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The Fighting Temptations

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Jonathan Lynn

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About the Movie

Director Jonathan Lynn followed up the surprise hit The Whole Nine Yards with this musical comedy starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. Gooding plays Darrin, a shallow New York advertising executive, who travels to a small town in the deep south upon receiving word that his aunt has passed away and left him a sizable inheritance. But once Darrin gets into town, he is informed that he will only receive the money if he successfully leads a local gospel group to victory at an upcoming competition. Reluctant but strapped for cash, Darrin takes on the task of finding the best singers in town and shaping the group up. Along the way, he becomes acclimated to the town with the help of his cousin Lucius (Mike Epps) and meets Lilly (Beyoncé Knowles), a single mother who not only possesses an incredible voice but also the ability to warm Darrin's cold heart. Along with Knowles, the supporting cast features a number of other real musicians, including Faith Evans, Melba Moore, Angie Stone, Montell Jordan, and The O'Jays.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 107
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 62
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The music is glorious. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 1, 2003

Rotten: A messy, sprawling family barbecue of a movie that barely gets by on salesmanship, energy and maybe more than a little chicanery. – Gene Seymour, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A raucous gospel comedy that's as broad as co-star Beyonce Knowles' vowels and chockablock with foot-stomping, up-with-the-choir music that will have even atheists praising the Lord. – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The only real question in this flaccid narrative ... is when everybody will stop talking and start singing again. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


i am so surprised that nobody has bought this movie or at least written a review about it. it is a really good movie and it is touching. beyonce and cuba gooding jr are a real good team together in this movie, and nobody can replace them. I really love this movie and watch it over and over again. once again, i am very surprised nobody likes this movie. GREAT MOVIE!


OMFG this is my all time favorite movie!!!

pretty good

ok so let me start out by saying that cuba gooding jr is hilarious and i love beyonce who is so talented. the storyline was a little weird but it really had a good message. i really liked this movie and cant wait to see it again

The Fighting Temptations
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2003

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