THE BROTHERS Add To My Top 10
Foul Mouthed Sex Party
Release Date: March 23, 2001
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers & adults
Runtime: 102 minutes
Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony
Director: Gary Hardwick
Executive Producer: Doug McHenry
Producer: Darin Scott & Paddy Cullen
Writer: Gary Hardwick
Address Comments To:John Calley, Chairman/CEO
Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Culver City, CA 90232-3195
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Morris Chestnut plays Jackson Smith, a 28-year-old doctor who, like his three friends, Terry, Derrick and Brian, has found it hard to commit to one woman. Against his psychotherapist’s advice, Jackson hops into bed with the next pretty woman he meets, a professional photographer named Denise, played by Gabrielle Union. He begins to think Denise is the woman for him, until he discovers that Denise once dated his father, who has been divorced from Jackson’s mother, Louise.
While Jackson has problems dealing with Denise, his father and his mother, his friend Terry decides to get married, Derrick has sexual differences with his own wife Sheila, and Brian, a lawyer, starts to date white women when a black female judge he broke up with starts taking her anger out on him in court. During the course of the movie, viewers learn that Brian and his half brother both suffer from a lack of affection from their mom, who was abandoned by their fathers. Brian doesn’t think Terry can stick to his commitment and advises Jackson to not get tied down himself.
All’s well that ends well in this sex farce, however. Relationships are resolved, reconciliations occur, and commitment and marriage are upheld.
THE BROTHERS oozes with frank sexuality and a fair amount of soft pornography. In one scene, for instance, scantily clad prostitutes attend Terry’s bachelor party. The women in the story often appear in bed or in sexy nightgowns, underwear and revealing dresses, while the men usually are just bare chested, in pajamas or well-clothed. There’s also an extremely heavy amount of frank sexual talk, plus well over 100 obscenities and profanities, some of them in outtakes during the final credits. A good portion of the frank talk and obscenities occur when Derrick and Sheila argue over Derrick’s crude sexual desires.
The brief moral elements occurring in this movie cannot make up for all this dreadful sleaze. Nor can it absolve the filmmakers for wasting their celluloid on what turns out to be, for the most part, a soft porn party mixed with X-rated stand-up comedy fare. At a time when white filmmakers are making such relatively wholesome popular romantic comedies like RUNAWAY BRIDE, RETURN TO ME and THE WEDDING PLANNER, it’s perplexing why talented black filmmakers and performers have decided to turn out such R-rated comedies like THE BROTHERS and THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY.
THE BROTHERS oozes with frank sexuality and a fair amount of soft pornography. For example, scantily clad prostitutes attend Terry’s bachelor party and the other women in the cast often appear in nightgowns and underwear. There’s also an extremely heavy amount of frank sexual talk, plus well over 100 obscenities and profanities. What little morality there is in THE BROTHERS cannot save it from being labeled abhorrent by every decent-minded person who cares enough about such matters to take a stand.