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THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS

 
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At Theaters: 9/19/2003 On Video: 2/3/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419946
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Darrin Hill travels back to his small hometown to claim the inheritance his aunt Sally left him, he finds he must fulfill her last wish before he can collect -- create a gospel choir and lead it to success. But with a town full of tin ears and a shortage of singers, Darrin is about ready to give up and head back to the city where he belongs.., until he runs into Lilly.
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Comedy Musical - This is an inspirational comedy that is aimed toward a mass family audience. While there is some vaguely suggestive humor, the film is suitable for all ages.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Cuba Gooding, Jr. BOAT TRIP, SNOW DOGS, RAT RACE, PEARL HARBOR
Beyonce Knowles AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
Mike Epps FRIDAY AFTER NEXT, ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS
Director: Jonathan Lynn THE WHOLE NINE YARDS
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 S-words, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: One mild instance of violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Wisecracks, slapstick, some vague innuendo.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "Had the movie concentrated more on the music and less on the one-dimensional characters and their lackluster circumstances, it might have been a solidly enjoyable example of light entertainment. As it is, however, it's Sister Act warmed over.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "The Fighting Temptations follows a formula in a kind of easygoing way, and you know it, but it generates so much good will and so many laughs that you don't really care. It's sort of a musical and sort of a first cousin of "Barbershop," and you can feel the audience just plain liking it. ..not brilliant and it has some clunky moments where we see the plot wheels grinding, but it has its heart and its grin in the right places.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Below Average "...think Sister Act3 without the nuns, but with bubbly Beyoncé Knowles in their place. Then add Cuba Gooding Jr.'s mugging reactions to some of the year's unfunniest dialogue.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "The filmmakers seem to have meant to offer up a spiritual message about community and faith, but it's muddled and hard to find with romance, comedy and phenomenal gospel performances all fighting for the spotlight.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 111 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
4
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M/F)
10
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
17
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
23
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
47
Very High
100%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! For a simple little comedy these are incredibly high opinions. It's rare to see so many "Fantastic" opinions. EVERYONE LOVED THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS! GO SEE IT!

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Great moviemaking this movie isn't, funny it is. The story is full of holes and the dialog and acting aren't all that great, but it works often enough to be quite entertaining.

From the previews it's obvious this movie isn't going to be an Oscar contender and it wasn't meant to be. It's just a lighthearted, silly little comedy and if you go in expecting nothing more then I predict you will be quite satisfied.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
When slick-talking New York City advertising executive Darrin Fox travels back to his small hometown of Monte Carlo, Georgia to claim the inheritance his aunt Sally left him, he finds he must fulfill her last wish before he can collect -- create a gospel choir and lead it to success. But with a town full of tin ears and a shortage of singers, Darrin is about ready to give up and head back to the city where he belongs...until he runs into Lilly. A beautiful nightclub singer with a voice that could rock the competition at the annual Gospel Explosion, Lilly is just the miracle Darrin is looking for...if he can persuade her to sing.

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