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Soul Food (1997)

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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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Cast

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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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Release Date:

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

Mekhi Phifer, who played Lem, was at one point married to Malinda Williams, who plays Bird in the cable series. 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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Boondocks: The Itis (2006) See more »

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Written by Maurice White, Al McKay and Alice Willis
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Family Love
24 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I totally enjoyed this movie. It had me full of emotion and rubbing my belly all at the same time. It's hard to understand why all families cannot sit down and enjoy times like the Joseph family had. Lem getting arrested, Teri & Max at each others throats, Mama Joe's illness, and Faith and Myles' bad deed really tested that love. This was a film that brought to light about hard times and rising above them. One person can make a difference. Ahmad proved that by getting the whole family back for "sunday dinner." It is always a silver lining to a negative situation. That food would definitely bring me back! We need more of these times in today's world. Forget materials things, love is bigger.


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