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Brown Sugar

October 11th, 2002

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Still of Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan in Brown SugarStill of Sanaa Lathan and Nicole Ari Parker in Brown SugarStill of Sanaa Lathan and Boris Kodjoe in Brown SugarStill of Queen Latifah and Mos Def in Brown SugarLeft to Right: Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs and Director/Writer Rick Famuyiwa on the set of Brown SugarStill of Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan in Brown Sugar

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor (Lathan) and a hip-hop record exec (Diggs) stumble into romantic territory.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.9/10 (3,333 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Rick Famuyiwa

Stars: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def

This romantic comedy centers on a romance between an A&R exec, Dre, at a hip-hop label and a magazine editor, Sidney, who have known each other since childhood.. They find themselves drifting towards being more than friends, even as Dre is engaged, and Sidney starts being wooed by a handsome basketball player.

Writers: Michael Elliot, Michael Elliot

Taye Diggs - Andre Romulus 'Dre' Ellis
Sanaa Lathan - Sidney 'Syd' Shaw
Mos Def - Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon
Nicole Ari Parker - Reese Marie Wiggam Ellis
Boris Kodjoe - Kelby Dawson
Queen Latifah - Francine
Wendell Pierce - Simon
Erik Weiner - Ren
Reggi Wyns - Ten
Melissa Martinez - Meghan
Aaliyyah Hill - Young Sidney
Marc John Jefferies - Young Dre
Venida Evans - Older Woman
Breece Wilson - Woman
Brette Taylor - Woman 2

Taglines: When did you first fall in love with hip-hop?


Official Website: Fox Searchlight [United States] |

Release Date: 11 October 2002

Filming Locations: Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,738,882 (USA) (13 October 2002) (1372 Screens)

Gross: $27,362,712 (USA) (26 January 2003)

Technical Specs


Crew or equipment visible: During the scene where Sidney and Dre are walking through The Mall in Central Park, you can hear someone giving set directions.

Dre: Simplicity provides a fine line between elegance and plainness.

User Review

A woman's love for hip hop grows as she ages and learns the significance behind it as well as who it represents.

Rating: 10/10

My summary of the movie is my opinion. I love this movie because I feel that Sidney Shaw is using a metaphor throughout the whole movie. She is comparing Hip Hop to her best friend Dre, both of which are alike. I find this movie amazing because of all the metaphors found within the movie, that only one can find if they look closely.

For example, when Sidney and Dre are in the store looking at something to buy for her new place, they come across a "vase" and the woman at the store explains to them that many couples enjoy that piece. Later within the movie, you see that that vase is in Sidney's house.

I also enjoy this movie because everything that is said, and everything that is done within the movie has a meaning behind it. Foreshadowing is found everywhere, you just have to look closely enough for it. Nothing in this movie is done without a reason.

Every line said within the movie is said beautifully and has significance behind it. My favourite line within the movie, that I've carried with me ever since I heard it is, "So what is the difference between rap and hip-hop? It's simple. It's like the difference between saying you love somebody and being IN love with somebody. Rap is just a word." When I heard that line, I fell in love with this movie and I had to watch it over again, and I have watched it many times. Each time I find more meanings that I missed the first time. What I like even more about this movie is that they use actual artists in the movie that state their opinion on "When they first fell in love with Hip Hop." "Brown Sugar" spoke to me. It's real. Nothing in it is fake like in the majority of movie's these days which is why I think I enjoy it so much. I recommend this movie to anyone who has a passion about something or to anyone who looks for significant meanings behind anything.

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