Soul Food (1997)



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This hit domestic comedy-drama concerned the fortunes of an extended African-American family recalled through the eyes of young narrator Ahmad (Brandon Hammond). Ahmad's world revolves around his grandmother, Big Mama Joseph (Irma P. Hall) and her three daughters: workaholic attorney Teri (Vanessa Williams), newlywed salon owner Bird (Nia Long), and Ahmad's housewife mom, Maxine (Vivica A. Fox). Each sister is in turmoil. Teri has lost patience for her husband Miles (Michael Beach), who wants to … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: George Tillman, George Tillman Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 30, 2003
20th Century Fox


Carl Wright

as Rev. Williams
Bernard Mixon

as Dr. Benson
Martell Hill Edmond

as Ahmad (age 4)
Mike Bacarella

as Printing Company Own...
Joan Collaso

as Choir Member No. 1
Donn C. Harper

as Funeral Minister
George Brashear

as Blimp's Henchman No....
Larry C. Tankson

as Blimp's Henchman No....
Austin Curtis

as Family Member
Malik Yoba

as Studio Engineer

as Band Member
Kevon Edmonds

as Band Member
Melvin Edmonds

as Band Member
Jo Jo Hailey

as Band Member
K-Ci Hailey

as Band Member
Simon Horrocks

as Band Member
Randy Walker

as Band Member
Tamara Braun

as Teri's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Soul Food

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (14)

An overt desire to please often leaves Tillman relying on force-feeding techniques.

Full Review… | December 30, 2003
Top Critic

Soul Food aims to be a banquet of feelings, but mostly it serves up tripe.

Full Review… | December 30, 2003
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The steaming platters of fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, sweet corn bread, and black-eyed peas that appear early and often in writer-director George Tillman Jr.'s sentimental family drama should be listed in the credits as costars.

Full Review… | December 30, 2003
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Soul Food serves up family melodrama-cum-comedy that's tasty and satisfying, if not particularly profound or original.

Full Review… | December 30, 2003
Top Critic

Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone.

Full Review… | December 30, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A hearty, old fashioned meal of a film.

Full Review… | December 30, 2003
Time Out
Top Critic

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