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Brown Sugar (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: October 21, 2002
CAP Score: 55
CAP Influence Density: 1.07
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BROWN SUGAR (PG-13) -- ...could have been warm and wonderful.
Production: Evergreen Productions, Heller Highwater Productions, Magic Johnson Entertainment
Distribution: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director(s): Rick Famuyiwa
Producer(s): Peter Heller, Trish Hofmann, Magic Johnson
Written by/Screenplay: Michael Elliot (story and screenplay), Michael Elliot, Rick Famuyiwa (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Enrique Chediak
Music: Robert Hurst
Film Editing: Dirk Westervelt
Casting: Alexa L. Fogel
Production Design: Kalina Ivanov
Art Direction: David Stein
I would like to tell you this is a warm and endearing tale of love and romance because it is. But to tell you that might give you the impression it is a must-see or a should-see or a safe-see. I would like to tell you that and tell you that it is completely free of noted violence because it is. But if I were to tell you that, I would have to tell you about the the 52 uses of the 3/4 letter word vocabulary. I would also like to tell you there are absolutely no murders or suicides in it but if I did I would have to tell you about the plethora of sexually immoral and drinking/drunkenness behaviors in it. So I won't. There was chemistry between Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan, but maybe the wrong chemistry for entertainment.
From childhood Dre (Taye Diggs) - don't know his last name - and Sidney Shaw (Sanaa Lathan) have been best of friends. Dre became a music producer. Sydney became a magazine editor. They became close as children because they both loved hip-hop. They both maybe even described as obsessed with it. Dre makes records and Sydney reviews them. Both are in love with music ... but not each other. So it seems.
One day, Dre meets the woman he has been waiting for in Reese (Nicole Ari Parker - Remember the Titans). Reese is a sultry bombshell and fancies Dre enough to say "Yes" to his proposal of marriage to her. Sydney is all for it and happy for them -- er -- says she is happy. But maybe all that friendship she shared with Dre turned into love without her realizing it. And maybe likewise for him. Maybe all that friendship that turned into love formed the basis of being in love for Dre, but not with Sydney? Maybe Reese just happened along at the right time to give a face to the unfocused love [for Sydney?] that had built up in Dre over the years? Maybe Reese was just there at the right time and Sydney was not? Maybe Dre was projecting Sydney into Reese? Who knows? Dre and Reese wed and Sydney remains good friends with Dre. Good enough of friends to consider a sexual relationship with him for a change.
When the record label for which Dre worked decides to engage a new and innovative hip-hop pair, "The Hip-Hop Dalmatians" (one African-American and the other white) that Dre cannot stand, Dre quits to start his own record label, "Brown Sugar." Nervous and troubled by the new leap he has taken, Dre confides in Sydney and finds his relationship with her and hers with him may not be as simple as "friend" as they thought. And to further complicate Dan Cupid's plans, along comes star New Jersey Nets basketball player Kelby (Boris Kodjoe) to steal Sydney's Heart. After Kelby's proposal of marriage to Sydney and her acceptance of it plus Dre's wedding to Reese, all would seem locked and on auto. But n-n-o-o-o! If you decide that all the assaults of morality and decency we reveal for you are acceptable, you'll find out what comes ... and goes. A shared lip-lock between Dre and Sydney the night before his wedding with Reese doesn't help the focus and direction of things.
It is disheartening indeed to find a movie that could have been warm and wonderful but is saturated with foul language [Prov. 22:11, Cor. 8:7, Titus 2:6-8, Prov. 8:13, Eph. 5:4] and sexual immorality [Rev. 22:15, Eph. 5:5, Hebr. 13:4]. I an not going to summarize the listing in the Findings/Scoring section as I typically do. It is there for you to read for yourself if you wish.
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