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Soul Food (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 September 1997 (USA)
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One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

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Teri (as Vanessa L. Williams)
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Maxine
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Bird
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Miles
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Lem
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Ahmad
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Kenny
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Faith
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Simuel
Morgan Méchelle Smith ...
Kelly
John M. Watson Sr. ...
Uncle Pete
M.T. Alexander ...
Jada
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Harome
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Storyline

Matriarch Mama Joe has held her family together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of soul food. When diabetes hospitalizes her, the dinners stop and tensions among her three daughters start to break the family apart. Two of the sisters feud continuously: Teri is jealous of Maxine's marriage and irritated that everyone assumes her corporate salary is open to the rest of the family's uses. Maxine resents Teri's bossiness and insensitivity to family tradition. Bird, the youngest, newly married to an ex-con, accepts a favor from an old lover that leads to her husband's arrest. Mama Joe's grandson Ahmad cooks up a scheme to bring the family together, back to the table. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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26 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A mama főztje  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,197,897 (USA) (26 September 1997)

Gross:

£125,459 (UK) (19 June 1998)
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'Vanessa L. Williams', Vivica A. Fox, and Nia Long all previously starred in _"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990)_ as three very different love interests of Will Smith's character. See more »

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At the beginning of the scene for the Sunday dinner that Ahmad arranged, there is a pitcher of grape or purple Kool-Aid. When the meal starts, the glasses are filled with a red drink. See more »

Quotes

Maxine: [after Bird discovers Lem dancing with his ex at her wedding reception] Now, that's what she gets. Bringing in somebody who ain't got nothing and putting him off on family.
Teri: What do you mean, putting him off on family? How about putting him off on me? I'm the one who paid for this wedding!
Maxine: [rolling her eyes] Teri, why do you ALWAYS have to let everybody know how much you pay for everything?
Teri: Because I DO.
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The Breaks
Written by Robert Ford, Russell Simmons, Lawrence Smith, James B. Moor,
Kurtis Blow (as Kurt Walker)
Performed by Kurtis Blow
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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So True Its Scary
23 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film it reminded me so much of my family I actually got nervous. The story depicted in this film is so true especially in many Black families, especially mine. The story is pretty much about how a family breaks up after the matriarch becomes ill and eventually dies causing rifts to develop due to the fact that the one person who keeps the family grounded is no longer around to mediate disputes and to show love and guidance to the younger generation. This is definitely a wonderful film that should be viewed by every family no matter what race they are.


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