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Soul Food (1997)

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
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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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:

$43,490,057 (USA) (23 January 1998)
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Trivia

'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 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

Kenny: [after Teri threatens to sell Big Mama's house] Now, Teri, your mother worked hard to keep that house in the family! For you, and your family...
Teri: Oh, fuck the family! I let the family into my house, and you know what happened? The family fucked my husband.
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A Song for Mama
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for ECAF Productions, Inc.
Performed by Boyz II Men (as Boyz II Men)
Boyz II Men appear courtesy of Motown Records
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FOOD FOR THE SOUL
13 April 2003 | by See all my reviews



I think Soul Food does more than reveal a truly selfish brood of sisters (Williams, Fox, Long). Through the eyes of a child, it looks at family and blood values and finds them strong enough to beat any adversity. These are real people with real problems (unemployment, depression, desires, frustrations, goals and greed), there is no logic in those situations. You work with the essentials and learn as you go along. The sisters learn to accept each other's kinks and twists, even if it means swallowing their pride. This truly is food for the soul.

A searching movie!!!




















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