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Plot: Though it's been some twenty years since they have spoken with one another, two estranged soul-singing legends agree to participate in a reunion performance at the Apollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader. Runtime: 100 mins Release Date: 07 Nov 2008
A soulful comedy for all tastes (by DunnDeeDaGreat)
I had a chance to see an advance screening of Soul Men and I must say it's a highly enjoyable comedy that's a true testament to the comedic skills of both Samuel L. Jackson and the late great Bernie Mac. The trailer pretty much explains the plot, so there's no need to go into detail here but I will say that more than music the film for me was about the friendship between the characters portrayed by Mac & Jackson. Jackson who in my opinion has never handled lead comedic roles very well has a chance to shine here. As for Mac in his last role he's in top form and the comedic <more>
chemistry of the two is reminiscent of the Bill Cosby & Sidney Poitter vehicles of the seventies. As for the supporting roles Affion Crockett has a few scene stealing moments and the lovely Sharon Leal continues to make a name for herself. The direction by Malcolm D. Lee is sharp and on par with his previous films Roll Bounce & Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, while the script by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone is the duo's best script since 1999's Life. Watching the end credits of the film which is a heart warming tribute to Mac we given in a chance to look into a man who was more than a comic but an entertainer who loved his craft. Soul Men is a film filled with plenty of soul and is easily one of Mac's best films.
I just returned from seeing "Soul Men". I laughed so hard. Samuel L Jackson is such a versatile actor. I love him in so many movies. Sam and Bernie played well off each other. And please stay for the credits because there is some scenes of Bernie being interviewed and doing his comedy act. He uses the f word in his act.It was very funny seeing Sam in corn rows and with the gray in them. That alone is worth seeing.It was very nice that they dedicated the movie to Bernie Mac and Issac Hayes who died one day apart from each other. They will both be missed.Samuel keep on making these <more>
My wife and I saw this movie on opening day and it was good! It was also good to see Bernie, Isaac, and Sam in this movie. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard! My wife told me to stop laughing so loud and hard I was disturbing the other people in the theater...what a funny show. I will truly miss Bernie and Isaac they are a part of my life forever. Toooo Funny: What a wining movie for the audience. We are hoping that this movie breaks box office record for the cast of this movie since it was so entertaining. Good luck to the producer and his team. I would appreciate getting a poster of the <more>
the movie to hang on the wall in my house. Great show!
It's not just a comedy, it's a tribute to our favorite soul men, Issac Hayes and Bernie Mac. Bernie Mac for his in your face style of comedy. And Hayes for his soulful singing voice, and his best remembered as the Duke in Escape From New York 1981 , and has the voice of the chief on South Park. It a real sadness that there not with us anymore. But we'll always remember you Issac Hayes 1942-2008, and Bernie Mac 1957-2008.The story begins when two former singers Named Floyd Henderson Bernie Mac , and Louis Hinds Samuel L. Jackson in the seventies where in a group called The Real <more>
Deal. Now thirty years later, after learning about one of there partners named Marcus Hooks John Legend , died of a heart attack. Despite a little old grudges with each other, Floyd and Louis decide to re-team anyway. But during a trip that might encounter misadventure. will they make it without killing each other first.This was funny as ever, Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac are like the perfect comedy team, they had great comic chemistry, it's a real sadness they won't team up again. It had funny slapstick, and great music also. Please don't miss it. Sure it drops a lot of F bombs, and it has some raunchy humor, but it never gets boring or stupid for a second.
A very good enjoyable movie all the way through (by robertallenandersonjr)
Soul Men was surprisingly very funny. The movie did look funny but turned out to be funny all they way through the movie. It started out funny and got funnier and funnier. I had a fun time laughing and was refreshing laughs and original jokes. The language in the movie was terrible that they used but made the movie funnier in ways. This was definitely not a good movie for kids to see because of all the adult humor in the movie. I enjoyed myself for the most part. The acting was very good. Bernie Mac was good in it and it was nice to see him in his last movie. Samuel L. Jackson was just as <more>
funny and was more serious. They were two friends that were singers in the same band that always fought. They had two completely different personalities which made the movie enjoyable. The music was very good as well. The story was a little boring but turned out good enough. Overall I would recommend this movie to many adults that have great humor because this movie has lots of it.
"Soul Men" is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. The chemistry between Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson could not have been planned better. I was left wondering if they had indeed known each other in real life for thirty-plus years. Admittedly, I am a Bernie fan; his TV show was the best sitcom on the air. Mac's habit of addressing "America" was fresh and highly entertaining.There are some elements of "Soul Men" that reminded me of the older movie, "The Blues Brothers". Aging musicians, one an ex-con, looking to put the old band back <more>
together and taking a cross-country road trip in the process all conspired to make the analogy inevitable. But Soul Men has a very different pathos and a richer theme. The language at times is uncomfortably rough, but hey; these are two guys, and the roughness is never gratuitous.There are many moments that were so uproariously funny, I can't recall the last time I have laughed so hard. There are comedians, very successful ones, that can become somewhat grating after a very short time. Not so Bernie Mac. Bernie is so easy to relate to, he makes the commonplace seem like a new adventure. A new, very funny adventure. Toothless barflies, AARP, a crooked nephew, the entertainment industry, aging, paternity confusion, and an interesting portrayal of gangster rap are all fair targets in this unexpectedly great movie. The pacing is fast and steady, and while the plot is a little derivative, Bernie Mac and Samuel L Jackson make it work wonderfully.The only faults I found in this movie mainly had to do with continuity. Nit pickers will have a field day. But for people like me, people who like decent movies and like Bernie Mac and Samuel Jackson, these puny things matter not.This is not family entertainment. Leave the kids, the prudes, and the self-righteous at home. If you enjoy the comedy styling of Bernie Mac, and you enjoy A-list performers like Samuel L. Jackson, you are going to have a great time.
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Soul Men was a film that was racked with problems right from the start. Originally the film kept getting pushed back because of a law suit by the R&B group, Sam & David, which claimed it to be a farce on their life story. The group also accused the producers of copyright infringement for using their style and the title of one of their songs, "Soul Man". The law suit was finally settled and the movie was released in 2008. Then, days before the films release, two of it's stars, Bernie Mac and Issac Hayes, died on back to back days, a tragedy that created a public relations <more>
nightmare. For those reasons, this film wasn't widely distributed or advertised, which is a shame because it was one terrific film. The story starts 30 years after a legendary R&B group, Marcus Hooks & The Real Deal, broke up. We see the remaining members, Samuel L. Jackson in trouble with the law, and Bernie Mac, living in a retirement community, when they learn about the sudden death of Hooks. Record executives, quick to capitalize on his death, organize a tribute show at the Apollo in New York, and invite the Real Deal to participate. This means that two men who hate each other and haven't performed in almost 30 years, need to get their act together in a hurry if they want the big pay day and a chance at a come back. The film is an absolute riot, with Mac as the old lonely man and Jackson as the bitter forgotten convict. Their chemistry was nothing short of amazing and the big surprise was that both men can actually sing and dance! Even though they must have said mother f'er about a thousand times, I found the film to be very clever, funny, and original. If it wasn't for all the problems it had, this movie would have done much better than it did and it is without a doubt, worth watching.
I was not expecting a very good movie, but this turned out to be pretty well done. The plot was an old story, but they did a very good job keeping it fresh and not distractingly predictable. This would have been awful in the hands of anybody other than Bernie Mac and Samuel Jackson. Mac's expressions and his earnestness in selling a gag are irrepressible and Jackson knows when to be a straight man and when to deliver something special. Another re-write and some stronger direction would have made this a classic.During credits they run extended outtakes and an interview with Mac and it is <more>
handled with love and respect and it took the potentially creepy feeling of "their last appearance" away.
This is a really entertaining movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac. Jackson plays Louis Hinds and Mac plays Floyd Henderson, estranged soul singers who come out of retirement to be part of a tribute concert at the legendary Appollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader John Legand . The two haven't spoken to each other for 25 years, but are reluctantly willing to make the cross country drive to pay their respects. Out of shape and out of practice, Floyd makes arrangements to stop for a few warm-up shows along the trip. SOUL MEN is full of humor and solid soul <more>
music. The F-bomb is dropped so many times you lose count. For some maybe too much. The additional sexual content makes for a solid R rating.Also in the cast: Isaac Hayes, Sharon Leal, Adam Herschman, Jennifer Coolidge and Sean Hayes. I enjoyed the scenes shot in Memphis and also the fact the movie was dedicated to Bernie and Isaac; they will both be greatly missed.