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With: Taye Diggs, Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones, Sean Nelson, Trent J. Cameron, Duane Finley, Malinda Williams, Patricia Belcher, Sanaa Lathan
Written by: Rick Famuyiwa, based on a story by Todd Boyd, Rick Famuyiwa
Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa
MPAA Rating: R for strong language and some strong sexuality
Running Time: 106
Date: 07/14/1999

The Wood (1999)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The Wood is a charming and stirring little movie, and much better than its trailer would lead you to believe. First-time writer/director Rick Famuyiwa weaves a story of three friends during two time periods. In the present day, Roland (Taye Diggs) is about to get married but has cold feet. His two best friends Mike (Omar Epps) and Slim (Richard T. Jones) boost his courage and reminisce about their junior high days, with younger actors playing the three roles. Although the movie is about Inglewood ("the wood" for short), the stories are remarkably universal.

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