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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>

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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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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

Final film of Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac. Old Dogs (2009) was released later, but Mac's scenes were shot before this movie. 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 Flavor of Love (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Flutti Tutti
Written by Malcolm Nichols
Performed by Studio Musicians
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Sweet Memories
17 June 2010 | by imaginary-lifeSee all my reviews

It was a straightforward almost Blue Brothers film, but who cares? It has music, honesty, and is truly a reminder of the sad loss of Bernie Mac.

Many of the so called clichés are actually representative of so much that truly happens in life. This may not be the most important film in the world, but it's heart is in the right place. And it sings a certain song of life, friendship and forgiveness.

That's all that it needs to provide. I am surprised that it received so much negativity on some pages. Just sit back and enjoy. If only the music business had so much respect for past legends. Sometimes it happens, and this also goes to show that some musicians really live from retaining their audience, as it is all they have that sustains them.


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