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Soul Man (1986)

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20

Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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33

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
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Movie Info

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

PG-13,

Comedy

Mar 19, 2002

New World Video

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (19) | DVD (7)

This social farce is excellently written, fast paced and intelligently directed.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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In the end, however, it's let down by one easy laugh too many.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's a blithe, silly, good-natured movie and, of its kind, quite an enjoyable one.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The pity is, it isn't even outrageous.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Of course, simply everyone is completely bamboozled by our hero's disguise, even though he now looks like a Ken doll with liver disease.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is a genuinely interesting idea, filled with dramatic possibilities, but the movie approaches it on the level of a dim-witted sit-com.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Amiable but politically confused.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Howell is awesome in this unforgettable comedy classic

February 3, 2009
Brag Magazine

The comedy was out of date before they even made this, no matter how much they try and twist the ending.

June 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Unreal, politically dumb premise with Howell in blackface .

December 19, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Ultimately its refusal to tackle any real issues makes this a thoroughly bland American comedy.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

An insult

July 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for Soul Man

Yeah, it's bad, and kind of racist, but I think it's probably well intentioned, just done badly. It has that bad 80's kind of appeal.
Wanted to hate it, but just couldn't.
September 18, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

It?s another classic 80's film. The film I think is innocent enough, unintentionally offensive maybe but not racist. Anyone seen White Chicks? No, because it looks shit but I hear no complaints!
September 25, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

"Soul Man" is an embarrassing movie that somehow manages to be simultaneously intentionally and unintentionally racist. C. Thomas Howell plays a pampered rich kid whose parents cut him off just as he's been accepted to Harvard law school. He takes an overdose of "tanning" pills and voila! he's african american! Add to that a cheap afro wig, and he's gets a fully paid scholarship reserved for african american students. C. Thomas really doesn't look ethnic at all though, he just looks like a guy in blackface. Not alot of laughs in this movie, either intentional or post-ironic, it's just sort of average (although the sight of 90 lb C. Thomas punching out two guys who go FLYING across the room is pretty entertaining- what was it about punching a guy in the 80s that caused him to go flying 20 feet across a building?). A completely pedestrian waste of time.
February 20, 2009
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Devon Bott

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    1. 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.
    2. Gordon Bloomfield: I feel the same way!
    3. Mark Watson: Thanks!
    – Submitted by Emily C (3 years ago)
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