Soul Food: The Second Season (2001)

Genre(s): Drama
Paramount || NR - 1011 minutes - $50.99 || August 7, 2007
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2007-08-07


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Nicole Ari Parker, Malinda Williams, Vanessa Williams, Aaron Meeks, Rockmond Dunbar, Darrin Dewitt Henson


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:

    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Stereo Surround)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

I'm always in the market for a good drama. Although it surprises people to hear it, drama is probably my favorite overall genre. I love superheroes but when I do love them, I do for dramatic purposes (Peter Parker's problems with women, Mr. Freeze's obsession with his dying wife, etc.). Drama is like the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to TV shows. That's why I decided to give “Soul Food” a try.

In addition to being a potentially good drama it was also a potentially good show about African American characters which comes a long once in a blue moon on American television (although it does occasionally show up with certain sitcoms).

”Soul Food” is a continuation of the film of the same name about the Joseph sisters: Terri (Nicole Ari Parker), the oldest and a headstrong lawyer, Maxine (Vanessa Williams), the middle sister who runs her husband's tow truck business, and Bird (Malinda Williams) who runs her own beauty shop. The show also features the ladies' men: Damon (Boris Kodjoe), Terri's boyfriend, Kenny (Rockmund Dunbar), Maxine's husband and owner of the tow truck business, and Lem (Darren Dewitt Henson), Bird's husband who also runs a store. The series also stars the young Aaron Meeks as Maxine and Kenny's teenage son Ahmad.

Some of the major storylines include Kenny recovering from a car accident, Terry quitting her job at her law firm, Ahmad dealing with his young girlfriend, Damon cheating on Terri, Bird and Lem fighting about various issues and son on and so forth.

”Soul Food” isn't a bad show but it's not really a good one either. For starters, there are too many subplots or ideas started and then simply abandoned or not brought up often enough. For example, in the fifth episode, Damon cheats on Terri and there's not too many repercussion about it until much later even though Terri finds out in THAT episode and even though we are told that it's horrifying for her, we never really feel it. Potentially interesting stories that could be multiple episode arcs are marginalized to a one-time guest-starring role. For example in episode 4, we meet up with Lem's mother who happens to be a bit of a former hussy and party girl. She's played by famous soap actress Debbi Morgan and I felt like the story was just made because maybe Morgan wanted to be on Soul Food. That storyline had potentially and it's all wrapped up in 45 minutes. Soul Food often either takes it's time too much or moves much too fast.

The other problem I have with it is the acting is all over the place. Boris Kodjoe is an emotionless statue not impressing me in the slightest, and Darron Dewitte Henson doesn't fare much better. Much better is Rockmund Dunbar and Aaron Meeks who are better actors but are sometimes saddled with weak dialogue. The women fare much better but still have their problems. Vanessa Williams and Nicole Parker are decent but I think the two would be better if they switched roles. Williams is the stronger of the two acting wise and I think the role of Terri would be better suited for her as it's an more assertive role. A role that Parker, while not too bad, doesn't bring enough believability to it. I just find it hard to buy her as this strong willed super fem lawyer. Malinda Williams fairs the best of all of them but even she's saddled with some inane stories. The episode where she and Lem fight about Lem being in a strip club and the subsequent idea of her stripping to show him a lesson was utterly ridiculous.

Liked it but didn't love it.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

No special features.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The audio and video aren't amazing but it sounds and looks good. The speakers get a slight workout whenever the theme song comes on or a musical guest shows up during a club scene or something.



.::OVERALL::.

"Soul Food" is a watchable, reasonably entertaining show but not much else. Still, i've seen much worse and I have to applaud Soul Food for at least TRYING to be a good show that doesn't reduce itself to sterotypes.