THE BROTHERS

Foul Mouthed Sex Party

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Release Date: March 23, 2001

Starring: Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy, Shemar Moore, Tamala Jones, & Gabrielle Union

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: R

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
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Phone: (310) 244-4000
Fax: (310) 244-2626
Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/

Content:

(RoRo, B, PC, LLL, V, SS, NN, AA, D, M) Hedonistic Romantic worldview about young black professionals struggling with issues of commitment, with some moral elements supporting marriage & family reconciliation, plus politically correct joke regarding Republicans; 136 obscenities, 5 strong profanities, 1 mild profanity, an extremely heavy amount of frank sexual talk, & an obscene gesture or two; brief mild violence such as jilted woman fires gun at man & his friends; implied oral sex, implied fornication, semi-nude couple lies in bed together, much frank talk about sex, & open mouthed kissing; some brief sexual nudity, rear female nudity when prostitutes attend bachelor party, plenty of women in underwear & nightgowns, & lots of cleavage; alcohol use & drunkenness; smoking; and, hiding truth, sexual hedonism & someone vandalizes man’s car.

Summary:

THE BROTHERS is an extremely foul-mouthed romantic comedy about four young black male professionals having problems with their sex lives. THE BROTHERS oozes with frank sexuality and a fair amount of soft pornography. What little morality there is in THE BROTHERS cannot save it from being labeled abhorrent.

Review:

THE BROTHERS is an extremely foul-mouthed romantic comedy about four young black male professionals having problems with their sex lives.

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.

In Brief:

THE BROTHERS is an extremely foul-mouthed romantic comedy about four young black male professionals having problems with their sex lives. Morris Chestnut plays Jackson Smith, a 28-year-old doctor who learns that the love of his life once dated his father, who’s divorced from his mother. His friend Terry decides to get married, friend Derrick has sexual differences with his own wife Sheila, and friend 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. 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. 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.