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Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

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  • Summary: A New York advertising executive (Gooding) must return to his Georgia hometown when his aunt dies. He soon finds that he must help the local gospel choir with a competition in order to collect his inheritance.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Brown
    83
    Makes shameless use of tried-and-true elements -- but it's hardly the same old song.
  2. A raucous gospel comedy that's as broad as co-star Beyonce Knowles' vowels and chockablock with foot-stomping, up-with-the-choir music that will have even atheists praising the Lord.
  3. This culture-clash romantic comedy, scripted by Elizabeth Hunter and Saladin K. Patterson, goes exactly where you'd expect, but helmer Lynn, a comedy vet, gets it there with such infectious energy that you don't much mind the story's predictability.
  4. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    60
    The romance between Knowles and her leading man doesn't quite spark, and cutting 30 minutes wouldn't have hurt, but Saturday night disposable fluff is rarely as warm-hearted or exuberant as this.
  5. A woefully thin and pointless musical comedy boasting the no-chemistry coupling of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonc?
  6. 42
    Plot, comedy and characterization? It's absolutely anemic.
  7. A soundtrack buried inside a sitcom.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10

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