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When R&B legend Marcus Hooks dies suddenly, VH-1 invites his original back up duo, Floyd Henderson and Louis Hinds, "The Real Deal," to appear at a memorial tribute at the Apollo Theater. Floyd, who's bored in retirement, wants this more than anything; Louis, a philosophical ex-con, does not. Plus, there's bad blood between them (Louis's wife Odetta left him to marry Floyd - then left Floyd). Floyd begs, Louis consents but won't fly, so they leave L.A. in Floyd's flashy Cadillac with five days to get to New York. On the road, they must get back their vocal chops, renew their friendship, and sort out the past. With Floyd's bad hip and Louis's bad kidneys, will they even make it? Written by
Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) and Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac) were once back-up singers for Marcus Hooks (John Legend), but after he went solo both men headed down different paths. Floyd became a successful entrepreneur, while Louis resorted to crime and ended up spending some time in jail. Having not seen one another for 30 years, Louis and Floyd are reunited when Marcus Hooks dies and a tribute concert is organised in his memory. Louis and Floyd hit the road for a show at the Apollo in New York but along the way they perform a handful of low-key gigs to get some much-needed practice in, only to find themselves in many a difficult scrape along the way. Both Jackson and the late Mac make a memorable pairing here, rising above a script that could have been funnier, while their performances on stage are full of style. This isn't quite up to the standards of The Blues Brothers but two great leads and enough bumps on the road to the Apollo make this one worth considering.
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