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Soul Food (1997)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  26 September 1997 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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

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26 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£56,833 (UK) (12 June 1998)

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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When Bird's co-workers are attacking Lem when he comes out the bathroom, he's wearing boxers under his towel. See more »

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Kenny: [after Lem arrives home from jail] So Lem, how you get out, man?
Lem: Honestly, man, I don't know. Somebody talked to somebody, and the charges got dropped.
Maxine: Well, Lem, we're all happy to have you back, brother.
Bird: [happily] That's right! My boo is home!
Teri: Actually, I called in to the D.A's office for a favor.
Lem: [glares at Teri]
Teri: I felt bad.
Lem: You should feel bad! Because of you, I had to spend weeks in jail.
Teri: You should be thankful! Now, you can stay home and take care of your pregnant wife.
Bird: You know what, Teri? ...
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I Said I Love You
Written and Performed by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Touching.
13 May 2000 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I didn't really want to see Soul Food that much but I thought I might as well give it a go. I was fully impressed. I was glued to my seat the whole way through. The acting is superb, the storyline is both funny and touching. It is an unmissable film telling the story of an Afro-American family going through hard times.

Trust me, Soul Food is a good film which left me shocked at how touching and how nice the film was.

My rating : 8/10.


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