The Brothers

The Brothers Information

The Brothers is a 2001 romantic comedy starring Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy, and Shemar Moore. The film was written and directed by Gary Hardwick, who has directed other films and television series such as Deliver Us From Eva and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper. In addition to the starring cast, The Brothers has an additional cast of Gabrielle Union, Tatyana Ali, Jenifer Lewis, Tamala Jones, and Clifton Powell. Dubbed as the male version to Waiting to Exhale by director Gary Hardwick, this film traces the hilarious journey of four African-American men, as they take on love, sex, friendship and two of life's most terrifying prospects honesty and commitment.

The film touches on comedy, drama, and romance. The film was released in March 2001 and went on to gross almost $30 million at the box office which was considered a great success considering it almost quintupled the cost of the movie's production ($6,000,000). The movie was nominated for NAACP Image Awards and Black Reel Awards, but did not win any of the nominations.

The film was shot at various locations in California and Florida. The sole filming location in California was Los Angeles. The filming locations in Florida were Orlando and South Beach.


Smart, successful and sexy, Jackson Smith (Chestnut), Brian Palmer (Bellamy), Derrick West (Hughley) and Terry White (Moore) are lifelong friends since childhood, banded together to weather love's innate terrors and occasional triumphs in this brazenly comic yet painfully true exploration of the battle between the sexes. Amidst the career track, basketball and bar hopping, they love women, as many as possible, but shocking revelations test the foursome's friendship and changes their dating and relationship habits forever.


Box office

The film opened second at the North American box office making $10.3 million USD in its opening weekend, behind Heartbreakers which opened at the top spot.

Awards and nominations

  • Image Awards
    • Outstanding Motion Picture, (Nominated)
  • Black Reel Awards
    • Theatrical- Best Director, (Nominated) Gary Hardwick
    • Theatrical- Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted), (Nominated) Gary Hardwick
    • Theatrical- Best Supporting Actress, (Nominated) Gabrielle Union

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