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Soul Food (1997) Poster

(1997)

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Teri: As far as you're concerned, I'm an ATM. Automatically Teri's Money.

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Mama Joe: You see, in life we all make some bad choices. My husband was a gambler. Almost cost us this house. But I worked, on my hands and knees, cleaning up after white folks. Taking in laundry. You do what you have to do to stay strong.

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Reverend Williams: Bless this bread, bless this meat, bless this belly 'cause I's gon' eat!

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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? You need to mind your own damn business, all right? Didn't nobody ask you for your help! You need to worry about your own husband and why he's sleeping with her!

[points towards Faith]

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Maxine: Ahmad, what are you doin' in the ladies' bathroom?

Ahmad: Yo Bird! Big Mama said to bring yo' black ass out there!

Maxine: Boy, Big Mama told nobody's black ass to go nowhere!

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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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Lem: I don't need your help. I can find my own job.

Bird: Okay.

[Bird stares at Lem's crotch]

Lem: And stop lookin' at my dick.

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Bird: Who is that hoochie-koochie mama with her fat ass all over my man on the dance floor?

[Tearing up]

Bird: This is my wedding day! I'm supposed to be happy!

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Maxine: [after Bird discovers Lem dancing with his ex at her wedding reception] Now, that's what she gets. Bringing in somebody who ain't got nothing and putting him off on family.

Teri: What do you mean, putting him off on family? How about putting him off on me? I'm the one who paid for this wedding!

Maxine: [rolling her eyes] Teri, why do you ALWAYS have to let everybody know how much you pay for everything?

Teri: Because I DO.

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Mama Joe: [after recieving a doctor's examination] I'm not getting my leg cut off.

Teri: Mama, there's no blood flowing to that leg. You're diabetic.

Maxine: You haven't been watching what you eat.

Mama Joe: [angrily, with tears in her eyes] NOBODY is cutting off my leg! And that's that!

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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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Kenny: Believe me, you don't want to tell a woman...

Lem: A black woman.

Kenny: ESPECIALLY a black woman, that you don't have a J-O-B.

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Faith: [after Teri questions her motives for returning] I've changed.

Teri: Oh, you've changed? Don't you try and start any shit this time. You hear me?

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Mama Joe: One finger won't make an impact, but you ball all those fingers into a fist, and you can strike a mighty blow. Now, this family has got to be that fist.

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