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The Fighting Temptations (2003)



Critic Consensus: The music is the only saving grace in this predictable and eager-to-please comedy.

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Darren, a morally vacant and debt-ridden advertising executive in New York, travels back to his small southern town in Alabama to attend his aunt's funeral--and more so, to cash in on an inheritance. However, soon thereafter, he discovers that in order to collect, he must first lead the local church gospel choir to success at a national competition. Desperate for money, Darren embarks on the nearly impossible challenge of turning the choir of lackluster parishioners into Gospel gold. In order to rejuvenate the malaised locals, he searches frantically for the best voices in town and finds them in some unconventional places: the county jail, the barbershop, an R&B dance club, and several points in between. Along the way, he works to win the heart of Terri, a beautiful single mother with a voice of satin, who turns his mission around.

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Cuba Gooding Jr.
as Darrin Hill
Mike Epps
as Lucius
LaTanya Richardson
as Paulina Pritchett
Faith Evans
as Maryann Hill
Ann Nesby
as Aunt Sally Walker
Wendell Pierce
as Reverend Lewis
Steve Harvey
as Miles Smoke
James E. Gaines
as Lilly's Grandfather
Melba Moore
as Bessie Cooley
Rue McClanahan
as Nancy Stringer
Lil' Zane
as Jume Bug
Rosalie Washington
as Faye Jenkins
L. John Myers
as Homer T.
Ricky Dillard
as Choir Director
Lou Myers
as Homer T.
Richie Dye
as Private Investigator
Dakin Matthews
as Mr. Fairchild
as Nightclub Singer
Kioka Hampton Carter
as `Amazing Grace' Auditioner
Justin Mark Caudill
as Goofy Auditioner
Nigel Washington
as Little Darrin
Chloe Bailey
as Little Lilly
Steven Patrick Huie
as Goofy Auditioner
Roger Greene Jr.
as Gangsta Rapper
Chuck Larkin
as Saw & Nose Flute Auditioner
Karl D'Wayne Gardner
as `Isn't She Lovely' Auditioner
Demetress Long
as Church Usher
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as L&G Representative
Gene Conyers
as Funeral Choir Director
Mechelle McCain
as Girl in Nightclub
Lou Walker
as Man in Church
Joanie Fox
as Waitress
Jill Jane Clements
as Train Attendant
Enoch King
as Man Playing Poker
Chris Cole
as Lightfoot
as Bee-Z Briggs
Mickey Jones
as Scooter
Faizon Love
as Prison Warden
Rashawn Worthen
as First Prison Guard
James Van Harper
as Prison Guard at Church
Stephanie Bonner
as Ramiyah Member
Tracy Bryant
as Ramiyah Member
DeLaurian Burton
as Ramiyah Member
Sherise Staten
as Ramiyah Member
Debra Calloway Duke
as Gospel Explosion Page
Clarence Fountain
as Blind Boys of Alabama Member
Jimmy Carter
as Blind Boys of Alabama Member
George Scott
as Blind Boys of Alabama Member
Eric Dwight McKinnie
as Blind Boys of Alabama Member
Joey Anthony Williams
as Blind Boys of Alabama Member
Caleb Butler
as Blind Boys of Alabama Member
Tracy Roman Pierce
as Blind Boys of Alabama Member
Erica Campbell
as Mary Mary Member
Trecina Campbell
as Mary Mary Member
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Critic Reviews for The Fighting Temptations

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (42)

This is a bellyaching, foot-stomping, hoot-and-hollering movie for any crowd.

November 8, 2018 | Full Review…

A shamelessly feelgood movie with a lightweight moral theme involving honesty, prejudice and hypocrisy, it narrowly keeps its head above the cliches by virtue of its attractive star and musical numbers.

January 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Great music, mediocre plot and acting.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

All about the music, and you'd have to be truly tone-deaf not to respond to its soaring harmonies and spirited spirituality.

November 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

You may not be dancing in the aisle, but at least you won't be tempted to flee the theater.

September 24, 2003

This is an exhilarating musical -- but it's dragged into Thumbs Down territory by a dreadful story that creaks along between the rousing gospel numbers.

September 22, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Fighting Temptations

Good story, bad film.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Could've been funnier. Yet, when it comes to Gooding Jr. picking good films, this is simply a wiser choice compared to some of the films he has choosen..not saying any certian films...(SHADOWBOXER) didnt say anything...

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer


An incredible movie on how an executive finds himself going in one direction while his lost religious "soul" takes him into another direction. Hilarious at times....enjoyable in others. See this for the soul of it! LOL!

Fascade Fiveoneeight
Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

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