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The Fighting Temptations (2003)

The Fighting Temptations

Overview


Genre

Comedy, Musical

Release Date

September 19, 2003

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

123 min.

Production Budget

$30 millions

Studio

Paramount Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Jonathan Lynn

Producer

David Gale, Loretha C. Jones, Benny Medina, Jeff Pollack

Screenwriter

Elizabeth Hunter, Saladin K. Patterson

Starring

Story


Darrin Hill (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) has just lost his job with a New York advertising firm and bill collectors are chasing him all over the city. But just when he thinks his luck has completely run out, Darrin discovers he's the only surviving relative of his Aunt Sally who has just left him $150,000.00. Traveling back to his small hometown of Montecarlo, Georgia, to attend the funeral and collect his inheritance, Darrin soon discovers that Sally's written a tiny catch into her will. Her last wish is that her beloved nephew create a choir, enter it in the annual Gospel Explosion and bring home a victory.

Between the bickering and the difficulties finding talented singers in the community, not to mention that his heart just isn't into the whole thing, Darrin has his work cut out for him...until he meets Lilly (Beyoncé Knowles). A beautiful jazz singer with a voice to match, Lilly awakens feelings in Darrin he didn't know he had. Suddenly, collecting the money or heading back to New York City aren't important anymore, and he realizes that Aunt Sally left him something much more than an inheritance.

At the center of the new community that Darrin discovers is the Beulah Baptist Church, a meeting place for an eclectic and hilarious cast of characters not to mention a showcase for a young, talented group of rising stars.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..walks an uncertain line between satire and realism..”
by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]
“..a perfect example of a film that does one thing exceptionally well and another exceptionally poorly..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..a funky testament to the diversification of gospel music..”
by Bill White [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]