Thursday, December 1, 2016

90: "It Was Just Racist Enough" - Soul Man (1986)

C. Thomas Howell and Arye Gross, two people who should not be headlining a comedy play two guys who hate studying that somehow get into Harvard Law School in the hit 1986 comedy "Soul Man".  This tells the story of class struggles really as a rich white kid gets mercilessly cut off from his parents and digs deep into his soul to truly find himself.  Oh yeah, this is the blackface comedy that set our country back many a year.  Howell exceeds the recommended dosage on some tanning pills to turn himself black to get a scholarship.  If you think that last sentence makes sense then you can get into this comedy that for some weird reason kinda works.  You have to get past the fact that this Brat Packer is in blackface the entire film but if you forget that there are some good gags.  Enough that both of us give it a recommendation.  This movie is so 1980s it features a performance by Ronald Reagan Jr. and whatever happened to Brian Benben?  Oh by the way, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in this movie too.  Enjoy!
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