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Soul Men 

Even the late, great Bernie Mac can't shake the dust off this one.

The final film of the great comic actor Bernie Mac provides enough interest to keep Soul Men watchable. But beyond his love/hate camaraderie with co-star Samuel L. Jackson, Soul Men doesn't ignite. This is a letdown because director Malcolm D. Lee (Roll Bounce) has previously channelled the ethos and soul of '70s funk. In Soul Men, Mac and Jackson are the reunited backup singers of recently deceased soul legend Marcus Hooks. Attempting a comeback tour, they tax each other's patience on a road trip. Their sense that they've become haggard wash-ups soon affects the film itself. Lee misses the chance to balance his ode to aging with his funk tribute by not making the affair lively and colourful. It's just dusty. Even the sex jokes are downbeat.

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