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The Fighting Temptations (2003)

The Fighting Temptations



Critic Consensus: The music is the only saving grace in this predictable and eager-to-please comedy.

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Darren, a morally vacant and debt-ridden advertising executive in New York, travels back to his small southern town in Alabama to attend his aunt's funeral--and more so, to cash in on an inheritance. However, soon thereafter, he discovers that in order to collect, he must first lead the local church gospel choir to success at a national competition. Desperate for money, Darren embarks on the nearly impossible challenge of turning the choir of lackluster parishioners into Gospel gold. In order to rejuvenate the malaised locals, he searches frantically for the best voices in town and finds them in some unconventional places: the county jail, the barbershop, an R&B dance club, and several points in between. Along the way, he works to win the heart of Terri, a beautiful single mother with a voice of satin, who turns his mission around.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual references)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Elizabeth Hunter, Saladin K. Patterson, Saladin K. Patterson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Box Office: $30.2M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Cuba Gooding Jr.
as Darrin Hill
Mike Epps
as Lucius
LaTanya Richardson
as Paulina Pritchett
Faith Evans
as Maryann Hill
La Tanya Richardson
as Paulina Pritchett
Ann Nesby
as Aunt Sally Walker
Wendell Pierce
as Reverend Lewis
Steve Harvey
as Miles Smoke
James E. Gaines
as Lilly's Grandfather
Melba Moore
as Bessie Cooley
Rue McClanahan
as Nancy Stringer
Lil' Zane
as Jume Bug
Rosalie Washington
as Faye Jenkins
L. John Myers
as Homer T.
Ricky Dillard
as Choir Director
Lou Myers
as Homer T.
Richie Dye
as Private Investigator
Dakin Matthews
as Mr. Fairchild
as Nightclub Singer
Kioka Hampton Carter
as `Amazing Grace' Audi...
Justin Mark Caudill
as Goofy Auditioner
Nigel Washington
as Little Darrin
Chloe Bailey
as Little Lilly
Steven Patrick Huie
as Goofy Auditioner
Roger Greene Jr.
as Gangsta Rapper
Chuck Larkin
as Saw & Nose Flute Aud...
Karl D'Wayne Gardner
as `Isn't She Lovely' A...
Demetress Long
as Church Usher
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as L&G Representative
Gene Conyers
as Funeral Choir Direct...
Mechelle McCain
as Girl in Nightclub
Lou Walker
as Man in Church
Joanie Fox
as Waitress
Jill Jane Clements
as Train Attendant
Enoch King
as Man Playing Poker
Chris Cole
as Lightfoot
as Bee-Z Briggs
Mickey Jones
as Scooter
Faizon Love
as Prison Warden
Rashawn Worthen
as First Prison Guard
James Van Harper
as Prison Guard at Chur...
Stephanie Bonner
as Ramiyah Member
Tracy Bryant
as Ramiyah Member
DeLaurian Burton
as Ramiyah Member
Sherise Staten
as Ramiyah Member
Debra Calloway Duke
as Gospel Explosion Pag...
Clarence Fountain
as Blind Boys of Alabam...
Jimmy Carter
as Blind Boys of Alabam...
George Scott
as Blind Boys of Alabam...
Eric Dwight McKinnie
as Blind Boys of Alabam...
Joey Anthony William...
as Blind Boys of Alabam...
Caleb Butler
as Blind Boys of Alabam...
Tracy Roman Pierce
as Blind Boys of Alabam...
Erica Campbell
as Mary Mary Member
Trecina Campbell
as Mary Mary Member
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Critic Reviews for The Fighting Temptations

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (36)

You may not be dancing in the aisle, but at least you won't be tempted to flee the theater.

Full Review… | September 24, 2003
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

This is an exhilarating musical -- but it's dragged into Thumbs Down territory by a dreadful story that creaks along between the rousing gospel numbers.

Full Review… | September 22, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Great music, mediocre plot and acting.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

The indifferent gospel music that permeates the movie never solidifies with the dramatic might that the genre is known for...

Full Review… | June 14, 2009

Although there are plenty of positive, feel-good elements to this movie, they are outweighed by missed opportunities to do something more valuable.

September 26, 2006
Christianity Today

...the plot's stupid, the writing's bad, the acting is barely professional, but the movie isn't evil.

Full Review… | January 27, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for The Fighting Temptations

Good story, bad film.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


An incredible movie on how an executive finds himself going in one direction while his lost religious "soul" takes him into another direction. Hilarious at times....enjoyable in others. See this for the soul of it! LOL!

Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer


Could've been funnier. Yet, when it comes to Gooding Jr. picking good films, this is simply a wiser choice compared to some of the films he has choosen..not saying any certian films...(SHADOWBOXER) didnt say anything...

Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

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