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PG-13 | | Romance, Comedy, Drama | 11 October 2002 (USA)
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Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.

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Rick Famuyiwa

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Michael Elliot (story), Michael Elliot (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taye Diggs ... Andre Romulus 'Dre' Ellis
Sanaa Lathan ... Sidney 'Syd' Shaw
Yasiin Bey ... Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon (as Mos Def)
Nicole Ari Parker ... Reese Marie Wiggam Ellis
Boris Kodjoe ... Kelby Dawson
Queen Latifah ... Francine
Wendell Pierce ... Simon
Erik Weiner ... Ren
Reg Wyns Reg Wyns ... Ten (as Reggi Wyns)
Melissa Martinez Melissa Martinez ... Meghan
Aaliyyah Hill Aaliyyah Hill ... Young Sidney
Marc John Jefferies ... Young Dre
Venida Evans ... Older Woman
Breece Wilson Breece Wilson ... Woman
Brette Taylor ... Woman 2
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Storyline

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. Written by PhatBleek

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The rhythm, the love, the beat...and you don't stop. See more »

Genres:

Romance | Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Used to Love Her See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,738,882, 13 October 2002

Gross USA:

$27,363,891

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,316,451
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe are not only married in real life, but also play love interests on Soul Food (2000). See more »

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During the scene where Sidney and Dre are walking through The Mall in Central Park, you can hear someone giving set directions. See more »

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Dre: Simplicity provides a fine line between elegance and plainness.
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Mildly diverting but doesn't really cut it
27 July 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Dre and Sidney have grown up friends and matured through their shared love of hip hop music. Now in their late twenties, he is an executive of Millennium Records while she is the editor of XXL. Dre's marriage sparks deep feelings within Sidney, which she battles to control. However changes in both their lives in terms of love and the direction of their relationship with hip hop, brings about choices they both must make.

Before this film had finished production I had spotted on imdb that artists such as Common, Talib Kweli and Mos Def were in this movie and I was looking forward to see it. I saw it today as my wife is a fan of Diggs and must say that I was left feeling slightly underwhelmed. As a romantic comedy it is surprisingly light on both romance and comedy. The tangled web of `do they love each other, don't they love each other' loses steam long before it reaches the end of the film and the prominence of cheating in the story is a turn off. It still sort of works but not as well or as compelling as in other films – the fact that both of the lovers get involved in marriage caused me to be less supportive of them becoming a couple (which is important for a rom-com to get right).

In terms of laughs the film is pretty thin and it only got a few laughs out of me. It is all reasonably amiable but this doesn't make it funny. The best laughs came from minor support characters rather than the main story, which is far too busy talking about hip hop or looking sad over unfulfilled love.

In terms of hip hop, I was expectant after the film opened with talking heads from many famous artists, including several whom I'll buy anything they release. However after this opening the music is only really referred to in a dull voice over by Lathan. The film does make good swipes at modern hip hop (particularly funny and barbed is The Hip Hop Dalmatians) but it is nowhere near at transferring the effect of the music as, say, 8 Mile or Slam were. The soundtrack is really lacking in strong joints and hip hop is only given the stage briefly when Mos Def performs at a show. Strange then that this film claims to be about hip hop as much as it is about romance.

The cast are pretty good even though the material is not quite as good. Diggs is not given good dialogue and his constant hip hop talk doesn't always sound natural when he says it. Lathan is a lot more comfortable and is better, although again, she is held back by a depressingly over-sentimental voice over. The two together do have chemistry and it is a shame that the plot wasn't set up better to use this. Mos Def is the star of this film and it is a shame that he is only given a little screen time. He has the funniest scenes and when he is talking to Kelby about being a rap coach and, later, romancing Francine, he shows real astute comic touches in his performance. Likewise Latifah is good and about a million times better than she was in the woeful Brining Down The house – here the support role suits her.

Overall I felt that his film didn't really succeed at anything it tried but was still watchable and quite enjoyable nonetheless. The romance was too confused by marriages etc to really work well and to get the audience behind it and the comedy never really arrived apart from a perfect performance by Mos Def. The whole hip hop thing meanwhile, could be viewed as under-served or simply a marketing gimmick depending on how cynical you are.


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