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Soul Food

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Nia Long, Vivica A. Fox, ...

Soul Food (Music - Soundtrack)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
114 minutes
performer:
Vivica A. Fox, Brandon Hammond, Irma P. Hall, Nia Long, Mekhi Phifer, Vanessa Williams, Michael Beach, Jeffrey D. Sams
director:
George Tillman, Jr.
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
George Tillman, Jr.
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

Some critics saw only the clichés in this warm, fractious drama about how a black family nearly flies apart when its center (grandmother Irma P. Hall) lands in the hospital. And, okay, some of the subplots — buppie Michael Beach is drawn to his workaholic wife’s (Williams) randy cousin (Gina Ravera); newlyweds Long and Mekhi Phifer struggle to overcome his criminal past — practically have ruts worn into them. But the performances are all skilled, heartfelt, and rich (Brandon Hammond is especially winning as the pint-size narrator), and the film fits cozily into the domestic arena of video. George Tillman Jr. writes and directs with homespun style and a minimum of flash, reminding us that behind a lot of clichés lie simple truths.