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