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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
Brandon Hammond ...
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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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:

£56,833 (UK) (12 June 1998)

Gross:

£125,459 (UK) (19 June 1998)
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Trivia

Irma P. Hall is the only cast member who reprised their role in the cable series. See more »

Goofs

When Lem is sitting in the living room talking to Kenny at his house, you can see a light from the camera visible in the window behind them. See more »

Quotes

Bird: I just wanted to say thank you for always being there and supporting me.
Maxine: You're my sister, girl.
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Referenced in The Boondocks: The Itis (2006) See more »

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Don't Stop What You're Doing
Written by Lil' Kim (as K. Jones), Ron Lawrence (as R. Lawrence),
Sean Combs (as S. Combs), Lonnie Simmons (as L. Simmons), Alisa P. Yarbrough (as A.P. Yarbrough) & Jonah Ellis (as J. Ellis)
Performed by Sean Combs (as Puff Daddy) featuring Lil' Kim (as Lil' Kim)
Courtesy of Bad Boy Records / Arista Records
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Good, would see it again.
21 April 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The actors do a great job. It basically lays problems right out on the table which instead of ignoring problems that a lot of families are used to doing, this movie casts these things out to give us a sense that problems should be worked out. It follows the theme of how one should see that "family is a commitment to one another and not an obligation" very well.


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