Soul Food (Music - Soundtrack) The steaming platters of fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, sweet corn bread, and black-eyed peas that appear early and often in writer-director George Tillman Jr.'s… Soul Food (Music - Soundtrack) The steaming platters of fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, sweet corn bread, and black-eyed peas that appear early and often in writer-director George Tillman Jr.'s… R PT114M Drama Vivica A. Fox Brandon Hammond Irma P. Hall Nia Long Mekhi Phifer Vanessa Williams Michael Beach Mekhi Phifer Jeffrey D. Sams 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Movie Review

Soul Food (1997)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Rated: R; Length: 114 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Vivica A. Fox, Brandon Hammond, Irma P. Hall, Nia Long and Mekhi Phifer...; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

The steaming platters of fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, sweet corn bread, and black-eyed peas that appear early and often in writer-director George Tillman Jr.'s sentimental family drama, Soul Food, should be listed in the credits as costars: In the tradition of such food-as-love films as Eat Drink Man Woman and Big Night, kitchen work is idealized as a form of communion in this indulgently nostalgic story — deep-fried with plot, script, and character cliches but honey glazed with goodwill — about how big Sunday dinners keep one African-American family together over the years. Irma P. Hall (A Family Thing) stars (in full mmm-mmmh! grandmama-ness) as the matriarch at whose Chicago house the clan gathers for weekly cholesterol-fests; when she becomes ill, and there's no more smoked ham to go around, her daughters and their men fall apart with dubious alacrity. The attractive ensemble cast includes Vanessa L. Williams as the imperious eldest daughter (uptight bossiness suits Williams as a future career direction), Vivica A. Fox as the maternal middle sister, Nia Long as the youngest, and Clockers' Mekhi Phifer as her new husband, trying to go straight after doing jail time. B-

Originally posted Oct 03, 1997 Published in issue #399 Oct 03, 1997 Order article reprints
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