No one could accuse Soul Men of originality - it cribs liberally from countless buddy films and road movies - but it offers enough energy and humor to overcome its shortcomings. The hit-to-miss quotient of the film's frequently profane and raunchy jokes is surprisingly high and the movie benefits from some well-executed R&B numbers. There's nothing quite like watching Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac performing at a hoedown and getting into it with the audience. While it might be a stretch to compare Soul Men with The Blues Brothers (and there are certainly fewer car crashes), there's a little bit of the flavor of John Landis' classic to be found during the course of this film's 103-minute running length.
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