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Release Date: September 19th, 2003

DVD Release Date: February 3rd, 2004

PG-13|2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary
Advertising executive Darrin Hill (Cuba Gooding Jr.) loses his job and his girlfriend after his many lies about his background and education are discovered. Soon after, he returns to his small Georgia hometown to collect an inheritance from his Aunt Sally (Ann Nesby). To receive it, he must lead the church choir to victory in a gospel competition. With the help of childhood friend Lilly (Beyoncé Knowles), now a beautiful singer, Darrin gets the choir ready to perform.

Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Beyoncé , Melba Moore, Mike Epps, Shirley Caesar, LaTanya Richardson, Steve Harvey, Montell Jordan

Director: Jonathan Lynn

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Handprint Entertainment, MTV Films

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: 1980s, New York City, Relationships, Transformation, 2000s, Love, Small town

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  • This culture-clash romantic comedy, scripted by Elizabeth Hunter and Saladin K. Patterson, goes exactly where you'd expect, but helmer Lynn, a comedy vet, gets it there with such infectious energy that you don't much mind the story's predictability. show more

  • A woefully thin and pointless musical comedy boasting the no-chemistry coupling of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonc? show more

  • To enjoy what's enjoyable in The Fighting Temptations, you've got to take in the music and shut out the words -- not the lyrics of the wonderful songs, but the dialogue stuffed into actors' mouths.

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