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This movie was about a man named Darrin (Cuba Gooding Jr.) who returns to his hometown from New York City to read the will of his aunt who passed away. While he is there, he comes into contact with the other characters of the town (Montecarlo, GA) and he stumbles upon his old fling Lily (Beyoncé Knowles). Darrin's aunt leaves him in charge of leading the local church choir to a gospel championship. This was one of the greatest movies i've seen. I'm a huge fan of Beyoncé, so to see Beyoncé in this movie doing her thing is a dream for me. The movie has it's good and bad parts. The acting is great. The soundtrack is even greater. I think that this film would be more accepted by the African-American group. I myself am African-American and there are some parts in this movie where I think only African-Americans will get. It's an A+ Job. Cuba was hilarious in this movie. Not one of his best, but definitely great.
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.
I can not believe I almost forgot to write about this film. It was a rare one that I really enjoyed. It had some funny moments and some great music. Now I'm not saying this movie was perfect b/c it was far from it but it was very entertaining and sometimes that is what a movie is supposed to be. The acting was okay and Beyonce is not bad at acting and is great at singing. The plot was nothing monumental but it dealt with something my wife was actually going through at the time. I will definitely own this movie.
Excellent gospel music and some other musical gems highlight this otherwise poor excuse for a film. The music is as good as it gets. So good I just might buy my first gospel cd ever. But the goods stop there, with the possible exception of Beyonce who manages a decent acting performance to go with some superb vocals. Actually, the supporting cast is likable for the most part and do an okay job. However, Cuba Gooding Jr. was completely abysmal, almost as bad as the screenplay. The story itself is implausible, the jokes are stale and the dialogue is boring. Yet, the music was so much fun, I am glad that I saw it and would recommend it to others. Just fast forward through all parts where they are not singing. Believe me you won't miss anything worth seeing.
I found this film uplifting, funny and full of emotion. Beyonce looked and sounded amazing. Cuba did a good job and the whole film never lost my attention for a second. They sometimes say that they don;t make films like this anymore, but clearly this film proves that wrong. ( OK ignore that sentence it sounds stupid ) The music in this film is particularly good and all the characters fit into the story nicely. Good happy ending too. I just love this film and I don;t care if its not one that critics would rave on about. In my experience the films they rave on a bout are usually awful anyway. I am surprised that Beyonce hasn't made more films, she can really act in my humble opinion.
The song and dance and high energy expressions of faith and joy were a
delight-- too bad the plot didn't have as much going for it.
Cuba Gooding is a remarkably talented guy, as in fact, were many of the cast members... the script just didn't give them much to work with. The plot is predictable and formulaic-- which isn't necessarily a terrible thing if it never-the-less shows you a really good time anyway. This movie tries to, but just falls flat whenever the music stops.
It was worth watching for the rousing good music, but certainly not something I feel any need to add to my dvd collection and ever watch again.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Darrin Hill (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is a ambitious but habitual lying junior advertising executive. After his lies get him in trouble with his paranoid boss (Dakin Matthews) he gets fired and worst of all, he loses his aunt Sally (Ann Nesby). He travels back to his home, makes a new best friend in a guy named Luscious (Mike Epps), and rediscovers his childhood sweetheart Lilly (Beyonce Knowles). His aunt's will states that he shall direct the town's local choir to victory at a gospel explosion. One thing he falls for Lilly is her voice. She rejects his advances at first but within six weeks she realizes she loves him (and he feels the same for her). But in the meantime, he recruits her in the choir (after she becomes irritated and does it anyway *before they fall in love*). Unfortunately, the reverend (Wendell Pierce) has a sister (Latanya Richardson) who hates both Darrin and Lilly because his mother sang seductive music and she had a child out of wedlock and everybody in town hates and rejects her (except the Reverend, Darrin and Luscious). Darrin loses the choir but after he goes back home, he realizes he loves the choir and Lilly and he returns and with help from Luscious and the Reverend, Darrin and Lilly regain the choir and Paulina is kicked out. They later WIN THE COMPETITION and Darrin wins Lilly's heart. On stage, he publicly asks her to marry him and of course, she says yes. 18 Months Later, all's well, the church is repaired, Paulina turns nice all of a sudden and Darrin and Lilly have a baby.
This is one of Cuba Gooding's best performances in years. Mr. Gooding
has been on a dry run since his Oscar win in the supporting category
for Tom Cruise's famous line-Show me the money!
This is basically a fun film. Cuba Gooding, recently fired from his job, returns to Georgia for the funeral of his beloved Aunt Sally. That funeral scene in the church is just memorably realized.
Gooding captures the part of the not so competent worker, with a kind and understanding heart.
He can keep the inheritance providing that he does something is an old Hollywood line. This time, it's the taking up of the choir.
LaTanya Richardson gives a stoic performance as the holier than thou choir leader who looks to trip the Gooding character up so that she can maintain her position. She is just great as one who preaches reverence but has strayed herself.
Beyonce Knowles belts it out. Of course, her rendition of fever can't be compared to that of the great Peggy Lee.
To my surprise, this was not a movie about the Temptations.
This is one of those cute "black" movies that makes white people wish they were black so they could have so much fun -- and I don't necessarily mean that in a cynical way. Others that come to mind are "The Preacher's Wife", "The Five Heartbeats"... I like movies like this, if only for relief from always seeing the same white actors on screen.
Of course, just like all Hollywood movies, it is total fantasy, and this one even more so seeing as it it was made by MTV (just check out the number of deleted music sequences on the DVD!).
And if you love gospel music (even some who don't), you will love this movie, despite the fact that it looks like the songs were written first and a script later to patch them all together, taking many shameless cues from "Sister Act" -- both One and Two.
The script is pretty lame in many parts -- mostly with Cuba Gooding's lines -- and the punch depends on the goings-on of mostly bit parts. LaTanya Richards as Paulina is extremely convincing as the self-righteous church treasurer, but there are no really strong protagonists (the only one around dies in the first fifteen minutes) so she pretty much controls the plot single- handedly.
The movie is all about cameos. Cameos, cameos cameos!! Even Shirley Caeser plays (who else?) herself ! ! They might as well have called Beyonce Beyonce and Cuba Cuba.
One other good thing I can say for the movie is the positive mixing of races it shows, among so many movies that tend to show mainly conflict among them. In my experience, the kind of mixing as shown in this movie is the real world, rather than the 99.9% black "Preacher's Wife", or for that matter 100% whiteness of so many movies. Sure, it may be fantasy (there is absolutely no racial tension present in this movie despite so much mingling), but I root for the positive image it projects.
If you are a cynic, this movie is not for you, but if you need some warm fuzzies, go for it!
Hmm..an MTV production-doesn't suprise me a bit. However, I'll have to
agree with the majority of the people out here-the music is what made the
film. With top legendary gospel singers like Shirley Ceasar and Levert Sr.,
no wonder that choir was pumping!
Beyonce's reindiction of "Fever" was very nice, although, I think they downplayed her look a little too much in the movie-they didn't want the famous "pop star" to leak out. Her acting was mediocre, given that she didn't have much to work with being that the plot was so limited.
The soundtrack is awesome, that's all I can say.
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