The Fighting Temptations

The Fighting Temptations

Jonathan Lynn (2003)

PG Certificate


Our Score
It's hard to believe the co-creator of Yes, Minister was the optimum choice for this comedy about a Deep South gospel choir. Yet even if Jonathan Lynn is au fait with the milieu, he's rarely in control of the tone or pacing of this messy amalgam of African-American social attitudes and musical tastes. Cuba Gooding Jr clowns to excess as the cynical ad executive determined to galvanise the choristers at his aunt's church in order to inherit her fortune. But the diverse singing styles of Melba Moore, T-Bone and Beyoncé Knowles, and a feisty turn from LaTanya Richardson, provide some compensation.


A New York businessman is thrilled to hear his aunt has left him a considerable inheritance - but to get it, he must ensure the local gospel choir wins a forthcoming competition. Luckily, a few of the residents turn out to have a touch of talent, but he still faces a tough task pulling them into shape. Musical comedy, starring Cuba Gooding Jr, Beyonce Knowles, Melba Moore and Lou Myers.

Cast & Crew

Darrin Hill Cuba Gooding Jr
Lilly Beyoncé Knowles
Lucius Mike Epps
Miles the DJ Steve Harvey
Paulina Pritchett LaTanya Richardson
Maryann Hill Faith Evans
Alma Angie Stone
Bessie Cooley Melba Moore
Rev Shirley Caesar Rev Shirley Caesar
Rev Lewis Pierce Wendell
Johnson Montell Jordan
Bee-Z Briggs T-Bone
Homer T Lou Myers
Aunt Sally Walker Ann Nesby
Director Jonathan Lynn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 12 Dec 2003
Comedy Music