Soul Men

Theatrical Release: November 7, 2008
Soul Men


Though it’s been some twenty years since they have spoken with one another, two estranged soul-singing legends (Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac) agree to participate in a reunion performance at the Apollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader.

Dove Review

Two washed up, middle-aged former backup singers (played by Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac) reunite for a final performance in this comedy. Unfortunately, the comedic chemistry between these two actors is about all “Soul Men” has going for it. Although Jackson and Mac are genuinely funny in this movie, the plot is dull and plods along, and the dialog contains so much foul language that I eventually stopped counting.

Overall, “Soul Men” has very few positive elements, and it definitely does not receive the Dove Seal for family friendly viewing. One of the main characters experiences some personal growth when he discovers he has a daughter he never knew about, and tries to form a relationship with her. However, his daughter was conceived with his friend’s wife, while his friend was sill married to her. One of the characters is also a convicted felon, and is shown robbing a bank at the beginning of the movie. Besides the language, there is a plethora of other objectionable content, including graphic sexual situations, nudity, and offensive humor.

Content Description

Sex: Two graphic sex scenes; men have one night stands with strangers; suggestive dancing; sexual references and humor; Viagra jokes; man masturbates; kissing; man’s erection seen through his clothes; man touches woman’s bare rear end; references to one man sleeping with his friend’s wife.
Language: F-over 50; S-over 30; B-6; A-19; D-6; GD-4; J-1; OG/OMG-3; H-7; Go to H-2; Slang for male genitalia-7; Wh*re-3; SOB-2; N*gga-4; PO-2; Bleeped out cursing.
Violence: Man accidentally shoots gun (not at anyone); man shown robbing bank; man shown bloodied after being beaten up; man punches man in face; woman with bruise and it’s implied that her boyfriend hit her; man breaks man’s arm; man punched in groin; men tussle; man points gun at man and intends to shoot him; man drives car into man in self defense; man points gun at policeman and breaks his friend out of jail.
Drugs: Drug sale shown; lead character refers to having been an alcoholic and dope addict in the past; people drink at bar; cigarettes smoked a couple times; man takes a mouthful of sleeping pills but then spits them out.
Nudity: Full frontal female nudity in photographs; woman’s bare behind; cleavage; woman’s bare breasts; men without shirts; men in underwear; man’s behind.
Other: Some vulgar humor, such as: doctor puts his finger up a man’s rear end during a medical examination; man scratches his crotch; kids picking their noses.


Company: MGM/UA
Writer: Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 103 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Samantha Vandersloot