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'Soul Food'

Scene from this movie Vanessa Williams plays the successful lawyer Teri. Her constant fights with sisters Maxine and Bird over money, careers, corn bread, any and everything, are fueled by Teriís long simmering resentment over Maxine first stealing and then marrying her boyfriend nearly a decade earlier.

Narrated by young Ahmad, Maxineís son, who tells the story vis-a-vis his "special relationship" with Mama Joe, the movie delivers steady portions of urban situational comedy against a backdrop of illness and marital strife. Teriís husband, Miles, also a lawyer, is really a frustrated musician and braves his wifeís disapproval when he decides to chuck it all in favor of his musical career. Maxine, the resident tell-it-like-it-is sister, stands her ground with Teri and offers a strong shoulder for Bird, who has just married an ex-con, and hatches a scheme to help him land a job. -- Lonnae O'Neal Parker
Rated R

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Cast: Vanessa Williams; Vivica Fox; Nia Long; Michael Beach; Meki Phifer; Brandon Hammond; Jeffrey Sams;
Gina Ravera; Irma Hall
Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Filmographies: Vanessa Williams; Vivica Fox