Today “Brotherly Love” a coming of age film starring Keke Palmer, Cory Hardrict, and Eric Hill J, along with Lil’ JJ, Quincy Brown, Julito McCullom, Romeo Miller, Macy Gray, and others hit the movie theaters. Hardrict plays the loving older brother doing what he feels he must do to help his younger siblings, Palmer and Hill, get through school. Palmer plays a young girl experiencing love for the first time, while Hill worries about what may happen after high school and if basketball will continue to be in his future.
From beginning to end, the movie had my emotions all over the place. Seeing the irony and pain in June’s (Hardrict) struggle (think Mitch from “Paid in Full”), falling in love with Jackie (Palmer) and Chris (Brown), and anticipating what will become of Serge’s (Hill) future, left me literally in tears by the end of the movie. I think there was a little something everyone can relate to, but with Queen Latifah as one of the executive producers, how could they not? Read what the awesome cast shared during a Q&A with Headkrack from the Rickey Smiley Morning Show.
Cory Hardrict on why he participated in the film.
“When I read the scenes I was like, “Man, this could be cool. It’s for my people. When I read the script, it was on the page, and I said it was something different for me, because I’m used to doing other films, but I wanted to do something for our people to show I could do it, so that was it, and I was like I have to be a part of it.”
You more than did it brother! -SN- from an audience member and we certainly agree!
Lil JJ’ on being a hardcore thug and showing emotion throughout the movie.
“It was an experience, just being around my fellow actors and actresses, just seeing how they were, seeing just different stuff. I definitely had to reach for some tears, but being from Little Rock Arkansas- I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. So a lot of the stuff that happened in the movie, is pretty much stuff that I have experience, so it’s just reaching back to my roots and finding that emotion. People that I know have gotten killed in stuff. It was a good experience for me. I am ready to do some more serious stuff.
Was it like working with family for Keke Palmer?
“Absolutely, absolutely! I worked with Julito McCullum in numerous films and projects, Runaway Love video (with) Ludacris, “Akeelah and the Bee”, “Wool Cap”. I worked with JJ on “Just Jordan”. I mean we grew up with the whole Nickolodeon/Disney thing together. Cory actually auditioned for “Akeelah and the Bee” to play Lee Thompson Young, my older brother character, and he ended up not getting it, but I have always loved him. I remember I was like, “Gosh, I want to marry that man,” as a little kid. Eric, I just met him, but it was a cool experience for me. I feel like the best way to explain it is, it was fate. I remember when I read the script, I was by myself, and I was just into it, into it, into it. When I got to that last page, honey, I tell you, tears were falling from my eyes something crazy. I felt something so strong, and I said I have got to do this film no matter what. Then when I got there, and saw all these-my mom was like, “Girl you won’t believe who they cast!” And I’m like, “Who girl?” “JJ”. I’m like, “Whoa!” Then she called me the next day and was like, “Girl you won’t believe who they cast!” I’m like, “Who?” “Julito” I’m like, “Oh my gosh!” So it is no coincidence, it was definitely meant to be.”
Eric Hill on making the movie believable.
“What was so crazy is that the whole movie felt so real. I remember when we were shooting it, it was like to the point when Julito stepped on set, I was like, “Yo, you might not want to go talk to Cory. June (Cory’s character) not messing with you.”
If you don’t do anything else this weekend, go support this film, because we need more like it. Plus, the cast just looks so great! Let me know what you think, because I cried all over again just going back listening to the recorded Q&A.