Review Date: March 19, 2001
Director: Gary Hardwick
Writer: Gary Hardwick
Producers: Paddy Cullin, Darin Scott
A perfect example of the film's unevenness is during one scenario in which one character is shooting a gun into a house, and even though it's initially treated as a joke, it's suddenly turned serious, and the whole thing just feels "off". And the final resolutions for all "the brothers" are just resolved too swiftly, like the screenplay couldn't go over a certain amount of pages, and they needed to wrap them all up. Director Gary Hadwick has dubbed this film "Refusing to Exhale", an obvious play on the very successful drama "Waiting to Exhale", but I'm not sure that's entirely a good thing (check out the similar posters too). This movie's got some nice elements going for it, like Shemar Moore's awesome six-pack, many laughs sprinkled throughout and a few clever insights. But unfortunately, all that doesn't make up for the fact that the film basically covers a lot of the stuff we've already seen a thousand times, the fact that the drama/comedy balance is not played out well and the fact that the ending is wrapped up too quickly. I certainly wouldn't tell you to stay away from this one on home video, but even then, don't expect the messiah to come out of your TV screen and change your life. A sub-par entry into the growing market of black professional films, this one doesn't come across as a step up as much as it does a simple step sideways.
Then again, I ain't really this film's target audience, so don't be afraid to tell me to piss off, if this is your cup o' tea... ;) And hey, if you wanna go see it just to google all over Shemar Moore and Morris Chestnut's rippin' abs, don't let me stop you. In fact, both muscular regions scored very high in my books. Damn, I wish I worked out more...