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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

At the beginning of the movie, Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac) meets, and ultimately has sex with, his neighbor, who was portrayed by real-life porn star Vanessa Del Rio. See more »

Goofs

There is no Memphis County Jail as stated twice when Floyd and Louis are booked. Memphis is in Shelby County. 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 The Big Boss (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Soul Music
Written by Frank Fitzpatrick
Performed by Anthony Hamilton
Produced by Scott Bomar
Anthony Hamilton appears courtesy of So So Def/Zomba Records
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Soul Men is comedy gold.
17 November 2008 | by DarkVulcan29See all my reviews

It's not just a comedy, it's a tribute to our favorite soul men, Issac Hayes and Bernie Mac. Bernie Mac for his in your face style of comedy. And Hayes for his soulful singing voice, and his best remembered as the Duke in Escape From New York(1981), and has the voice of the chief on South Park. It a real sadness that there not with us anymore. But we'll always remember you Issac Hayes 1942-2008, and Bernie Mac 1957-2008.

The story begins when two former singers Named Floyd Henderson(Bernie Mac), and Louis Hinds(Samuel L. Jackson) in the seventies where in a group called The Real Deal. Now thirty years later, after learning about one of there partners named Marcus Hooks(John Legend), died of a heart attack. Despite a little old grudges with each other, Floyd and Louis decide to re-team anyway. But during a trip that might encounter misadventure. will they make it without killing each other first.

This was funny as ever, Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac are like the perfect comedy team, they had great comic chemistry, it's a real sadness they won't team up again. It had funny slapstick, and great music also. Please don't miss it. Sure it drops a lot of F bombs, and it has some raunchy humor, but it never gets boring or stupid for a second.


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