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Soul Men (2008)

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Though it's been about twenty years since they have spoken with one another, two estranged soul-singing legends agree to participate in a reunion performance at the Apollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader.

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Malcolm D. Lee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Louis Hinds
Bernie Mac ... Floyd Henderson
Sharon Leal ... Cleo
Adam Herschman ... Phillip
Sean Hayes ... Danny Epstein
Affion Crockett ... Lester
Fatso-Fasano ... Pay-Pay (as Fatso Fasano)
Jackie Long ... Zig-Zag
Mike Epps ... Duane Henderson
John Legend ... Marcus Hooks
Isaac Hayes ... Himself
Vanessa del Rio ... Full-Figured Neighbor
P.J. Byrne ... Floyd's Doctor
Ken Davitian ... Ardesh Kezian
Jennifer Coolidge ... Rosalee
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Out of sync. Never out of style.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, and sexual content including nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cool Men See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,401,605, 9 November 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,081,447, 1 February 2009
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes died just one day apart. Mac died on August 9, 2008, and Hayes died on August 10. See more »

Goofs

When Louis and Floyd first put on their old suits to perform, Floyd's jacket rips up the back. When they appear on stage, Floyd's jacket is not ripped. See more »

Quotes

Louis Hinds: [opens the door for Floyd to leave] get the fuck out.
Floyd Henderson: Well, I guess you don't give a fuck about the money then, huh?
Louis Hinds: What money? It's a funeral! Don't nobody get paid to sing at no damn funeral!
[suddenly looks at Louis and raises his eyebrows]
Louis Hinds: How much?
Floyd Henderson: Forty grand.
Louis Hinds: [closes the door] Apiece?
Floyd Henderson: No, down the middle.
Louis Hinds: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO. That ain't even enough.
Floyd Henderson: The fuck you mean "that's not enough", man?
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Connections

References Soul Train (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Hot Hot Hot
Written by Sam Conjerti Jr., Bradley K. Young, Dow Brain (as Dow S. Brain)
Performed by Danielle Calato
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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A nice film : R.I.P Bernie Mac
26 January 2009 | by cosmyin2004See all my reviews

This film is somewhat a good film, it surprises me with nice jokes and good old school songs. By the way the voices in the songs are their own and may I add are good musical voices, original ones :D. I gave it 7 * mostly because of Bernie. S.L. Jackson played very well,tough as usual.Nevertheless a film to see with your family on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, a film about friendship,at least the last part :P, friends sometimes find them hating each other,for different reasons, but love finally conquers all, doesn't it ?????. Cool ending! I recommend this movie for the people who don't expect the terrible laugh of another tipical comedy.P.S. Rest in peace Bernie!Loved your films, your are one of the Kings of Comedy


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