The Wood is a funny and heartwarming coming of age film that uses its all star cast effectively instead of wasting them like movies these days tend to do.The Story: Roland Taye Diggs is having cold feet on his wedding day and his friends, Mike Omar Epps and Slim Richard T. Jones try to help him get over it. While they help him overcome his anxiety of getting married, Mike recalls their younger years growing up in Inglewood California. Mike recalls how he first met Slim and Roland and his childhood love Alicia Malinda Williams .Taye Diggs, Omar Epps and Richard T. Jones are all great. The <more>
chemistry they have together makes the movie fun as it moves along. There are a lot of funny moments in this movie when Mike gets beat up by Alicia's brother, The vomit scene,Mike dancing with a plush toy bunny and the dance scene when Mike rises to the occasion and tries to play it off and some warm moments.What I like the most about The Wood is its brutal honesty. The people in this movie are realistically portrayed just like most of Rick Famuyiwa's movies . Now I know most prudes are going to detest how these boys in this movie act but just remember one thing: THEY ARE KIDS! If this movie would have had these youngsters thinking about anything other than girls it wouldn't be realistic. Movies that show us human beings as imperfect will always get slammed by pseudo-intellectual bourgeoisie puppets but who cares what they think.In conclusion The Wood is an excellent coming-of-age movie that is necessary requirement for any fan of Black Cinema. Two Thumbs up.
This movie is funny as hell and something that people living through the 80's can relate to growing up. The dumb stuff you do for the ladies, the competitions among your boys, the fashion, and the music. The soundtrack goes well with the movie. Nuff said.
A Refreshing Look At How Black Movies Should Be Made (by CampLo)
The Wood is an excellent example of how black movies should be. I think The Wood is a refreshing taste to all the depressing so called "black" movies. It does not end with the main character s dying or in jail. Instead three young, talented black actors: Epps, Diggs, Jones paint a funny, but realistic picture of what its like for kids growing up and all of their experiences. Yes, the movie casting is all black, but this movie should not have an asterisk next to it because of its casting. Anyone who thinks otherwise should consider other "great" movies in which no <more>
minorities are included. Overall, The Wood is a good movie with a story line that can be related to people of many different backgrounds and not just blacks. That is why, in my opinion, I think The Wood is a great movie. Congratulations to Omar Epps, Taye Diggs, and Richard T. Jones on making Hollywood see that young black actors can carry a movie in convincing fashion from beginning to end.
The Wood has not received very much attention and PR that many of the other movies have, but it should.The movie is about three best friends who grew up in Inglewood California hence the title - The Wood . The movie actually takes place on the wedding day of one of the friends and two hours before the ceremony, the groom is a no-show. The other two friends manage to track him down and proceed to bring him back.As they bring the groom back to the wedding, the three begin to discuss old times and throughout the movie, flashback is used to show these experiences. Younger actors are used to <more>
depict the current friends and their past experiences are shown to the audience. The acting by all the characters is superb and the flashback technique is used beautifully.The movie shows the relationships develop over the years through the eyes of one of the characters Michael and the humor is sprinkled throughout the movie in well placed and well timed deliveries. This is a very endearing movie that everyone should see but unfortunately, in a summer of either blockbuster or toilet humor movies, this one may get overlooked. For anyone who gets a chance, see this movie. Overall rating 9/10.
Hidden gem: when you've seen the movie, you'll agree with me (by Ernasto)
After I bought the soundtrack in the summer of 1999, with some superb songs by R. Kelly, Ahmad and JOE I wondered what type of movie this was. Absolutely no average ghettomovie. after seeing the pictures in the booklet supplied with the soundtrack I figured it had to be a black contemporary feelgood movie. I decided to import the DVD last year via Canada, as it was only until a few months ago it was released here in the Netherlands, Europe on Region 2 DVD.Two words: unexpected quality! Wow, this movie is indeed a trip to memory, as each 'classic moment' in that movie starts with an <more>
old school jam like "Eric B. Is President", "Juicy Fruit" by Mtume or "Back In Tha Days" by Ahmad, hearing him rapping about the old school days. Very great acting by Sean Nelson makes you realise his method acting is of a high level. Seeing him play in The Wood the younger version of Mike, you wonder if he truly lived in 1985/86?This movie was worth my 20 dollars and I've seen it probably 20-30 times since I own it. It ranks in my list of quality Black Urban movies, among The Best Man, Love Jones and Love & Basketball. I'd love to see more from this director..
Rated R for Language and Some Sexuality The Wood is a pretty unknown film starring Omar Epps and Taye Diggs.The film is in two parts and the film goes back and forth between the two parts.The first part is about a man who has cold feet on his wedding day, so his two childhood friends go looking for him, find him and try talking him into marrying the girl.While doing so, they reminisce about their childhood and how they met.This second part of the film is basically a coming of age teen film which can be compared to the 1978 Isreali film Lemon Popsicle.Both films have funny sexual situations <more>
involving teenagers and a good amount of drama and romance as well.The film is very funny in parts but also has a lot of heart.Its a pretty unknown film but if you can find it, watch it, its a very good film.
wonderful movie and even better soundtrack (by barbaracormeny)
I am searching for the soundtrack and a particular song which has a refrain Higher. I thought it was by Teddy Pendergast but am not sure. And I need to find the album which contains the song. The cast and script was great for it showed how men grow up together and support each other through some tough times. It also developed the character of the parents,the bride and groom,and the close friends around the Wood. Fortunately, the picture of the close families helps keep the movie on track.The mistakes of the bride and groom seem normal in this modern world.The forceful father made it far more <more>
realistic. The diting of the scenes helped it move faster as it began to drag during the scene outside the door when he is being held by the father with his head on the door. At the end when the groom throws out the arm band it was well done and effective.
The Wood is one of the best films aimed at afrcian amercians ever made. The film about friendship between three friends is amazing. Taye Diggs, Omar Epps and Richard T. Jackson are all top notch. The soundtrack repsents the eighties very well and the film has very little violence. This is a movie that any group of guy friends can enjoy.
Consider this film the warm up to The Best Man. (by Amari-Sali)
Though I've seen The Wood in .gif sets and random mentions, due to it being released during the great Black renaissance of film in the 90s, it was never really on my radar. If just because, for one, I was born in the early 90s, and also because between The Best Man, Jason's Lyric, Love & Basketball, and many others, those films were the ones set on a pedestal and heralded as some of the best Black movies of the 90s, if not ever. Making you wonder if The Wood just got swept up because there was so many good movies that what it provided was more so normal than exemplary, or if maybe <more>
it was a disappointment? Hence why despite Omar Epps, Taye Diggs, and Sanaa Lathan being in it, their other movies from the 90s are the go to ones when you bring their names up.Characters & StoryThe story splits the focus between Mike Omar Epps/ Sean Nelson , Slim Richard T. Jones/ Duane Finley , and Roland Taye Diggs/ Trent Cameron . As adults, the focus is Roland's upcoming marriage to Lisa LisaRaye McCoy which he is getting cold feet about. To the point he goes to Tanya's Tamala Jones house, the woman who was his first love, after getting ridiculously drunk. From there, the boys reminisce about how far they have come, when they were making bets about grabbing girls' booties, getting the most numbers, or who would lose their virginity first, to becoming men. Though when the film focuses on the past, Roland isn't the featured character but Mike. Which leads to an about even split between the movie focusing on Roland's problems in the present, and Mike's relationship with his boys, as well as his love interest Alicia Sanaa Lathan/ Malinda Williams . Making for an interesting take on the coming-of-age sub- genre.PraiseBefore I watched this movie, I didn't see The Wood as one of the best films with a Black majority cast, from the 90s or ever, but I felt my opinion was instantly changed as soon as the jokes started rolling in. For with Mike and Slim breaking the 4th wall, and not taking any of Roland's BS, and them cracking jokes on each other, you see a beautiful brotherhood. One which likely suffered some trials and tribulations, but overall I don't think these men could think of anyone else they would want to share their joy or pain with.As for their younger selves, to me that is where the best parts of the movie come from. If just because it seems so rare to find coming of age stories featuring young Black or Brown people which doesn't have heavy handed topics like we saw in Precious or Pariah. And while Alicia's brother was a Blood, there isn't some overdone examinations of gang culture and all that. These young men are just horny teens who want to get with a cute girl, and for Mike, make love to the one who really mattered.CriticismLeading to perhaps the sole issues I have with this movie: Taye Diggs and the storyline of the adult versions of Mike, Slim and Roland. You see, in the film, as noted, the present day features Roland getting cold feet and getting drunk. Something which Taye Diggs doesn't play well in a comical, nor deep, way at all. In fact, he comes off so annoying you really do hope Slim will punch him in the face. Though what is the real problem with Roland is that he seems like an odd person to focus on. If just because Mike is the focus of their early years together and during that time Roland, much less Slim, aren't developed to the point you feel like you should give a damn about them as adults. Also, what doesn't help is Mike is so likable and charismatic that honestly it makes you question why in the adult years are we focused on Roland marrying Lisa? Especially when, after who knows how many years, Mike is getting to see Alicia for the first time. And with their relationship being built up so much when they were kids, the little we get to see when they are adults seems like a wasted opportunity. Add on us meeting Tanya, Roland's first love, and us not fully understanding why they broke up, much less why Roland and Lisa got together, and honestly it makes the story of the adults pale in comparison to what their younger selves have for a story.Overall: TV ViewingWhile certainly the films which are better remembered, and more often named, aren't without issues, they are a bit more consistent. And, in all honestly, despite The Best Man coming out after this movie, this honestly seems like the type of film which wasted a good story that Malcom D. Lee just so happened to have already planned to capitalize on. For getting cold feet before marriage, and having drama on the way to the altar, is a good premise. Especially when you add in this idea of the best man trying to make sure one of their close friends make it to the alter; however, between the kids having a better story than the adults, and Roland being a terrible focus considering how much Mike was built up, I have to label this as TV Viewing. For while the problems of the film certainly don't make this something which shouldn't be considered a classic, it is just the main plot it sort-of focuses on was sadly done better months after its release.