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The Wood (1999)

While dealing with a friend's cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends.

Director:

Rick Famuyiwa

Writers:

Rick Famuyiwa (story), Todd Boyd (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elayn J. Taylor ... Roland's Mother (as Elayn Taylor)
Omar Epps ... Mike
Richard T. Jones ... Slim
Sean Nelson ... Young Mike
Duane Finley ... Young Slim
Trent Cameron Trent Cameron ... Young Roland
Malinda Williams ... Young Alicia
Patricia Belcher ... Mrs. Hughes
Taye Diggs ... Roland
Tamala Jones ... Tanya
De'aundre Bonds ... Stacey (as De'Aundre Bonds)
Cynthia Martells ... Mike's Mother
Wyking Jones Wyking Jones ... Cashiers in Mini Mart
Geoffrey Blackshire Geoffrey Blackshire ... Cashiers in Mini Mart
Jascha Washington ... Mike's Brother
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Storyline

On the wedding day of a writer's friend, things aren't looking good when the groom goes missing before the ceremony. During his and his other male friend's effort to retrieve him, that writer named Mike can't help but tell the story of his youth with his friends. Ever since he met them on his first day at a new school, they shared the common experiences of growing up and life's discoveries. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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From boyhood to manhood, you can always count on your best friends.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigos por siempre See more »

Filming Locations:

Inglewood, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,515,223, 18 July 1999

Gross USA:

$25,059,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,059,640
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a recent visit to USC, his alma mater, Rick Famuyiwa revealed that Paramount executives wanted the character of Mike to pinch Alicia's buttocks in the end scene for added laughs. Needless to say, Famuyiwa balked at this and never shot this. The opening Steadicam shot took almost an entire day to shoot. See more »

Goofs

St. Bernard High School is actually located in Los Angeles, Playa Del Ray, California not Inglewood. See more »

Quotes

Roland: Man, why do you always do that? If you want the last piece, why did you ask me if I want the last piece?
Slim: I didn't ask you. But the reason I asked Mike is the same reason you asked Lisa to marry you- it sounds nice, man.
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Connections

References The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Letter
Performed by Imajin
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A simple film
11 February 2006 | by jaronnimoSee all my reviews

This is the type of film that you can just sit back and enjoy. The male leads(Diggs, Epps and Jones) have chemistry as well as their young counterparts. The plot is simple and easy to follow. Roland(Diggs) is about to get married, but chickens out and goes over an old girlfriends house instead.Then Mike(Epps) and Slim(Jones) are sent over there to go get him before the wedding. While getting him sobered up, Mike reminisced on when they first met. This movie is better than movies of the same theme(The Best Man, The Brothers, etc.) because the male leads are more likable and less one dimensional, although Rolands reasons for not wanting to get married aren't explained enough. Also, the girl that plays young Alicia is way too old for the role.

Bottom line, the narrative by Epps is good and it's not riddled with stereotypes. Also, the 80's soundtrack is great and this is an entertaining movie. 7/10


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