Picks and Pans Review: Soul Men

updated 11/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

Bernie Mac, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Leal | R


One never wishes to speak ill of the dead, so I'll just say that the late, great Bernie Mac was ill-served by this lame buddy comedy's hackneyed script. He and Jackson energetically play ex-singing partners who reluctantly reunite after a nearly 30-year estrangement, embarking on a mishap-filled, cross-country road trip. Their destination: a tribute concert at Harlem's Apollo Theater.

Sadly, there's no thrill to their trill. The language is bluer here and the humor more ribald, but it's the same song you've heard before in earlier aging-buddy comedies. Best part: end-credit footage of Mac waxing wise and mouthing off between takes.

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