Soul Food
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  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Year: 1997
English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround


Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long and Michael Beach star in a delectable, critically acclaimed hit with the “appealing stars, family values and down-home atmosphere” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times) everyone is hungry for!

Sunday dinner at Mother Joe’s (Irma P. Hall) is a mouth-watering, 40-year tradition. As seen through the eyes of her grandson Ahmad (Brandon Hammond), love and laughs are always on the menu, despite the usual rivalries simmering between his mom Maxine and her sisters Teri and Bird. But when serious bickering starts to tear the family apart, the good times suddenly stop. Now it’s up to Ahmad to get everyone back together and teach them the true meaning of soul food.

Disc Information

**Theatrical Feature

**Director's Commentary
**Original Theatrical Trailers
**Excerpts From the Soul Food Cookbook

Cast & Crew

Vanessa L. Williams ... Teri
Vivica A. Fox ... Maxine
Nia Long ... Bird
Michael Beach ... Miles
Mekhi Phifer ... Lem
Brandon Hammond ... Ahmad
Jeffrey D. Sams ... Kenny


Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly | March 17, 2008

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 should be listed in the credits as costars.

Godfrey Cheshire Variety | March 17, 2008

Soul Food serves up family melodrama-cum-comedy that's tasty and satisfying, if not particularly profound or original.

Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader | March 17, 2008

Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone.

Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle | June 18, 2002

A warm, funny, touching African American family drama, the kind of bittersweet melodrama that critics tend to relegate as crowd-pleasing corn. We could use more when it's this well done.

Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times | February 14, 2001

Tillman drew inspiration from his own Milwaukee family, his beloved grandmother in particular. Humor, sentiment and melodrama strike a balance as he brings to life nine major characters and a host of others as well.

Susan Wloszczyna USA Today | January 01, 2000

An attractive cast and lingering shots of artery-busting delights that amount to pigout pornography.

Janet Maslin New York Times | January 01, 2000

This new menu movie has a soapy plot, appealing stars, family values, down-home atmosphere and a conviction that there's rarely a problem fried chicken can't cure. There sure are worse ways of looking at the world than that.


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