Soul Men

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The Weinstein Company Released 2008

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Director:
Malcolm D. Lee
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
Soul Men is the 2008 comedy hit with a musical edge that pushes it ahead of other comedies of the same ilk. In the early 70s, soul group Marcus Hooks and the Real Deal become extremely popular and sell over six million records. But by 1977, Hooks recognizes his superior talents and decides to go solo ' leaving his partners Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac) and Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) to struggle with the loss of stardom well into their old age. Floyd is now retired and discouraged with his mundane life. When Marcus Hooks dies, Floyd is approached by VH1 to reunite with Louis to do a tribute song at Hooks' exuberant Apollo Theater funeral. Bitter and cranky, especially at the memory of Floyd's affair with his wife, Louis is eventually convinced to journey cross-country with Henderson for the promise of money attached to their big performance. During the road trip the duo has the opportunity to brush up on their singing (having been absent from the spotlight for 30 years), confront unexpected reunions with the past, and initiate run-ins with the law ' but nothing will stop their quest to get back in the spotlight.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This movie has a lot of good music in it, some on the soundtrack, some on the screen. Jackson and Bernie Mac have enormous fun doing intricate dance moves together.

  • 70

    Variety Brian Lowry

    There's a nice chemistry between Mac and Samuel L. Jackson in this latest variant of the road movie, which contains comedic elements but actually works better as a drama.

  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A raucous, rambling comedy, offering some laughs, some groans and a feast for fans of the musical idioms it mocks and celebrates.

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