Soul Man (1986)
Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 22
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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4
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Average Rating: 2.6/5
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An ambitious but spoiled rich white kid wins a scholarship to Harvard Law School by pretending to be African-American in this broadly played comedy. After his father cuts him off financially, Mark Watson (C. Thomas Howell) wins a full tuition scholarship to Harvard by claiming to be African-American on the application form. With the help of his best friend, Gordon (Arye Gross), Mark acquires some bronzing pills, a new hairdo, and a lowered voice. Disguised as a black student, Mark thinks that
Oct 24, 1986 Wide
Mar 19, 2002
New World Video
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This social farce is excellently written, fast paced and intelligently directed.
It's a blithe, silly, good-natured movie and, of its kind, quite an enjoyable one.
Of course, simply everyone is completely bamboozled by our hero's disguise, even though he now looks like a Ken doll with liver disease.
This is a genuinely interesting idea, filled with dramatic possibilities, but the movie approaches it on the level of a dim-witted sit-com.
Howell is awesome in this unforgettable comedy classic
The comedy was out of date before they even made this, no matter how much they try and twist the ending.
Unreal, politically dumb premise with Howell in blackface .
Ultimately its refusal to tackle any real issues makes this a thoroughly bland American comedy.
Audience Reviews for Soul Man
- Mark Watson: Gordon, I love you. You're my buddy, and if you get in and I don't, I hope you rot in hell.
- Gordon Bloomfield: I feel the same way!
- Mark Watson: Thanks!
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