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Soul Men
- Samuel L. Jackson

Overview - Malcolm Lee, director of upbeat family fare such as WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS and ROLL BOUNCE, takes a slightly raunchier tack for his uproarious buddy comedy, SOUL MEN. The late Bernie Mac gives one of his final performances as Floyd Henderson, a retired back-up singer for a ‘60s soul act known as the Real Deal.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Malcolm Lee, director of upbeat family fare such as WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS and ROLL BOUNCE, takes a slightly raunchier tack for his uproarious buddy comedy, SOUL MEN. The late Bernie Mac gives one of his final performances as Floyd Henderson, a retired back-up singer for a ‘60s soul act known as the Real Deal. When the group's lead singer, Marcus Hooks--played by real-life soul singer John Legend--suddenly drops dead, the two remaining members of the group, Henderson and Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson), are enlisted to play a tribute concert at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. Hinds, an ex-convict trying his best to stay out of the limelight, is persuaded by Henderson to drive cross-country for the chance to re-ignite his music career. The classic comedic trope of road-trip antagonism reaches new heights as the pair curse and claw at each other for the entire voyage, taking occasional breaks to stage impromptu roadside rehearsals and other, less PG-rated misadventures. Throughout, Mac's formidable skills at slapstick play against Jackson's no-nonsense, tough guy demeanor--a veneer that, at times, cracks enough to reveal some genuinely tender moments between the two. But SOUL MEN's final, most poignant postscript is a cameo by fallen soul legend Isaac Hayes--who, coincidentally, died the same week as Bernie Mac--casting a bittersweet pall over the film's enjoyably comic shenanigans.

Cast List

David T. Friendly - Producer
Stanley Clarke - Composer
Sharon Leal - Actor, DREAMGIRLS, (2006)
Robert Ramsey - SCREENWRITER
Bernie Mac - American comedian/actor, THE BERNIE MAC SHOW
Matthew Stone - SCREENWRITER
Malcolm D. Lee - Filmmaker, Cousin of Spike
John Legend - Neo-Soul Artists
Sean Hayes - American television actor, WILL & GRACE
Sean P. Hayes - American television actor, WILL & GRACE
Charles Castaldi - Producer, THE BETTER MAN
Samuel L. Jackson - American actor, PULP FICTION
Adam Herschman - Actor, ACCEPTED, (2006)
Matthew F. Leonetti - Director of Photography, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Matthew Leonetti - Director of Photography, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Bob Weinstein - Prod./Screenwriter/Director
Robert Weinstein - Prod./Screenwriter/Director
Harvey Weinstein - Film producer
Mark McNair - Executive producer
Isaac Hayes - American Singer/Songwriter
Steve Greener - Producer
Steven Greener - Producer
Affion Crockett - Actor
Jennifer Coolidge

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 98
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 796019818070
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for pervasive language, and sexual content including nudity)
  • Release Date: August 2011

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Music (General)
Theatrical Release
Soul
R&B/Soul
New York City
Road Movies

 
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Reviews:
"[I]t works surprisingly well. Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac make a winning duo in the bawdy buddy road-trip picture SOUL MEN." - 11/07/2008 USA Today


"[T]he laughs build and you realize that Mac is pulling them out of some unseen top hat." - 11/07/2008 Los Angeles Times


"SOUL MEN is a raucous, rambling comedy....[T]he soundtrack of well-made soul covers and the cruder music of Mr. Jackson and Mr. Mac's foulmouthed one-upmanship provide a measure of satisfaction." - 11/07/2008 New York Times


"[Mac and Jackson] appear to be having a ball doing the musical numbers, which are infectious....[The film] manages to hit just enough of the right notes to serve as a respectable coda to Mac's legacy." - 11/03/2008 Variety


"[Mac and Jackson] appear to be having a ball doing the musical numbers, which are infectious....[The film] manages to hit enough of the right notes to serve as a respectable coda to Mac's legacy." - 11/03/2008 Variety


"SOUL MEN is a chance to salute these masters of mirth and music. Take it." - 11/13/2008 Rolling Stone, p.101


"This contemporary riff on THE SUNSHINE BOYS generally manages to succeed...thanks to the entertaining performance by Mac and co-star Samuel L. Jackson and its generous doses of raucous humor and sweet soul music." - 11/03/2008 Hollywood Reporter

 
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