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"The Brothers," "Say It Isn't So," "Heartbreakers," and on video "The Legend of Bagger Vance"

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!B! "The Brothers"!B! "Say It Isn't So"!B! "Heartbreakers" !B! Now on Video:!B! "The Legend of Bagger Vance"

"The Brothers" — This all-male response to "Waiting To Exhale" is often hilarious — and always politically incorrect. Both sexes trade insults, jabs, jibes and tender moments as if the battle of the sexes had started today. African-American and male-centric, the movie stars Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy and Shemar Moore as professional men on the cusp of turning 30. One's married — he "had" to — while the others are gleefully unattached. But the group dynamic takes a nose dive when Moore's character announces his engagement.

As they struggle with his decision, we get to see what each man's life is really like. Chestnut's doctor has terrible nightmares about marriage and blames his own parents' divorce. Bellamy's lawyer is just a dawg. And Hughley's Derrick is a husband who feels he's not getting what he deserves in the bedroom. Raucous and real, the title may be "The Brothers," but the sisters have their say, too. Oh, brother, do they!

"Say It Isn't So" — Although this comic romp about incest carries their names, the Farrelly Brothers neither wrote nor directed this latest entry in the lowest-common-denominator wars. And it shows. Painfully. This exercise in bad taste and grossness woodenly apes the Farrelly style, but fails to be even one-tenth as funny.

This one's about Gilly ("American Pie's" Chris Klein), an animal shelter employee who falls in love with a gorgeous but inept hairdresser (a terribly unfunny Heather Graham). But their sweet young love takes a terrible turn when she proves to be his sister! Or is she? This time the jokes about dead animals, bodily fluids, incest and every other taboo imaginable fall flatter than the road kill Gilly spends his days cleaning up.

"Heartbreakers" — Max (Sigourney Weaver) and her daughter Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt) live the good life by preying on men's weaknesses for the opposite sex. Max tricks wealthy men into marriage, then daughter Page seduces them. Except now the IRS wants a cut of the action. Also gumming up their plans is last hubby Dean (Ray Liotta) who refuses to stop loving Max. As the two gals stake out their big score — Gene Hackman as a tobacco tycoon dying from a respiratory disease — true love makes an appearance.

Page does the unthinkable, falling in love with Jack (Jason Lee), a nice guy whose bar sits on a valuable piece of land. Although everyone invests a lot of energy in their roles, it's far more than this tedious material deserves. Other than a few funny sight gags and Love Hewitt's natural assets, there's little to recommend.

"The Legend of Bagger Vance" — Boy does this sentimental golf fable from director Robert Redford miss the cut. Matt Damon stars as Rannulph Junuh, an amateur golf champion who's married to southern belle Charlize Theron. But when he returns shellshocked from World War I, Junuh quits the game and disappears. Our hero gets a shot at redemption with the help of mysterious caddy Bagger Vance (Will Smith), who decides to help Junuh regain his grip — on both his clubs and his life.

Despite being gorgeous to look at, with its Roaring '20s period details, the film's metaphorical message feels silly and pretentious because every character is a stereotype.

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