Soul (2020) Poster


Jamie Foxx: Joe



  • Dorothea : What's wrong, Teach?

    Joe : It's just I've been waiting on this day for... my entire life. I thought I'd feel different.

    Dorothea : [beat]  I heard this story about a fish. He swims up to this older fish and says, "I'm trying to find this thing they call the ocean." "The ocean?" says the older fish. "That's what you're in right now." "This?" says the young fish. "This is water. What I want is the ocean."

    [Joe just stares, bewildered] 

    Dorothea : See you tomorrow.

  • [last lines] 

    Jerry : So what do you think you'll do? How are you gonna spend your life?

    Joe : I'm not sure. But I do know... I'm going to live every minute of it.

  • Joe : We never found out what 22's purpose was.

    Counselor Jerry : Excuse me?

    Joe : You know, her spark. Her purpose. Was it music? Biology? Walking?

    Counselor Jerry : We don't assign purposes. Where did you get that idea?

    Joe : Because I have piano. It's what I was born to do. That's my spark.

    Counselor Jerry : A spark isn't a soul's purpose. Oh, you mentors and your passions. Your "purposes." Your "meanings of life." So basic.

  • Joe : Life is full of possibilities. You just need to know where to look. Don't miss out on the joys of life.

  • Joe : You ready?

    22 : Huh?

    Joe : To come live.

    22 : ...I'm scared, Joe. I'm not good enough. And anyway, I... I never got my spark.

    Joe : Yes, you did. Your spark isn't your purpose. That last box fills in when you're ready to come live. And the thing is, you're pretty great at jazzing.

  • Dez : Not everyone can be Charles Drew inventing blood transfusions.

    22 : [in Joe's body]  Or me, playing piano with Dorothea Williams. I know.

    Paul : You are not all that. Anyone could play in a band if they wanted to.

    Joe : [in cat's body]  Don't pay Paul any mind. People like him just bring other people down so they can make themselves feel better.

    22 : [in Joe's body]  Oh, I get it. He's just criticizing me to cover up the pain of his own failed dreams.

    [everyone in the barber shop laughs] 

    Paul : You cut deep, Joe.

  • Joe : [Joe comforts 22 as she hesitates to leap down onto Earth and finally be born as a human. He gently takes her hand and the two step into the portal together]  I'll go with you.

    22 : You know you can't do that.

    Joe : I know, but I'll go as far as I can.

  • Joe : Who... Who are you?

    Jerry : I am the coming together of all quantized fields of the universe. Appearing in a form your feeble human brain can comprehend.

    Joe : What?

    Jerry : You can call me Jerry.

  • Joe : Wait, are you actually helping me?

    22 : Joe, I have been here for who knows how long, and I've never seen anything that's made me wanna live. And then, you come along. Your life is sad and pathetic, and you're working so hard to get back to it! Why? I mean, this I gonna see!

  • Joe : How about a librarian? They're cool.

    22 : Yes, amazing. Who wouldn't like working at a thankless job you're always in danger of losing due to budget cuts?

  • Joe : By the way, why do you sound like a middle-aged white lady?

    22 : I don't. This is all an illusion.

    Joe : Huh?

    22 : This whole place is a hypothetical.

    [in male voice] 

    22 : I could sound like this if I wanted to.

    [in kid's voice] 

    22 : Or sound like this instead.

    [in normal voice] 

    22 : I could even sound like you.

    [She takes Joe's form and imitates his voice] 

    22 : Life is so unfair. I don't wanna die. Somebody call the wah-mbulance. Wahhhh!

    [in normal voice] 

    22 : I just use this voice because it annoys people.

    Joe : It's very effective.

  • Joe : Music is all I think about. From the moment I wake up in the morning... to the moment I fall asleep at night. I was born to play. It's my reason for living.

  • 22 : Okay, look, I already know everything about Earth, and I don't want anything to do with it.

    Joe : You're missing out on the joys of life. Like, uh, pizza!

    [he sniffs the slice of pizza in his hand] 

    Joe : I can't smell!

    [he pops the slice of pizza in his mouth] 

    Joe : We can't...

    [the slice of pizza just pops out of him] 

    Joe : We can't taste either?

    22 : All that stuff is in your body.

    Joe : No smell! No taste!

    22 : Or touch.

    [she slaps him across the face] 

    22 : See?

    [she continues to slap his face] 

    Joe : Okay. I get it!

  • [Joe arrives in The Great Before] 

    Joe : Uh, hey, is this Heaven?

    Jerry : [laughs]  No.

    Joe : Is it H-E-double hockey sticks?

    Young Souls : [popping up below him]  Hell. Hell, hell, hell.

    Jerry : [to Young Souls]  Shh. Quiet coyote.

    [laughs, to Joe] 

    Jerry : It's easy to get turned around. This isn't the Great Beyond. It's the Great Before.

  • Joe : Am I dead?

    Jerry : Not yet. Your body's in a holding state.

  • Principal Arroyo : Sorry to interrupt, Mr. Gardner.


    Joe : [CHUCKLES]  You're doing my ears a favor.

  • Moonwind : Well, we'll have to perform an old fashioned astral transmigration displacement.

    Joe : A what?

    Moonwind : It's simply a way to get your souls back where they belong! And it's a glorious ritual indeed, full of chanting, dancing, and best of all, bongos!

    Joe : I need to be at The Half Note by 7, so this needs to happen right now!

    Moonwind : Woah woah woah. Not so fast! You must wait for another thin spot to open between Earth and the Astral Plane. And that won't occur until Orcus moves into the House of Gemini!

    Joe : When is that?

    Moonwind : Well, the government calls it 6:30.

  • 22 : The truth is I've always worried that maybe there's something wrong with me, you know? That I'm not good enough for living. But then you showed me about purpose, and passion and...

    [Excited, 22 looks out hopefully at the world] 

    22 : Maybe sky watching can be my Spark. Or walking! I'm really good at walking!

    Joe : Those really aren't purposes, 22. That's just regular ol' living.

  • Joe : [in the Hall of Everything]  Croissants, cakes. Baking could be your spark.

    22 : Yeah! But I don't get it.

    Joe : Just smell it.

    22 : Can't, and neither can you.

    Joe : [he sniffs the slice of pizza in his hand]  What? You're right. I can't smell.

    [he pops the slice of pizza in his mouth] 

    Joe : We can't...

    [the slice of pizza just pops out of him] 

    Joe : We cant taste either?

    22 : All that stuff is in your body.

    Joe : No smell! No taste!

    22 : Or touch.

    [she slaps him across the face] 

    22 : See?

    Joe : [22 continues to slap his face]  Okay. I get it!

  • Joe : I would die a happy man if I get to play with Dorothea Williams.

  • Dez : You're the boss

    Joe : I am?

    Dez : When you're in this chair, yeah, you are

  • Connie : Here, I quit! I think jazz is pointless!

    22 : Oh yeah, jazz is definitely pointless.

    Joe : Hey!

    Connie : In fact, all of school is a waste of time.

    22 : Of course. Like my mentor George Orwell used to say: state sponsored education is like the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.

    Connie : [Connie's eyes go wide]  Yeah!

    22 : The ruling class's core curriculum stifles dissent. It's the oldest trick in the book.

    Joe : What are you talking about? She doesn't care about any of that--!

    Connie : I've been saying that since the third grade!

  • Joe : Ugh! Dorothea Williams saw me! What am I going to do? She's gonna think I'm crazy! Maybe you should call her up and tell her that we're not crazy!

    22 : I've only been a person for an hour and even I know that's a bad idea.

  • Joe : [after Terry took him and 22 back to the Great Before]  I was going to play with Dorothea Williams!

    22 : And I was about to find my spark!

    Joe : Find your spark? My life was finally going to change!

    22 : You promised, but you wouldn't even give me five minutes!

    Joe : I lost everything because of you!

    Terry : [interrupting]  Joe!

    [Joe stops arguing with 22 and looks at Terry] 

    Terry : You cheated.

    [Joe goes silent] 

  • Libba : You can't eat dreams for breakfast, Joey.

    Joe : Then I don't want to eat at all!

  • Joe : How 'bout a librarian? They're cool!

    22 : Yes, amazing! Who wouldn't like working in a thankless job you're always in danger of losing due to budget cuts? Though I do like the idea of randomly shushing people.

    Joe : Look, obviously this isn't...

    22 : Shhhh! Oh yeah, that's good.

  • [first lines] 

    Joe : All right, let's try something else.

    [tapping stick] 

    Joe : Uh, from the top. Ready. One, two, three.

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