Soul Man was on CC this morning. This is the first time I have watched this thing since I was really young and it amazes me that this thing was ever made, even 20 years ago.
For those that haven’t seen this gem, you have white rich kid (CTH) who gets accepted to Harvard. His dad says that he won’t pay for it and CTH is trying to figure out how to pay his way thru Harvard (which, in this movie is only $10K a year tutition, to give you an idea of the era this was made in). Well, instead of getting a job he trys for some scholarships. One inparticular is a minority scholarship. He is white, but that won’t stop CTH!
CTH decides to take a whole bunch of tanning pills to make himself black. No shit. Tanning pills. A white guy taking tanning pills will make him black. Then he Jeri Curls his hair to give it that black man afro sheen. All this so he can take the minority scholarship.
Then the movie throws in every single sterotype you could think of regarding black people and white people. The white people are the whitest you will ever see. The black people are the blackest. Theres a great scene where a group of white guys fights over CTH because they want him on their basketball team because he is black and must be good at BBall. Well, since he is white he ends up sucking and hijinks ensue.
Anyway, the whole movie is like this. This must have been the most offensive and fucked up movie of its time. Folloed closely by that one movie with Denzel Washington and that guy from Just shoot Me where DW finds out his dad is the guy from JSM. Funny stuff.
If you haven’t seen Soul Man yet and wanna see just how far movies have come in the last 20 years you should rent this. Although this movie with Queen Latifah and Steve Martin looks like a giant set back.