came in perfect condition and what more could you ask for especially with the price
Published 4 days ago by Rosalin Glasgow
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers
Great movie for your great movie collection! If you are a fan of such movies as Love Jones, Soul Food, Two Can Play that game, Poetic Justice, The Best man ,etc you will enjoy this... Read more
Published 10 days ago by MissK
5.0 out of 5 stars Can watch it over & over!
I love this movie. Great story & great cast. Wish there could be a sequel. Movie reflects so many adult life changes.
Published 2 months ago by Letreian Johns
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Love this movie!
I mean first of all this movie has Bill Bellamy! That alone is enough. The movie was in good condition and when I got to sit down and watch it; I fell in love with the film all... Read more
Published 2 months ago by anabel rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars MOVIE REVIEW BROTHERS
I thought it was fun,in life we can always not see what in front our face,and life it not always as we preceive it.
Published 2 months ago by Shelvy P Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I saw the movie years ago. At girlfriend night out we were discuss movie that Morris Chestnut was in, but one of my friend have not seem it, so I ordered it for a Christmas gift... Read more
Published 3 months ago by nana1956
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
I truly liked the cast in this movie. This movie is funny entertaining and I enjoy watching this movie every time I put it on.
Published 4 months ago by Enjoying their Gift!
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers
Classic family fun a group of for real guys doing their thing and loving it .... memories along with more memories.
Published 5 months ago by ignacio a. llanos jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing DVD
I've seen this movie numerous times before. However, when I purchased it and opened the package, the DVD was missing. Unfortunately, once it's unwrapped you cannot return it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tina Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brothers
The movie came in excellent condition/it arrived on time and the price was very good. I love the movie and it is clear and wonderful
Published 6 months ago by COOKIE
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