Soul Man
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To achieve his dream of attending Harvard, a pampered teen poses as a young black man to receive a full scholarship.... (Full plot summary below)

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To achieve his dream of attending Harvard, a pampered teen poses as a young black man to receive a full scholarship.

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The New York Times - 8/10 by Janet MaslinIt has a breezy, unapologetic manner. And it also happens to be funny, which goes a long way toward making up for any underlying obtuseness or insensitivity. - 6/10 by Steve CrumUnreal, politically dumb premise with Howell in blackface .
The Associated Press - 6/10 by Bob ThomasThere are some good moments in SOUL MAN, but Gross steals the picture; he has the best lines and makes the most of them.
Brag Magazine - 4/10 by Clint MorrisHowell is awesome in this unforgettable comedy classic
Empire - 4/10 by Liz BeardsworthHowell makes the least convincing black guy ever, his eventual contrition feels hollow and forced — much like the laughs.
Newsweek - 4/10 by David AnsenChong breathes some occasional life into Soul Man, as does Arye Gross, who displays a rich variety of comic attitudes as Mark's roommate. What surrounds them, though, is a black comedy with so little gumption, it ends up a vague shade of gray, composed of a collection of cheap jokes excused by smug platitudes about race -- in short, a movie called Soul Man whose soul, it seems, is quite lost.
Washington Post - 4/10 by Rita KempleyOf course, simply everyone is completely bamboozled by our hero's disguise, even though he now looks like a Ken doll with liver disease.
Chicago Sun-Times - 3/10 by Roger EbertThis is a genuinely interesting idea, filled with dramatic possibilities, but the movie approaches it on the level of a dim-witted sit-com. Thoughtful scenes are followed by slapstick, emotional moments lead right into farce, and the movie doesn't have an ounce of true moral courage; it sidesteps every single big issue that it raises.
Chicago Tribune - 3/10 by Dave KehrHowell, a second-string Rob Lowe, has the title role in this embarrassing variation on "Black Like Me," a half-witted collegiate farce guaranteed to offend just about everybody. Blacks are stereotyped as they haven't been in decades, and whites are portrayed as Boston bigots and selfish preppies. But the really pathetic thing about this tired old knee-jerker is not that it's racist, but that it's racist and doesn't even know it.
User Review - 10/10 by Mark G:fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: [font=Comic Sans MS][size=3]This will only work on film. In real life the Democrats and Liberials would demand his head on a platter. Many feel that it was an insult. Many need to lighten up. This is hardly an offensive film. There is some strong comentary, on how people belived that, at the time the film was made, raceisim was a thing of the past. "It's the Cosby decade." Our hero says. At first he never really notices it but begins to learn a hard lesson. I'm guessing that thoes that say, they were offended by it, never saw it or they didn't "get it."[/size][/font]

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