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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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

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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Have I Never
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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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