#665 Soul Man (1986)

Oh dear, this will be a hard one to review.

Let’s get the most obvious out of the way: The idea of building a comedy on the premise of masquerading a white dude to resemble an Afro-American is an idiotic one. Good news is that Soul Man totally acknowledges this and makes its best effort to keep things politically correct and instead pokes fun of the double standards and the prejudice of the society.

The best news is that it’s actually a pretty good comedy despite the controversial theme best enjoyable and not nearly as awkward to watch as the synopsis suggests.

The biggest problem with the movie is that despite the snappy and accurate social commentary (like the rich chic who refuses to see colours, only shades of grey), the issues it raises are so profound it can never really address them.

80s-o-meter: 87%

Total: 72%