The Fighting Temptations

Theatrical Release: September 19, 2003
DVD Release: February 3, 2004
The Fighting Temptations


New York City advertising executive Darrin Fox (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is summoned back to his Georgia hometown to collect a large inheritance after his wealthy aunt dies. But there’s one catch: He has to form a successful gospel choir before he can receive the money. In the meantime, Darrin rekindles a friendship with a childhood friend (Beyoncé Knowles) who might be the secret to the championship choir he’s trying to build.

Dove Review

This movie is a bit of an oxymoron. It is a faith-based film which shows and speaks of sin a bit too graphically for us to be able to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal as a family-friendly picture. There are sexual innuendos, comments and some suggestive dancing as well as some strong language used, even in church. On the other hand, it does have a redemptive theme and the main character, Darrin, played by Cuba Gooding Jr. develops into a caring, Christian man who originally is out for what he can get. When his aunt dies, she leaves a promise for him in her will if he is willing to take on the choir and get it to the Gospel Explosion, a talent event which will require a lot of help from his friends. When his childhood sweetheart comes back into his life, Darrin has some choices to make.

It is too bad that this movie, which has some great gospel music in it, chose to showcase some sins which could have been toned down for the family.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: In prison people throw food and stuff at choir members; choir members fight among themselves fairly often.
Sex: Kissing; choir member kisses woman with passion in what is supposed to be an innocent kiss; French kissing in church; suggestive lyrics in song. talk of booty.
Language: Frickin'-1; A few uses of "Good Lord"; Fool-1; A-5; PO-1; H-3; Butt-1; B-2; S-1
Violence: In prison people throw food and stuff at choir members; choir members fight among themselves fairly often.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes including in church; smoking; cigars are held in hand.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: Dancing in the Spirit is exaggerated; talk of being "slain in the Spirit"; a man lies; A comment that the eleventh commandment is "Thou Shalt Not Get Caught";


Company: Paramount Home Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 122 min.
Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Beyoncé Knowles, Mike Epps, LaTanya Richardson, Wendell Pierce, Steve Harvey, Melba Moore, Angie Stone Mickey Jones Dave Sheridan Rue McClanahan Walter Williams Mickey Rooney
Reviewer: Edwin Carpenter