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The Fighting Temptations

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00011ZBZ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,734 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Oscar- Winner* Cuba Gooding, Jr. Stars As Darrin Hill, A Slick-Talking But Down-On-His-Luck Nyc Advertising Exec Who Returns To His Hometown In Georgia To Claim The Inheritance His Aunt Left Him. But Before Darrin Can Collect The Money, He Must Fulfill His Aunt'S Final Wish - To Create A Local Choir And Lead Them On To Win The Annual 'Gospel Explosion' Competition. Darrin Soon Finds Out That His Hometown Is Full Of Colorful Characters But Short On Talented Singers. Then He Meets Lilly (Beyonce Knowles), A Beautiful Jazz Singer With A Heavenly Voice. Darrin Sees Lilly As The Answer To His Prayers...If He Can Convince Her His Intentions Are Good And Persuade Her To Sing. Watch As Darrin Tries To Take This Spiritual Motley Crew To Victory And Along The Way Realize That This Aunt Left Him Something Much More Than An Inheritance. Featuring Performances By Shirley Caesar, The O'Jays And Other Music Greats.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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The movie might be a little unrealistic but it does have a strong message added with some humor. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Darrin Hill who grew up in a small town in Georgia along with Lilly (Beyonce Knowles) who he had a crush on since day one but Lilly keeps telling him she's waiting for Michael Jackson to come along. Anyway, Darrin's mother was a member of the church choir and when she was outside of the church she performed in clubs to try and get a record deal. Paulina who i think is a secetary of the church claimed that his mother was an embarrassment for the church because the music she was singing was sexually immoral. Darrin's mother was giving a choice and that was to either to quit performing satan music at the club or leave the choir, she left the choir. Darrin years later was found working in New York at a marketing firm. Darrin literally lies to get want he wants. He misrepesented himself at work and at home by pretending that he graduated from a big university which I think they said was Yale and of course he said he graduated from high school, but that wasn't true either. Of course, Darrin's sins came back to haunt as his boss discovered these misrepresentations and Darrin was unemployed. To make matters worse, Darrin was in financial debt up to his ears and he constantly used up the limit of how much he could spent on his credit cards. The good news is (well kind of good) Darrin's aunt passed away and so he returns to his hometown to see the funeral which was the first time he had seen or talked to her in 20 years. Darrin discovered that in his aunt's will he is asked to take over the church choir and lead them into the gospel explosion, if he is successful he will be inherited 150,000.Read more ›
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This musical comedy falls short of the mark. After watching the previews, I was looking forward to this movie since I thought that it was going to be highly entertaining. The truth is that it has some entertaining value, but that's about it, there is not much else.
Darrin Hill (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is climbing the corporate ladder in an advertising agency in New York years after his mother, Mary Ann, is forced to leave the Church's Choir in their hometown when she had to choose between the choir and singing "profane" R&B as a recording artist.
Things are beginning to look good for Darrin in the Big Apple until he gets the boot for lying about his education on his job application. At this point, he finds out that his Aunt Sally passed away and when he goes back to Monte Carlo, GA for the funeral, he receives the shocking news that she left him $150,000 on the condition that he directs the Church's Choir and gets it accepted into the Annual Gospel Explosion. With creditors pressing and out of a job, Darrin has no choice but to embark in this enterprise, which is harder than he realized.
I have always enjoyed the performances of Cuba Gooding Jr., but in this case I think he does not deliver at the level at which he usually does. The movie is "stolen" away by Beyonce Knowles and her singing. She plays a single mother (Lilly) who was Darrin's childhood sweetheart. As I stated earlier, the movie has its entertaining moments, but at some points it gets boring and senseless. The director, Jonathan Lynn, could have cut thirty minutes of scenes without losing any real value or substance. I like Gospel music, but it is not my favorite genre, so I acknowledge that if you really love this type of music you will probably enjoy the movie a lot more than I did.
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By Robert Wynkoop on Feb. 21 2004
Format: DVD
Ok, it's a cute movie. It is a predictable and harmless movie feel good movie and watching it is a pleasant way of spending an evening. The music was outstanding- Beyonce Knowles, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Caesar, and the Rapper T-Bone gave outstanding performances.
But as a pastor, give me a break. The stereotyping was awful. Where did they find such a weak-kneed pastor who could not stand up to female church bully especially in a black church? Since when does one find someone being slain in the Spirit in a Baptist church? Just how long are those church by-laws anyway? It seems that even the minutest detail of church life is regulated by these omnipresent by-laws. The overly enthusiastic church service with people dancing in the aisles seemed like it was borrowed from The Blues Brothers movie. Oh by the way, since when can a ministry position in the church (choir director) be passed on through a private will to someone who does not attend? And since when are Christians so selective who can come into the church? Although my congregations have been uncomfortable I have yet to serve or attend a church were even the worst offenders (child molesters and convicts) were not welcomed. Give me a break.
This movie was just too long. If it were edited down form 120 minutes to 90 minutes, it would have been a much better flick. As it was, I kept falling asleep during it.
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Cuba Gooding Jr., purveyor of truly awful films such as "Boat Trip", "Snow Dogs" and "Chill Factor", has reached new depths with his latest offering, "The Fighting Temptations". He has now officially squandered any last remnants of goodwill he had left from his Oscar win for "Jerry Maguire" (his good movie) in 1997.
I caught this film on an airplane flight from NY to LA, and let me tell you...even then I felt like I had wasted my time! Because I could have stared straight ahead at the seat in front of me and been more entertained! Other reviewers are defending this movie by talking about how great the music is. Fine, buy the soundtrack but whatever you do...DON'T SEE THIS MOVIE! Good music does not a good movie make! Go see Blues Brothers, which is a superior movie, plus has Gospel music sung by James Brown! Who, in case you were wondering, is cooler than Beyonce Knowles!
The acting in Temptations is beyond awful all around (Beyonce, we hardly knew ye) the insipid plot is embarassingly predictable (guess who wins the gospel competition at the end of the film) and this movie has the distinction of having perhaps the fakest corporate meeting in the history of phony movie corporate meetings.
Are we supposed to care about any of these characters? Gooding's character is a habitual liar that fakes his resume, leads a gospel choir because he wants his aunt's inheritance, and shamelessly hits on Beyonce Knowles. And we're supposed to care about him because...?
But if you aren't looking for things such as plot, good acting or a well-written script, then by all means buy this dvd and put it on your shelf next to "Gigli", "Battlefield Earth", "From Justin to Kelly", and "Glitter", other films you surely own.
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