Release Date: March 16th, 2007 (AMC Empire 25) by CodeBlack Entertainment.
The Cast: Vanessa Williams, Nashawn Kearse, Tatum O’Neal, Fedro Starr, Christopher Scott, Rodney Henry, Donovan Jennings, Nasser Metcalf.
Directed by Anthony Lover.
BASIC PREMISE: Isaiah (Kearse) struggles to raise money to support him and his mentally-disabled brother, James (Scott), while his dying mother (Williams) tries to get them adopted together.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: My Brother could have been a much more compelling drama with a less clichéd plot and a more focused, organic script. Nashawn Kearse gives a mediocre performance as Isaiah, a young man who tries to make ends meet to support his mentally-disabled brother, James. He get tempted by a life of crime when he delivers mysterious packages for tough Middle Eastern men. In a very contrived subplot, Isaiah meets a young woman, Erica (O’Neal), who admits that she likes him without even really know him. His mother happens to be dying from tuberculosis and can only adopt Isaiah rather than him and his brother together, which further complicated the plot. Unfortunately, writer/director Anthony Lover fails to bring any of the characters to life by making them one-dimensional, clichéd and dull. Vanessa Williams gives the most radiant performance, but her dialogue feels just as stilted and corny as everyone else’s. Too much melodrama can make you feel detached from the drama. The flashback scenes to Isaiah’s childhood do add some well-needed character develop, although none of it helps to make any of this film particularly surprising or memorable.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, other than the importance of giving attention physically and spiritually for your loved ones no matter what.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Stilted, contrived, corny and dull.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 8
IN A NUTSHELL: Vanessa Williams gives a radiant performance in an often contrived, corny, melodramatic and dull plot.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV
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