The Brothers Review

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Four successful brothers, African-American professionals, are each running scared from various commitments.

★★★★★

The titular Brothers of this charming romantic comedy are four successful African-American professionals, each running scared from various commitments. Writer/director Hardwick's wry examination of relationships comes from a male POV, but The Brothers doesn't let men off the hook - the women characters are comfortably more intelligent than our heroes - but they are depicted as three-dimensional and likeable people.

Not all the story strands are tied up, there's a lack of dramatic tension, and it's overly talky. But Hardwick has a way with a one-liner and the largely unknown cast are uniformly impressive. It's refreshing to see a film about intelligent, eloquent black people which doesn't deploy the tired old race card.

Not all the strands are tied up, the tension's not always sustained, and the film can be overly talky, but Hardwick and the uniformly unknown cast are impressive.