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 quit the law and take up music. Bird doesn't realize that her husband Lem (Mekhi Phifer) is about to be humiliated by her ex-boyfriend (Mel Jackson). And while Maxine's relationship with her husband Kenny (Jeffrey D. Sams) is going well, her relationship with her jealous sister Teri needs fixing. These conflicts boil over at Big Mama's traditional Sunday dinners, where the matriarch plays peacemaker. The ritual faces extinction, however, when Big Mama suffers a stroke -- but Ahmad is waiting in the wings to take her place. Soul Food launched the directing career of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native George Tillman, Jr., who based the script on his own family experiences. In the summer of 2000, Soul Food was spun off into a cable TV series. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Comedy , Drama
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20th Century Fox

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Vivica A. Fox
as Maxine
Nia Long
as Bird
Irma P. Hall
as Mother
Gina Ravera
as Faith
Carl Wright
as Rev. Williams
Mel Jackson
as Simuel
John M. Watson Sr.
as Uncle Pete
Marcia Wright
as Nicole
Bernard Mixon
as Dr. Benson
Martell Hill Edmond
as Ahmad (age 4)
Ras Majah Couzan
as Dread Man
Mike Bacarella
as Printing Company Owner
Joan Collaso
as Choir Member No. 1
Donn C. Harper
as Funeral Minister
George Brashear
as Blimp's Henchman No. 1
Larry C. Tankson
as Blimp's Henchman No. 2
Austin Curtis
as Family Member
Sylvester Phifer
as Bartender
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 (41) | Top Critics (14)

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

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
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… | March 17, 2008
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… | March 17, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Chicago Reader
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A hearty, old fashioned meal of a film.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Soul Food

Awesome movie. For the food lovers. ;) This is a touching movie on family issues. One of my favorites.

Donna Dawson
Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer

It's all about family get together, no matter what...I don't care who you have got to enjoy this one. Get is maximum drama.

Fascade Fiveoneeight
Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

A great movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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