By Leah Rozen
August 02, 1999 12:00 PM

Taye Diggs, Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones

Wedding day, and the groom has gone AWOL. His two best friends, duded up in yellow-vested tuxes, find him drunk at the home of an old girlfriend, then try to sober him up and get him back to the furious bride-to-be. En route, they lapse in and out of flashback memories of growing up together in the ’80s, from junior high on, in Inglewood, Calif.—hence the title of this sentimental comedy. A few raunchy scenes suggest an African-American version of American Pie, but more often the film gets stalled in the unfocused glow of nostalgia.

The adult cast makes for an attractive ensemble—Diggs, who plays the groom, is one of the best-looking actors in movies today—but none of the grownups seem connected to their adolescent counterparts. And I never did figure out why Diggs (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) ran away from the altar in the first place. (R)

Bottom Line: Lost in The Wood