Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the private screening of the much talked about movie, “Brotherly Love.” Going in to the theater, I really didn’t know what to expect, but I must say, by the end of the night, I was pleasantly surprised.
Written and directed by Jamal Hill, and produced by Queen Latifah, this independent film is definitely a breath of fresh air. It’s ironic, because the film is heart wrenching, and at some points hard to watch, but really, at the core of it all, it’s a story about love. The movie takes place in the rough streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of the main characters “June”, played by the uber talented Mr. Cory Hardrict, forces the audience to confront a lot of painful truths in the film. “Jackie”, played by KeKe Palmer, offers a young, vibrant energy, but even a girl like her can’t shake the harsh realities that surround her every day.
This is a story about power, family, ego, struggle, pain, joy, and love; truly an emotional roller coaster for me. Likened to cult classics such as Cooley High, Cornbread, Earl and Me, and Juice, Brotherly Love takes viewers to a place we haven’t gone to in quite some time. This movie is highly recommended by ME!
The cast included KeKe Palmer (Jackie), Cory Hardrict (June), Romeo Miller (Sean), Eric D. Hill, Jr. (Sergio), Macy Gray (Mrs. Taylor), Quincy Brown (Chris Collins), Julito McCullum (Kram), and James Charles Lewis (Peanut).
(Karma & Cory Hardrict) (Brotherly Love)
After the movie was over, the audience got the chance to ask the cast some questions, (this portion was hosted by Headkrack of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show) and here’s what happened:
Cory Hardrict on first getting the script:
“I read the script. It was something different for me. I wanted to do something for our people, to show that I could do it.”
Eric Hill, Jr on Philly and what he wanted people to take away from the movie:
“I loved the chesesteaks. Everybody loved the water ice.”
“I want people to know you have options. Your choices affect you.”
James Lewis on the set:
“On set everything felt so real. I was like, ‘You might not wanna go talk to Cory. June ain’t messin’ with you, fam.'”
KeKe on getting the script and the hardest scene to perform:
“It was fate when I read the script. I got to the last page and tears were streaming down my face. I just HAD to do the movie.”
Julito McCullum on advice to up and coming actors:
“Always be prepared. If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready. Derek Luke met Denzel at Blockbuster. He had his headshot on him and he got Antwone fisher out of it.”
Julito, who also starred in the popular TV series, The Wire says he’ll be stepping out of the “thug” roles very soon in a new HBO miniseries where he’ll be playing a social worker. But he admits, “I like the playing the bad guy. Bad guys have all the fun.”
Brotherly Love hits theaters April 24th. Definitely make your way to the theaters and see it. You won’t be disappointed!