Soul Man
Soul Man (1986)

This comedy presents the story of a white college student who desperately wants to enroll in the Harvard Law School, but since his wealthy father refuses to help him pay the $54,000 he needs, so he begins taking tanning pills to darken his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 24, 1986
DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 14% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

In the end, however, it's let down by one easy laugh too many.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Of course, simply everyone is completely bamboozled by our hero's disguise, even though he now looks like a Ken doll with liver disease.

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Clint Morris
Brag Magazine

Howell is awesome in this unforgettable comedy classic

Janet Maslin
New York Times

It's a blithe, silly, good-natured movie and, of its kind, quite an enjoyable one.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a genuinely interesting idea, filled with dramatic possibilities, but the movie approaches it on the level of a dim-witted sit-com.

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Liz Beardsworth
Empire Magazine

The comedy was out of date before they even made this, no matter how much they try and twist the ending.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

The pity is, it isn't even outrageous.

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TV Guide

Amiable but politically confused.

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Steve Crum

Unreal, politically dumb premise with Howell in blackface .

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Yeah, it's bad, and kind of racist, but I think it's probably well intentioned, just done badly. It has that bad 80's kind of appeal. Wanted to… More
xGary Xx
Contrived schmaltzy rubbish that purports to tackle race issues, but at best is superficial, at worst offensive in it's exploitative treatment of a serious… More
Devon Bott
"Soul Man" is an embarrassing movie that somehow manages to be simultaneously intentionally and unintentionally racist. C. Thomas Howell plays a… More
Tarin Pairor
Some of the scenes in the film where funny and overall the film wasn't boring or unwatchable. Taking pills that make your skin darker so that you can… More
Leigh Ryan
Matthew Liptak
This has got to be one of the most underestimated 80's movies around! Whatever happened to C. Thomas Howell? Criminal Minds TV?? He needs to be back doing… More