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The Brothers (2001)



Critic Consensus: Often seen as a Waiting to Exhale with men, The Brothers is amiable. However, it feels superficial and somewhat of a retread.

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Four successful men find themselves easing into long-term relationships, but they're not all that comfortable about it, in this intelligent comedy-drama. Terry (Shemar Moore), Jackson (Morris Chestnut), Brian (Bill Bellamy), and Derrick (D.L. Hughley) are four close friends who get together once a week to play basketball and compare notes on their problems with women. And as it turns out, they have a lot to say in that area. Terry has just gotten engaged to BeBe (Susan Dalian), who is more than a bit controlling. Jackson has a deep fear of commitment, symbolized by a recurring dream in which he's attacked by women wearing wedding gowns; what's more, he's started seeing Denise (Gabrielle Union), who he learns once had a fling with his dad (Clifton Powell). Brian is a lawyer who has discovered his next court date will see him pleading a case in front of a judge who used to be his girlfriend (Angelle Brooks). And Derrick's marriage to Sheila (Tamala Jones) is falling apart at the seams. The Brothers also features one-time Jeffersons regular Marla Gibbs, and Jennifer Lewis as Jackson's mother, who may be giving his father a second chance after many years apart.

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Morris Chestnut
as Jackson smith
Shemar Moore
as Terry White
D.L. Hughley
as Derrick West
Bill Bellamy
as Brian Palmer
Gabrielle Union
as Denise Johnson
Susan Dalian
as BeBe Fales
Tamala Jones
as Sheila West
Marla Gibbs
as Mary West
Jenifer Lewis
as Louise Smith
Clifton Powell
as Fred Smith
Julie Benz
as Jesse Caldwell
Tatyana Ali
as Chere Smith
Redena Bivens
as Spurned Woman
Angelle Brooks
as Judge Carla Williams
Vanessa Bell Calloway
as Dr. Thelma Woolridge
Henry Kinsi Jr.
as Ceyno the multi-ethnic lover
Roland Lewis
as Steve on the Strip
Kim Porter
as Sandra the Temp
Kimberly Scott
as Redena's Mom
Darin Scott
as Derrick's Attorney
Nikki Thompson
as Female Baliff
Nayo Wallace
as Red the Stripper
Tanya Wright
as Lamuzindah
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Critic Reviews for The Brothers

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (28)

A lively, affectionate and well-acted romantic comedy.

March 23, 2001 | Full Review…

A politically incorrect but often hilarious jam session.

March 23, 2001 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Airless and oddly fatiguing.

March 23, 2001 | Full Review…

It's easier to laugh with the movie than take it seriously.

March 23, 2001 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Like candy, this male answer to the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale is sweet, pleasing and goes down easy -- but it's not very filling. Still, it's tasty while it lasts.

March 23, 2001

If The Brothers falls far short of its prototype, Waiting to Exhale, it still conveys a warm-blooded affection for its characters.

March 23, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for The Brothers


I don't think you'll see movies like this anymore--a film about black brotherhood and the trials of their lives (especially love lives). The market so far is flooded with "he ain't no good" films by Tyler Perry (and sometimes diamond in the rough films) or gangster films full of violence and an absence of positive black female characters. This film was like a black male version of the Sex and the City, obviously made for female viewers. It was entertaining and endearing during its time though feels dated watching it now. If it came on television again years later, I can't say I wouldn't sit down for a dose of nostalgia though.

Remi Logan
Remi Logan

Super Reviewer

Not too bad!

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

I happened across this on TV, and it was interesting enough to watch to the end. There is something about a movie where four good friends get together every so often to play basketball and figure out what is going on with their relationships.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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