The Fighting Temptations

      The Fighting Temptations

      The Fighting Temptations
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      When it comes to making comedies, Cuba Gooding Jr, should stick to drama. For some reason none of the films he has played the lead in ever are that funny or memorable. Sure his performance in As Good As It Gets was hilarious, but nowhere in this film does Gooding ever really deliver a memorable moment.

      The story line for the film is basically a small town church in the south forms the basis for a prodigal son returns story, where Gooding plays the less than honest nephew who is less than successful in New York. Opposite Gooding stars, Beyonce Knowles, other wise known as Destiny's Child, other wise known as Beyonce!, but in this film, she is Lily: a talented small town girl with a child and no husband who was shunned by the religious bigots in the choir. But that is all going to change when Lily changes Gooding's character and he decides to lead the choir to a competition that will net them $10,000 and $150,000 for Gooding in inheritance if he fulfills his dead aunt's dying wish, which is to lead the choir to victory at the competition. Add lots of characters, with most of them forgettable and recreate a few Sister Act moments and you have The Fighting Temptations.

      The best part of the film is the singing and not all of it is Beyonce either, but I have to say that Beyonce's performances are the better ones. Let's face it, it is Beyonce after all!

      One has to wonder though if the film could have been better without Gooding. The supporting cast is huge and very talented, so one has to think it is the writing and Gooding that killed this film. Certainly you can't blame Beyonce, cause she was more believable than Gooding throughout most of her scenes.

      Unless you truly like Gospel singing and even at that this film does not represent the best of that genre, I would not consider watching this film.