May 2001
The Brothers

Wilson Morales

The Brothers : Most Men Can't Spell Commitment

Distributor:Sony Screen Gems
Director:Gary Hardwick
Screenplay:Gary Hardwick
Cast:Morris Chestnut, Bill Bellamy, D.L. Hughley, Shemar Moore, Gabrielle Union, Tatyana Ali, Tamala Jones, Jenifer Lewis and Clifton Powell.
Soundtrack Artist:Eric Benet, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Eddie Levert Sr., feat. Gerald Levert, Dave Hollister, Jeheim, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

Gary Hardwick’s feature film is a joyous and entertaining romantic comedy offering some serious questions about the major theme of commitment. At what point do we find true love? Are we afraid of it when we are young or do we challenge it and see where it leads us? This film explores a number of issues regarding commitment and love and it makes us laugh along the way. The story may feature new and familiar faces, but the concept is not original as we saw similar themes in “Love Jones” and “The Best Man.”

The drama begins when Terry White (Shemar Moore) announces to the boys that he’s ready to settle down and has proposed to his girl. Brian Palmer (Bill Bellamy) can’t believe it because he feels Terry is a “player til the end of time” just like him. Derrick West (D.L. Hughley) is moody because he feels he’s not getting enough love at home from his wife; and Jackson Smith (Morris Chestnut) feels he will never find the right woman

The centerpiece of the story is Morris’ character and the issues surrounding him. What works are the scenes where the brothers communicate. While Bill and D.L. provided most of the comic gags, Jenifer Lewis provided us some comic relief to match the brothers. In his first “major” role, Shemar provides the ladies with fantasies, emulating Brad Pitt’s entrance to Hollywood. Morris Chestnut is getting close to being typecast as the conservative good-looking brother who cracks under the pressure when he’s aware of his leading lady’s past. Tatyana Ali is definitely showing us that she is no longer the little sister from “The Fresh Prince.”

The film benefits enormously from the performances of the cast and with the exception of one gun scene that went too far, everything else works. Overall, “The Brothers” is a fun and entertaining movie that will have every guy worried about his woman when he’s not fully committed to them. See this film today.


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