Reviewed byZooomaVote: 9/10/10
This movie gets a bad rap but it's actually quite interesting in itsportrayal stereotypes and racism. It's sad that it was made becausethere shouldn't be such stereotypes and racism in society. But themovie goes about having a laugh with it all while still showing theignorance in people. C. Thomas Howell used to be able to act back thenand he does a great job. There is fine acting all around particularlyfrom James Earl Jones and Rae Dawn Chong. On the unfortunate side,Leslie Nielson was terribly underused and so out of character as aracist piece of crap. In the end, right prevails over wrong, we have afew laughs, and ponder the idiocy of racism.
6.1 / 10 stars
--Zoooma, a Kat Pirate Screener
Reviewed bymarcusenglish (email@example.com)Vote: 8/10/10
"frankly, your tone of voice."
i watched soul man twice at the cinema when it came out; i loved it to bits.
i thought the movie was warm and funny and dealt with a difficult subject inan imaginative and sincere way.
i found c thomas very likeable and i thought his relationship with rae dawnchong and her young son was believable and natural. james earl jones wasfantastic too.
my fave thing about the movie is ayre gross. i loved him in coupe de villeand on ellen and he's excellent here as mark's smart-alec best friend gordo.the scene where he has to defend mark in court is so funny.
Reviewed byraisleygordonVote: 8/10/10
This is a potentially great idea for movie, and it does live up to itspotential. And it's funny enough. But it doesn't deal with the realityof what a kid posing as a black person really could, should or wouldsuffer through. The ending is especially formulaic and predictable, orto also describe it, unrealistic. I'm not saying it's a dislikeablemovie on any level, but it is a questionable one. To a degree, anyway.One scene that comes into mind is when Matt is trying to hide his"face" from his parents who are visiting. Predictable, but funny stuff.But not really necessary. I know this is a comedy, but just because itis, doesn't mean it shouldn't deal with serious issues.
*** out of ****
Mark doesn't expect any problems in going to college: he and his friend have reserved places in Harvard and his parents have the money to pay for his education there. But suddenly his father's neurotic psychiatrist advises him to go on vacation in Hawaii instead of spending more money on his son. Since Mark wants to keep his lifestyle, including a fancy car and a flat shared with his friend, he seeks financial support. The only foundation which still accepts applications is for blacks only -- no problem, with lots of bronzing pills and "soul in his voice" he sets out to Harvard. Soon he has to realize that being black will cause some people to handle him differently.