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The Fighting Temptations (2003)

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A New York advertising executive travels to a small Southern town to collect an inheritance but finds he must create a gospel choir and lead it to success before he can collect.

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Little Lilly
Demetress Long ...
Ann Nesby ...
Aunt Sally Walker
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Maryann Hill
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Bessie Cooley
Rosalie Washington ...
Faye Jenkins
Ricky Dillard ...
Choir Director
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Homer T. (as L. John Myers)
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Herself (as Reverend Shirley Caesar)
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A New York advertising executive who is about to land a big account, has his life shaken up when it becomes known that he has lied about having a college degree. After being fired, his life is further shaken by his debtors who had counted on paying after landing the account. Having to go on the run, he is called back to his southern town roots, when his great aunt dies. At the reading of the will, he learns he has been asked to assume the mantle of choir director of his great aunt's church and if he can get the choir in the Gospel Explosion in Atlanta, he will inherit stock worth $150,000. Unfortunately the choir leaves a lot to be desired and he has to start recruiting. Among others, he gets three prisoners to join. More importantly, he gets a "sinner" from one of the local night clubs to join. While initially scorned and resisted, nonetheless her voice wins everyone but the hardcore church busybody. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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19 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£151,994 (UK) (12 December 2003)

Gross:

£272,886 (UK) (19 December 2003)
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Beyoncé Knowles gained weight for the role. See more »

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Johnson's tattoo disappears when he sings in the church. See more »

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Down By The Riverside/To Da River
By Louis Brown, Scott Parker, T-Bone (as Rene Sotomayer) and Lil' Zane (as Zane Copeland,
Jr.)
Performed by The O'Jays, T-Bone, Lil' Zane (as Zane) and Montell Jordan
Produced by Buster and Shavoni
T-Bone performs courtesy of Flicker Records
Zane performs courtesy of Priority/Capitol Records
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Tempting.
24 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

High-class New York advertising executive Cuba Gooding, Jr. is fired for lying on his resume (firing someone for that is about as dumb as firing someone for killing a cockroach). Immediately following that he learns that his elderly aunt has died. He decides to go back to the town of his youth, a place he has always been ashamed of, and finds out that she wanted him to take over the job of conducting the choir in the local Baptist Church. Gooding does not show much interest until he learns that $150,000 is involved. Thus he passes himself off as a musical specialist with hit-and-miss comedic results. Beyonce Knowles sizzles, as she always seems to do, as a cocktail bar singer who has been banned from the congregation for having a child out of wedlock. Needless to say, the choir needs her though and it becomes apparent that Gooding needs her as well. Wendell Pierce is impressive as the church's minister and his annoying sister (LaTanya Richardson) ends up being the villain here. Lots of energy from the cast and some admittedly great vocals are not enough to endear "The Fighting Temptations". The main problems are Gooding's uneven character (it is hard to always like him) and a seemingly endless running time (going just over two hours, too long for a movie like this). Knowles is the greatest reason to watch. She downs Pepsi Colas and sings her heart out with vigor and intensity. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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