Soul FoodSeptember 26, 1997
Matriarch Mama Joe has held her family together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of soul food. When diabetes hospitalizes her…
Release Year: 1997
Rating: 6.4/10 (3,054 voted)
Critic's Score: 68/100
George Tillman Jr.
Stars: Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long
Matriarch Mama Joe has held her family together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of soul food. When diabetes hospitalizes her, the dinners stop and tensions among her three daughters start to break the family apart. Two of the sisters feud continuously: Teri is jealous of Maxine's marriage and irritated that everyone assumes her corporate salary is open to the rest of the family's uses. Maxine resents Teri's bossiness and insensitivity to family tradition. Bird, the youngest, newly married to an ex-con, accepts a favor from an old lover that leads to her husband's arrest. Mama Joe's grandson Ahmad cooks up a scheme to bring the family together, back to the table.
(as Vanessa L. Williams)
Vivica A. Fox
Jeffrey D. Sams
Irma P. Hall
Morgan Méchelle Smith
John M. Watson Sr.
Every family needs some.
Release Date: 26 September 1997
Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $11,197,897
(28 September 1997)
(19 January 1998)
Did You Know?
Irma P. Hall is the only cast member who reprised their role in the cable series.
Crew or equipment visible:
When Lem is sitting in the living room talking to Kenny at his house, you can see a light from the camera visible in the window behind them.
Ahmad, what are you doin' in the ladies' bathroom?
Yo Bird! Big Mama said to bring yo' black ass out there!
Boy, Big Mama told nobody's black ass to go nowhere!
So True Its Scary
When I first saw this film it reminded me so much of my family I actually
got nervous. The story depicted in this film is so true especially in
Black families, especially mine. The story is pretty much about how a
family breaks up after the matriarch becomes ill and eventually dies
rifts to develop due to the fact that the one person who keeps the family
grounded is no longer around to mediate disputes and to show love and
guidance to the younger generation. This is definitely a wonderful film
that should be viewed by every family no matter what race they