Romance blooms for two urban professionals, one an A&R executive for a hip-hop record label, the other a magazine editor who has been his friend since childhood.
An amiable uptown remake of "My Best Friend's Wedding," Rick Famuyiwa's "Brown Sugar" follows the evolving relationship between Sidney (Sanaa Lathan), an attractive young woman who has just been appointed the editor of the hip-hop review XXL, and Dre (Taye Diggs), a music producer who has been bound to Sidney since they were children. The news that Dre is going to be married to Reese (Nicole Ari Parker), a successful lawyer who happens to be stunningly beautiful, 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 of his wedding sends fissures of doubt cracking in every direction. Written by Mr. Famuyiwa and Michael Elliot ("Like Mike"), the movie sustains the charm of an early 60's New York romance. — Dave Kehr
2002-10-11 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of Brown Sugar