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The Fighting Temptations
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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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.
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.
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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I really love this movie!It was funny,REALLY funny in some parts but I love Gospel music and the story line is very engaging although somewhat predictable! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ruth Dye
What happened Cuba?! As for Beyonce, she can't act her way out of a bag and will yoddle her way through a song (which is ashamed because she does have a decent voice) but is hailed... Read morePublished on July 10 2004
If you don't take this film too seriously, you should really enjoy it. The storyline is good natured and the music is fantastic. cuba Gooding Jr. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by P. Simmons
Fighting temptations is a sweet, cool film, with so many amazingly talented actors who can not only act but r amazing singers too. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Lb
When I picked up this DVD, I don't think I knew what I was letting myself in for. When I watch/ buy films, I don't always tend to look at the cast. Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by Aleshia-Marie Francis
I loved The Fighting Temptations! It was a great movie. The music was wonderful and the story was sweet and wholesome. :) I'd certainly reccommend it!Published on March 25 2004
I just finished watching The Fighting Temptations and give it a solid 4 stars. The music was great and I wasn't worried about my son hearing or seeing anything inappropriate. Read morePublished on March 22 2004
You can't watch this movie and sit still! It has a good homespun story line about a young man who finds out he can go home again, and that a person's roots remain a part of him... Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Amazon Customer