7.0/10
7,858
48 user 18 critic

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 »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Brothers (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Four friends begin to question women and relationships when one of them announces impending nuptials.

Director: Gary Hardwick
Stars: Morris Chestnut, Shemar Moore, D.L. Hughley
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman
Soul Food (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Stars: Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long
The Best Man (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Just before best friend's wedding, the life of Chicago writer becomes crazy when the friend guesses that new book's story based on his bride's fervent past.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Stars: Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut
Love Jones (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Mosley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "... See full summary »

Director: Theodore Witcher
Stars: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An observable, fast-talking party man Darnell Wright, gets his punishment when one of his conquests takes it personally and comes back for revenge in this 'Fatal Attraction'-esque comic ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Lawrence
Stars: Martin Lawrence, Lynn Whitfield, Regina King
Jason's Lyric (1994)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two brothers, survivors of family tragedy, take different life paths: one falls for a high-spirited waitress and dreams of success, the other follows a life of petty crime. Their lives reconnect in shattering fashion.

Director: Doug McHenry
Stars: Allen Payne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bokeem Woodbine
Brown Sugar (2002)
Romance | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Stars: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Yasiin Bey
Set It Off (1996)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Desperation drives four inner-city women to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting each other.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Stars: Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Stella is a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco stock broker who is persuaded by her colorful New York girlfriend Delilah to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Stars: Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg
Baby Boy (2001)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years, even though he's got a child of his own. Romantically, he's having ... See full summary »

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Alexsandra Wright, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »
Edit

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

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While writing his screenplay, Rick Famuyiwa worked fulltime at the Beverly Hills branch of Niketown. See more »

Goofs

At Tanya's apartment, Roland throws his tie at Slim when he attacks him. In the following shot, he is seen wearing it. 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.
See more »

Connections

References Silver Spoons (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Ya'll Know Who
Performed by The Roots
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pleasant Surprise
17 July 1999 | by Rhino RoverSee all my reviews

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 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.


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 48 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed