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Brown Sugar

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language
not reviewed
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Genre:
Romance Comedy Drama
Length:
1 hr. 48 min.
Year of Release:
2002
Sanaa Lathan in “Brown Sugar”

Starring: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def, Queen Latifah, Nicole Ari Parker | Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa | Produced by: Peter Heller | Written by: Michael Elliot, Rick Famuyiwa, Michael Elliott | Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Viewer Comments
Positive
Positive—This movie provides great insight into the world of hip-hop, it traces two young friends and their travels through life and the relationship that develops through the metaphor of hip hop. The language was actually mild (3 instance), there were references to premarital sex (2), masturbation (1) and divorce was offered as an option but other than that the characters were real, the soundtrack was upbeat and the overall message was entertaining. The plot was intelligently written.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
—Pam, age 32
Negative
Negative—It was a good love story overall, but since I am trying to stay away from hip-hop (not good lyrics and values), I didn’t really like the storyline. Neither couple seemed to take relationships very seriously. Engagement and even marriage didn’t seem like a big commitment to them. Some explicit things, sexual comments and actions, not for kids definitely. You have to be in your middle teens to appreciate this movie at all, although I really wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
My Ratings: [Average / 2½]
—Vicki, age 18
Movie Critics
…a light romantic comedy filled with upbeat music and humor… With offensive language blocked and removing the notion that premarital sex is a required part of the dating game, BROWN SUGAR could be recommendable…
—Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…Sexually related dialogue is present, sexual encounters occur off-screen, various women are seen in varying forms of revealing attire…
—ScreenIt!
…In Hollywood shorthand, “Brown Sugar” is ‘When Harry Met Sally…’ with an African-American cast and a hip-hop soundtrack and subtext…
—Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette