Mary Poppins Returns
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In the end, however, it's let down by one easy laugh too many.
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.
The pity is, it isn't even outrageous.
Amiable but politically confused.
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The comedy was out of date before they even made this, no matter how much they try and twist the ending.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.
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.
"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.
Contrived schmaltzy rubbish that purports to tackle race issues, but at best is superficial, at worst offensive in it's exploitative treatment of a serious issue.
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