Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Malcolm D. Lee|
|Produced by||David T. Friendly|
|Written by||Robert Ramsey |
|Starring||Samuel L. Jackson|
Vanessa del Rio
|Narrated by||Randy Jackson|
|Music by||Stanley Clarke|
|Cinematography||Matthew F. Leonetti|
|Edited by||William Henry|
|Box office||$12.3 million|
Soul Men is a 2008 American musical comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee, and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac, Sharon Leal and Sean Hayes, released on November 7, 2008. It was the first of three Bernie Mac films which were released after his death (and was actually released on the same date as another posthumous film, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa).
Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes died in unrelated circumstances on August 9 and 10, 2008, respectively. Director Lee said the film was heavily re-edited to soften the tone of the film, as a tribute to the two actors.
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Two former backup soul singers, Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) and Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac), who have not spoken to each other in 30 years since their band ended, reluctantly agree to travel across the country together for a reunion concert to honor their recently deceased band member and lead singer, Marcus Hooks (John Legend). Cleo (Sharon Leal), a beautiful young woman in an abusive relationship, accompanies them as a new singer; she is believed at first to be Floyd's daughter but is really Louis's. A few problems come their way, involving Cleo's wanna-be gangsta rapper boyfriend, Lester (Affion Crockett), Floyd's one-night stand with Rosalee (Jennifer Coolidge), and a lot more, leading up to their big performance at the Apollo Theater. The duo reform a bond that they lost 30 years ago.
The score for the film was composed by Stanley Clarke. The song, "I'm Your Puppet" , which serves as the fictional trio's 1969 hit single, was actually a hit for James & Bobby Purify in 1966. The official soundtrack was released November 4, 2008 by Stax Records, and features music by John Legend, Isaac Hayes, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and others.
Soul Men received generally mixed reviews from film critics. Based on 98 reviews, Rotten Tomatoes reported that 45% of critics gave the film a positive review stating that "Soul Men features lively performances from Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson, and some hilarious moments, but ultimately suffers from an unoriginal script."Metacritic, another review aggretator, reported that critics gave the film an average score of 49/100, based on 23 reviews.
The film opened at #6 with $5,000,000 behind Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Changeling, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Role Models, and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (which, coincidentally, Mac was also in; both films are dedicated in his memory). At the conclusion of its domestic theatrical run on February 5, 2009, the film's gross was $12,082,391, which makes the film a flop.