Brown Sugar
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A woman wonders if it's just friendship or real love she feels when a close male friend announces he's tying the knot in this romantic comedy. Dre (Taye Diggs) and Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) became best friends when they were ten years old -- the same time that both first became aware of the first rumblings of the Hip Hop revolution in New York City. Today, Dre runs a successful record label, and Sidney is a respected music journalist; both have managed to turn their love for the music into careers, and both are still close friends. Close enough, in fact, that many of their pals wonder why… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's predictable, but it jumps through the expected hoops with style and even some depth."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Lathan and Diggs make an immensely likable couple, and the supporting cast strikes all the right notes."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The spirit of the old school echoes strongly throughout the film and parallels the purity of the passions and personalities of the paramours."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"All in all, Brown Sugar is a satisfying well-made romantic comedy that's both charming and well acted. It will guarantee to have you leaving the theater with a smile on your face."
‑ Ron Bishow,
"True to its title, this hip-hop When Harry Met Sally is plenty sweet, but is that what we really want from a film set in the world of rap music?"
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
"You don't have to know about music to appreciate the film's easygoing blend of comedy and romance."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Takes every convention of the romantic comedy genre and turns it on its ear."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Brown Sugar manages to take hip-hop's well-established history and make it digestible for audiences not necessarily tied directly into the core of that culture."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"The plot is romantic comedy boilerplate from start to finish."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"Brown Sugar takes an old tale and tells it in a fresh, modern way. The music's pretty good, too."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Makes the sweet case that sincerity strikes the biggest romantic sparks."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The movie plays cute more than smart, but it's far from dumb -- and marks yet another baby step forward in the growing sophistication of African-American film."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Fine performances from Diggs and Lathan give life to an otherwise rehashed love story, but musician Mos Def steals the show."
‑ Tyler Hanley, Palo Alto Weekly
"Hip-hop rarely comes alive as its own fire-breathing entity in this picture."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Brown Sugar is nothing you haven't seen before, but if you're into the whole New York-based romantic comedy thing, you'll probably find it a blast."
‑ Matt Easterbrook, Matt's Movie Reviews
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