Brown Sugar (2002 film)

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Brown Sugar
Brown sugar poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
Produced by Magic Johnson
Peter Heller
Written by Michael Elliot
(story and screenplay)
Rick Famuyiwa (screenplay)
Starring Taye Diggs
Sanaa Lathan
Mos Def
Nicole Ari Parker
Boris Kodjoe
Queen Latifah
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates October 11, 2002 (2002-10-11)
Running time 109 minutes
Language English
Budget $8 million[1]
Box office $28,316,451[1]

Brown Sugar is a 2002 American romantic comedy film written by Michael Elliott and Rick Famuyiwa, directed by Famuyiwa, and starring Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan. The film is a story of a lifelong friends, A&R Andre and Editor in Chief Sidney. The two can attribute their friendship and the launch of their careers to a single, seminal childhood moment - the day they discovered hip-hop on a New York street corner. Now some 15 years later, as they lay down the tracks toward their futures, hip-hop isn't the only thing that keeps them coming back to that moment on the corner.

The movie was released in the US on October 11, 2002 and ran for 16 weeks, grossing $27,363,891 domestically and $952,560 in the foreign sector for a worldwide total of $28,316,451.

Plot[edit]

Brown sugar is the film that follows the evolving relationship between Sidney (Sanaa Lathan), an attractive young woman who has just been appointed the editor-in-chief of the hip-hop magazine XXL, and Dre (Taye Diggs), an A&R for Millennium Records. They have been bound together since their early childhood. The news that Dre is preparing to be married to Reese (Nicole Ari Parker), a successful entertainment attorney, sends Sidney into a subconscious tizzy.

Suddenly, she doesn't seem to know how to behave around Dre anymore, and an impulsive kiss on the eve before his wedding sends fissures of doubt cracking in every direction. Dre gets married and begins to settle into his life when a decision to sign an untalented but commercially viable rap group forces Dre to choose between his love for true Hip Hop and his job. Subsequently he quits his job to start his own record company focused on bringing back the real hip hop that his generation fell in love with. Reese, however, is not understanding and thus not supportive of this venture. Additionally as Sidney draws closer to Dre due to their partnership in the label, jealousy develops over Dre and Sidney's friendship.

Sidney, who also has begun to live her life with a budding relationship with Kelby (Boris Kodjoe) receives a proposal from her boyfriend which she accepts. Turmoil ensues when Dre finds out Reese has been having secret liaisons with a man from the gym (who texts Reese to confirm a rendezvous). Dre brings Sid to bust her in the act. This leads to a night of shared passion between Dre and Sid and opens Sid's eyes to the fact she is not prepared to get married to Kelby. She calls off the engagement and while searching for Dre sees Reese and Dre in a parting embrace that she misconstrues as more.

While at Hot 97 waiting for Cavi's first single to play on the Angie Martinez show, Dre hears Sid talking about her new book I Used to Love H.I.M. Though based on her love affair with Hip Hop, it really is a chronicled time line of her love affair with Dre. He recognizes this, rushes over to the station to confront his feelings as well. Meanwhile in the production booth, Sid's cousin Francine finally asks Cavi out on a date...something he has been trying for since their first meeting.

The film ends with Cavi's song playing in the same park where their love of Hip Hop began...

Cast[edit]

cameo appearances

Awards and nominations[edit]

2003 NAACP Image Awards (nominations)

  • Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture — Taye Diggs
  • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture — Sanaa Lathan
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture — Mos Def
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture — Boris Kodjoe
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture — Queen Latifah
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture — Nicole Ari Parker

Soundtrack[edit]

A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released on September 24, 2002 by MCA Records. It peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

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