The Brothers

What do women want? The four friends whose romantic travails drive this testosterone-heavy answer to WAITING TO EXHALE would surely like to know. The "brothers" — Jackson (Morris Chestnut), Terry (Shemar Moore, of TV's The Young and the Restless), Derrick (D.L. Hughley, of TV's The Hughleys) and Brian (Bill Bellamy) — know what women should want:...read more

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What do women want? The four friends whose romantic travails drive this testosterone-heavy answer to WAITING TO EXHALE would surely like to know. The "brothers" — Jackson (Morris Chestnut), Terry (Shemar Moore, of TV's The Young and the Restless), Derrick (D.L. Hughley, of TV's The Hughleys) and Brian (Bill Bellamy) — know what women should want: them. They're the cream of the crop — handsome and successful African-American doctors and lawyers who have their acts together. More or less together, anyway: Jackson is working on commitment issues in therapy, but his recurring dream about a woman in a wedding dress with a gun suggests he has a way to go. Perhaps his divorced parents' (Jenifer Lewis, Clifton Powell) confusing, steamy, on-again/off-again relationship has something to do with his troubles. Derrick has been happily married to Sheila (Tamala Jones) for three years, though they have some bedroom problems. And womanizing Terry has just proposed to BeBe (Susan Dalian). Only Brian is holding up their youthful tradition of pure hound dog-dom. In fact, to his friends' dismay, he's decided that he has had enough of demanding black women — now white women, that's the ticket. Meanwhile, Jackson meets Denise (Gabrielle Union), a veritable walking dream — beautiful, sexy, smart and secure — and Terry develops a sudden case of pre-wedding jitters. Will the brothers ever settle down and do right by their women? This glossy romantic comedy gets off to a good start, filled with sharp, funny insights about men and their amatory insecurities — some specific to African-Americans, some as universal as high hopes and heartache. Some of the storylines are slack, and the pacing overall would be considerably improved if the film were about ten minutes shorter. But the cast is strong and work together flawlessly, and romantic comedies that take an unabashedly male perspective without being relentlessly vulgar or misogynistic are rare indeed.

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  • Released: 2001
  • Rating: R
  • Review: What do women want? The four friends whose romantic travails drive this testosterone-heavy answer to WAITING TO EXHALE would surely like to know. The "brothers" — Jackson (Morris Chestnut), Terry (Shemar Moore, of TV's The Young and the Restless), Der… (more)

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