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- fashionpassionf...Feb 10, 2009by
A SOUL TO SHOW
Features Acotrs: Bernie Mac, Samuel Jackson, John Legend, Sharon Leal & Monyetta Shaw
Running Time:100 Min.
Floyd Henderson (Mac) and Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) are former R&B legends who sang backup in a trio which a generation ago enjoyed a string of chart-topping hits. However, the group disbanded after front man Marcus Hooks (John Legend) decided to pursue a solo career. Floyd and Louis then tried touring as a duo, but a love triangle with a woman named Odetta (Monyetta Shaw) led to their breakup and quick slide into obscurity.
Now, 20 years later, Marcus has just died and the music industry is planning a big tribute concert to him at the Apollo Theater in five days. Floyd sees this as an opportunity to mount a comeback. So, he shows up unannounced at Louis' home to find that his estranged partner's still wants nothing to do with him, at least until a promise of a 60-40 split of the $40,000 purse.
With Louis conveniently afraid of flying, the two agree to drive cross country from L.A. to New York in what else but a classic convertible, a staple of the road genre. A concatenation of calamities invariably ensues en route, and the plot thickens when our heroes rendezvous with Cleo (Sharon Leal), an aspiring-singer who might be the long-lost daughter of one of them. Cleo accepts their offer to join the group and the trio arrives at the Apollo with the paternity issue conveniently being resolved right on time to give dearly-departed Marcus a glorious sendoff.
Shamelessly borrowing elements from The Blues Brothers, Thelma & Louise and Trains, Planes and Automobiles and other buddy flicks, this rollicking road comedy makes up for its lack of originality with an earthy enthusiasm and infectious energy likely to endear it with any audience. Another plus is the sense of nostalgia generated by the movie's postscript affectionately acknowledging the passing of both Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes.You'll laugh here and there at the outrageous antics of Bernie and Sam, given their screen chemistry and larger than life personas. Hope this helps you decide.Thanks for reading! :)Read full review
- rucker1560Dec 12, 2015by
This is such a funny movie😊😊great DVD
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned
- rhodescabbinApr 17, 2009by
Soul Men Has Plenty Of Laughter And Warmth For The Soul
What a Brilliant way for Bernie Mac to, ever so sadly, leave us to early...Samuel L Jackson and Bernie Mac team up for a hilarious duo on a road trip to pay final respects for their friend who was once the lead singer in their soul trio singing group and went solo leaving Bernie and Samuel in the dust to live off royalties the next 30 years.
Its a heart ache to have lost Bernie at such a young age and at the height of his career. His talent shines in this movie brighter than ever before and to see Bernie and Samuel as a comedy team, how easily there would have been a Soul Men II as this movie will no doubt be a classic. Does contain plenty of harsh language and some sex scenes very brief nudity and some hilarious Viagra scenes. The movie wraps up at the famous Apollo theater with Isaac Hayes and Bernie on stage side by side. I give this film a 5 for having all the elements of a masterpiece film.Read full review
- jrw2mnmMar 05, 2010by
I liked that this was last movie made by Bernie and Isaac prior to their untimely passings. It was very funny and Samuel Jackson really was great in a comedic role.
- willis1688Aug 07, 2011by
this thing is making me write a review and it has to be at least 100 characters for them to accept it which i think is a bunch of bleep bleep. Now the movie, hilarious.