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Brown Sugar

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Rick Famuyiwa

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About the Movie

Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) and Dre (Taye Diggs) have been friends since they were ten years old. What brought them together? A love for a burgeoning new music style called hip-hop. 20 years later, Dre is the owner of a successful record company and Sidney is a respected and hard-nosed music journalist, and both are still friends... close friends. So close, in fact, that everyone around them is surprised that they haven’t gotten romantically involved with the other. When Dre proposes to his beautiful lawyer girlfriend Reese (Nicole Ari Parker), Sidney begins to question her own relationship with her boyfriend. As Dre’s wedding day draws nearer, Sidney begins to fear that Dre has always been the love of her life and she’s let him slip through her hands. Legendary basketball player-turned-entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson served as executive producer of this smart urban love story.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 85
  • Fresh: 56
  • Rotten: 29
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Sustains the charm of an early 60's New York romance. – Dave Kehr, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: As satisfying as it is sleek, and Famuyiwa inspires carefully nuanced portrayals from his cast. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Oct 20, 2002

Fresh: Taye Diggs never overdoes Dre's intensity or integrity; he's an understated leading man who is all the more likable because of it. But it's Sanaa Lathan as Sidney who won my heart here. – Charles Taylor,, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Too much about Brown Sugar is carried out with utmost decorum, as if writer-director Rick Famuyiwa were bringing hip-hop home to meet the parents. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

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My absolute favorite movie

My favorite love story!! A "MUST BUY NOW" MOVIE!!!!


I have been requesting this movie for eons and it's finally here! This movie has comedy, drama, romance (with a nice love triangle), a great soundtrack-all of the qualities I like, and all rolled into one. If you like romantic comedies, you'll love this one.

Thank you!!!

Finally it's on iTunes!!! This movie hands down is my favorite movie!!

Brown Sugar
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2002

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