Soul Men |


Bernie Mac, Samuel L. Jackson, ...

(Doug Hyun)

In the wake of the sudden deaths of Mac and soul ?giant Isaac Hayes, who has ?a cameo as himself, this comedy has a new level of poignancy. Mac and Jackson star as backup singers in an old R&B group called the Real Deal, who reunite after decades apart to perform at a memorial service for their former lead singer (Legend). “It’s like Grumpy Old Men with music and dancing,” says Jackson of the film, which allowed him to live out a lifelong fantasy of ? being an R&B star. For the charismatic Mac, however, Jackson says the role came easily: “Bernie never met a microphone he didn’t like.”
OUR TWO CENTS It already had a bittersweet premise. Now the movie might ? become an unexpected tearjerker. Talk about the real deal. 11/14