What can I say? Some trashy movies can become addictive. This is one of those movies. With each viewing, you discover something new. It's definately a thought-provoking film, at times preachy, at times heart-warming romance, at times slapstick, and at times blatantly racist. And yes, at times painfully stupid. C. Thomas Howell may well have done the poorest job in film history of impersonating a black man, and black people nationwide were justifiably offended. The epiphany Howell undergoes toward the end of the film only partially redeems his character. The wonderful performance by James Earl Jones as the dour Professor Banks, and of course Arye Gross as Howell's hilarious sidekick Gordon go a long way toward's salvaging what could have been a preachy, sentimental mess. Well, almost. From me it get's a 4/10. But like I say, it's addictive. Somewhat like popcorn. Final verdict: Not a bad rental, and if you can find the DVD at Walmart for under $10 go ahead and buy it.
Soul Man (1986) 1080p YIFY Movie
Soul Man (1986) 1080p
Soul Man is a movie starring C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, and Arye Gross. To achieve his dream of attending Harvard, a pampered teen poses as a young black man to receive a full scholarship.
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The Synopsis for Soul Man (1986) 1080p
Mark doesn't expect any problems in going to college: he and his friend have reserved places in Harvard and his parents have the money to pay for his education there. But suddenly his father's neurotic psychiatrist advises him to go on vacation in Hawaii instead of spending more money on his son. Since Mark wants to keep his lifestyle, including a fancy car and a flat shared with his friend, he seeks financial support. The only foundation which still accepts applications is for blacks only -- no problem, with lots of bronzing pills and "soul in his voice" he sets out to Harvard. Soon he has to realize that being black will cause some people to handle him differently.
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The Reviews for Soul Man (1986) 1080p
Ridiculous but worthwhileReviewed bytjc60Vote: 4/10
I remember watching Soul Man about twelve years ago when it was first airedon TV. Crazy, hilarious, sarcastic, emotional; what the hell I could go onforever describing this film.
This is the only film besides "The Outsiders" that C. Thomas Howell played adual role of himself and a black student impersona. Okay I can agree withsome comments that movie began to over step it's bounderies with the wayAfrican American culture was dealt with, but at the smae time I felt that itwas stabalized with the humour adding that extra touch rather than peopletaking it more "Politically correct" way.
James Earl Jones and Rae Dawn Chong both did fabulous jobs as there actingreally help give their characters' some edge that made it somewhatconvincing.
Overall a brilliant film. If you can try to avoid the fact that it might becliched of dealing with racial differences in a light hearted manner.Remember this is a comedy and not something to take "SERIOUSLY".
Another quality film from the 80's to add to the hitlist.
When Soul Man first came out it got razzed terribly for joking about asensitive topic. I think the critics didn't quite get the film, theythought it was a racist attack on minorities.
Set aside scholarships are private and what C. Thomas Howell does isattempt to defraud the givers of said scholarship by passing himselfoff as black. Picture if you will somebody like Fred Phelps endowing ascholarship to Bob Jones University, the only place I'm aware thatwould take his money, on someone that Phelps feels reflects his properand God inspired outlook on the American scene.
But it would be legal because it's Phelps's money to do with as hewishes. Now the endowers of that scholarship to Harvard meant it forsomeone like Rae Dawn Chong. So when Howell grabs it because hisparents decide to make him pay his own way and he's too lazy to do itor heaven forfend, go to another law school he is defrauding her.
That's the sum and substance of Soul Man. Of course in passing himselfoff as black, Howell makes a few unpleasant discoveries about himselfand a lot of people around him. And of course there's that old Cupidthing with him and Chong.
James Earl Jones makes the most intimidating law professor this side ofJohn Houseman. Arye Gross gets the role of best friend and confidantein Howell's scheme and Melora Hardin who now occasionally plays theghost of Trudy Monk on Monk is the spoiled rich girl who gets back ather parents by sleeping with minorities.
Soul Man gets silly and a bit forced at times. But it's not deservingof all the knocks it's been given over the years.