The Wood
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A man who's uncertain about the biggest step forward of his life steps back to take a look at his younger days in this comedy/drama. Roland (Taye Diggs) is a few hours away from getting married, and he is starting to have second thoughts; as much as he loves his fiancée, he can't stop thinking about Tanya (Tamala Jones), his first serious girlfriend in high school. Roland is hanging out with his two best friends, whom he also first met in school, Mike (Omar Epps), a solid regular guy, and Slim (Richard T. Jones), a flashy personality who plays pro basketball in Europe. They talk about… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Choppy coming-of-age story."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Famuyiwa has kicked up fertile new storytelling territory for black filmmakers."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"It wants to be Boyz in the Hood (Boyz in the Wood) but the obscenity laced dialogue and raw objectification of woman renders it a contrite pretender more along the lines of Booty Call and Trippin."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
"A well-intentioned exercise in humanism... but as art or a successful narrative, the movie is ultimately empty."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"What are you waiting on? Go see this one!"
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"An across-the-board delight featuring a spot-on ensemble cast that treats the most awkward and embarrassing moments in the rites of passage with affectionate hilarity."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Inane coming-of-age comedy."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Never delves much deeper into the three friends' psychology than a sitcom pilot would, though the cast try their best."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Sight and Sound
"Heartfelt honesty and a determined refusal to resort to exploitative stereotypes help make The Wood an uncommonly uplifting experience for audiences of all races and backgrounds."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Nice, but lacks the substance it needs to make us feel as good as it wants us to."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"The growing-up stuff is kind of wonderful."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Since positive images of middle-class black friendships and romance remain rare while gangster tales, drugs and gang gunfire dominate the screen, The Wood gets bonus points."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"A charmer, a heartfelt memoir full of the buoyant good spirits and free-wheeling fun that, say, American Pie never had."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Three middle-class African-American men yearn to stay forever young as they struggle with their relationships with women."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"By the film's final toast, one feels as if they are indeed part of The Wood."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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