This is nearly two hours of music videos interspersed with some sort of nonsense story line.
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Darrin Fox (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is an ad executive in New York City. He hails from Monte Carlo, that's in Georgia mind you. He has no qualm in falsifying this information along with just about everything else in his life. It seems that Darrin has used credit cards to buy his way into high society while forgetting his roots. He is brought quickly back into reality when his aunt dies and he must return to Monte Carlo for the funeral and reading of the Will. It seems that Darrin's aunt has left him $150,000. In order to get this money he must first get a gospel choir together and win a singing competition.
With the end of his credit problems nearly in his grasp Darrin must put together a gospel choir. Much to his luck he finds Beyonce Knowles singing in a local nightclub. O.K it's not really Beyonce, it's Lilly who is portrayed by Beyonce. With Lilly in place as both the choir's new lead singer and Darrin's love interest there is a sudden hope that the choir may win this competition, debt collectors will quit hounding Darrin and world peace is just a high C away.
What saves this film from being completely putrid is the music, which I must admit induced some foot tapping. Nearly every actor involved is in some respect renowned in their particular musical expertise. The movie starts with a rousing gospel number and the soundtrack meanders through various genres pausing lengthily at rap, hip-hop and R&B all of which can trace their roots to gospel music. The true surprise was the three orange-clad prisoners led by T-Bone who jumped up and rattled off some rhymes so fast that Vanilla Ice's head would have spun.
The Fighting Temptations is video store material. It is a cookie cutter movie that offers no new insights on an idea that has already been played out to its full extent.
The review of this Movie prepared by Christopher Bryan
In this film, Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a fresh-out-of-jail former big-city businessman who returns to the South to direct a church choir. He is helped by his brother, an eccentric farmboy (Mike Epps) and also convinces a lounge singer (Beyonce Knowles) to join his choir. Steve Harvey brings his fall-down-funny act to the airwaves as the radio deejay.
The review of this Movie prepared by Teddy