Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Brothers (2001)

Synopsis: It’s basically 40 minutes of the brothers shooting hoops and complaining about how the sisters don’t understand them, and 20 minutes of the sisters sipping mimosas and griping about how the brothers aren't ready to settle down and start a real relationship. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “THE BROTHERS is a fresh and humorous look at four African-American ‘brothers’  - lifelong friends who band together to navigate the turbulent waters of love and sex on their way to healthy, happy and committed relationships.” 

What Did I Learn?: Ladies, if you want to seriously freak out your new boyfriend, tell him you once briefly dated his dad. 

You Might Like This Movie If: You know that no matter what happens, the brothers are gonna work it out.
Really?: Hmm…I’m pretty sure that if I were holed up in a bungalow with a friend, and his insane, gun-toting ex-girlfriend was outside, shooting holes in the house in order to exact some revenge, I would drop to the floor and phone the police. I would not venture outside and attempt to talk her into handing me the pistol. 

Rating: As a fan of character-driven comedies about dating and relationships (She’s The One, or The Brothers McMullen, for instance), I wanted to like The Brothers, but wow – it’s smug, trite, poorly written (funny how every conflict is soon resolved with both parties agreeing they’re partly at fault), and not terribly funny. I cannot recommend this movie. 4/10 stars. 

Would It Work For A Bad Movie Night?: Not really, but take a drink every time any one of the four men basically pat themselves on the back and announce just how wonderful they are.

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