The Fighting Temptations (2003)

The Fighting Temptations



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual references)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Elizabeth Hunter, Saladin K. Patterson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Box Office: $30.2M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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as Aunt Sally Walker

as Reverend Lewis

as Miles Smoke

as Lilly's Grandfather

as Rosa Lopez

as Bessie Cooley

as Nancy Stringer

as Herself

as Jume Bug

as Faye Jenkins

as Homer T.

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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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