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The brothers

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Dubbed Refusing to exhale by writer/director Gary Hardwick, The brothers follows the hilarious path of four African-American men as they take on love, sex, friendship and two of life's most terrifying prospects - commitment and honesty.

Smart, successful and sexy, Jackson Smith (Morris Chestnut), Brian Palmer (Bill Bellamy), Derrick West (DL Hughley) and Terry White (Shemar Moore) are "The brothers" - lifelong friends banded together to weather love's innate terrors and occasional triumphs in this brazenly comic yet painfully true exploration of the battle between the sexes. Amidst the career track, basketball and bar-hopping, "The brothers" love women - as many as possible - but a shocking revelation tests their friendship and changes their dating habits forever.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama comedy guys blokes marriage love sex basketball dating relationship

Persons of interest

  • Morris Chestnut .... Jackson Smith
  • DL Hughley .... Derrick West
  • Bill Bellamy .... Brian Palmer
  • Shemar Moore .... Terry White
  • Gabrielle Union .... Denise Johnson
  • Tatyana Ali .... Cherie Smith
  • Jenifer Lewis .... Louise Smith
  • Tamala Jones .... Sheila West
  • Clifton Powell .... Fred Smith
  • Susan Dalian .... BeBe Fales
  • Marla Gibbs .... Mary West
  • Julie Benz .... Jesse Caldwell
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway .... Dr Thelma Woolridge
  • Angelle Brooks .... Judge Carla Williams
  • Gary Hardwick .... Screenwriter
  • Gary Hardwick .... Director

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Theatrical report

Here's a look at black culture through the lives of four mates who help each other come to terms with the "c" word ("commitment"). It's great to see how much men are always trying to ease the pressure in a relationship by cheating and how they expect certain things whether the woman wants them or not. Plus the good old double standard of not forgiving a woman for dating their father even though it's ok for them to date the mother.

The joys of testosterone.

As The brothers is not a Spike Lee Joint, I am considering nominating it for an award.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Disc type: single side, dual layer
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1/ 16:9 enhanced)
  • Languages: English (5.1), German (5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, German, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hindi, Hebrew, Dutch, Bulgarian, Turkish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Arabic
  • Audio commentary by Gary Hardwick
  • 4 never-before-seen deleted scenes with optional director commentary
  • A conversation with Gary Hardwick
  • Original movie trailers
  • Bonus movie trailers
  • Talent profiles
  • Music video

Security censorship classification

M (Sexual references, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 31 May 2001
DVD rental: 12 September 2001
VHS rental: 12 September 2001

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