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In this heartwarming comedy, Sunday dinner at Mother Joe's (Irma P. Hall) is a mouth watering, 40-year tradition. But when the matriarch is hospitalized, her three daughters find themselves engaged in rivalries and arguments that threaten to ruin the tradition – and the family – in this insightful, engaging film starring Vanessa Williams, Brandon Hammond, Vivica A. Fox and Nia Long.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
An overt desire to please often leaves Tillman relying on force-feeding techniques.
June 21, 2017
Soul Food serves up family melodrama-cum-comedy that's tasty and satisfying, if not particularly p...
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
'90s family drama has language and sex.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although the 1997 Soul Food frankly depicts sex, both married and unmarried, as a normal part of life, it's primarily a movie about the importance of strong family connections and loyalties. Sisters argue about money, handling a parent's illness, and disposing of property while marriages thrive and fall apart. The family endures plenty of tragedy and shares joy, but they get through it with the help of a long-standing tradition of Sunday dinners, which we learn are about more than just eating. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, "ho," and "d--k," and adults smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol. An angry husband shoves his wife when they have a disagreement. A man instigates a fight, but the other guy throws the first punch. An ex-convict has a gun in his glove compartment and later wields it when attacked. A woman who thinks a man has hit her sister hires some thugs to beat him up. A fight ensues in a bar and all the men get arrested. A married couple is seen having sex in the bathroom, clothed. A married man is seen having sex with his wife's cousin. An ex-boyfriend touches the décolletage of his ex-girlfriend at her wedding. A couple is caught having sex in a car, clothed. A woman tries to rebuff her ex's advances by telling him, "My husband's name is written all over my kitty cat." Women look at a man who just came out of the shower, naked, and remark, "Did you see that thing?" The man is shown from the chest up.
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- Genre:Drama, Comedy
- Release Date:September 26, 1997
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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