• Soul Food (1997)

Soul Food

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: June 1st, 1999

R |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

When Ahmad Simmons' (Brandon Hammond) diabetic grandmother, Josephine "Big Mama" Joseph (Irma P. Hall), falls into a coma during an operation to amputate her leg, it throws the Joseph family into chaos. Ahmad watches as his mother, Maxine (Vivica A. Fox), and aunts Teri (Vanessa L. Williams) and Tracy (Nia Long) struggle to adjust to the family matriarch's sudden absence, fall into old rivalries, share memories, and work to maintain the long-standing tradition of Sunday family dinners.

Cast: Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Brandon Hammond, Jeffrey D. Sams, Gina Ravera

Director: George Tillman Jr.

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Fox 2000 Pictures, Edmonds Entertainment

Keywords: Daughter, Moving, Growing up, Rivalry, Amusing, 1990s, Love, Emotional, Hospital

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    The result is a lovely wash of humanity, served with affection. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    George Tillman says Soul Food is based in part on his own family, and I believe him, because he seems to know the characters so well; by the film's end, so do we. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonaghTV Guide Magazine

    But it's also old-fashioned family drama that invites audience participation ("Don't you go making eyes at your cousin's husband, you little slut!"), and is surprisingly satisfying, in a gooey kind of way -- like macaroni and cheese or peach cobbler, perhaps. show more

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