This ‘Brotherly Love’ feels phony

Set in and around a Philadelphia high school and cast with actors who are uniformly in their 20s, this movie feels artificial from the start. It’s narrated by Jackie (Keke Palmer) who lets out a stream of information about a dozen characters at once. And she keeps chattering as she falls in tedious love with the much wealthier Chris (Quincy Brown).

The nighttime scenes have a dreamy street-lit look; the banter of the characters can be funny; Macy Gray has a raspy realness as Jackie’s and her brother June’s alcoholic mother.

But typical of the punches pulled is June (Cory Hardrict), who is “providing” for the family in an illegal way that “Brotherly Love” coyly refuses...

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Apr 23rd 2015
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