The Fighting Temptations (2003)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

USA, 2003.  Paramount Pictures, Handprint Entertainment, MTV Films.  Story by , Screenplay by Elizabeth Hunter, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Years after he and his mother were kicked out of their small community in Georgia because she sang ‘the devil’s music’, a flailing New York executive (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is called back home for his aunt’s funeral. He finds out that she has left him sizeable stock options in her will, but he can only collect if he leads her church’s choir to victory in a statewide Gospel music competition. He accepts reluctantly, owing to his financial troubles, but soon finds himself experiencing the pleasures of music as well as the attentions of the beautiful ‘wanton’ woman () at church. The lame predictability of the plot wouldn’t be so painful if the dialogue wasn’t so atrocious, but between the bad script, Gooding’s unconvincing performance and Jonathan Lynn’s vapid direction (why is this movie so long?), the whole thing amounts to one of the worst clunkers to ever have had such an incredibly solid soundtrack.


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