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.
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.