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Why Haven't They Banned Soul Man Yet?

The infamous 80's comedy starring C. Thomas Howell. Still available on DVD and surprisingly digital HD from Amazon. Is it only a matter of time or is it a matter of not many people having heard of this movie?

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by Anonymousreply 24Last Monday at 11:27 AM

It's a social satire that mocks the racism and entitlement of white yuppies. I think people were more offended at C. Thomas Howell's terrible makeup job and the stupidity of the other characters who actually believed he was a real black man. C. Thomas is a cutie and has a long list of credits on IMDB with like 10 credits for 2019 alone, so his career never got that affected.

by Anonymousreply 108/19/2020

Ban? Since when do we have a banned list of movies?

by Anonymousreply 208/19/2020

The US doesn't have banned movies unless it's something illegal. Even Song of The South can still be found online.

by Anonymousreply 308/19/2020

I like Soul Man. It wasn’t derogatory.

by Anonymousreply 408/19/2020

Rae Dawn Chong was the Zoe Kravitz of the 1980s. Marginally talented biracial chick who was marketable to the masses and had Hollywood connections through her parents

by Anonymousreply 508/19/2020

C Thomas tapped that

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by Anonymousreply 608/19/2020

C. Thomas Homeless

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by Anonymousreply 709/13/2020

I loved C. Thomas Howell as Ponyboy.

by Anonymousreply 809/13/2020

Soul Man was so horrible. Even when I saw in theatres in the 80s I knew it was awful. But weirdly because as a group we couldn't agree on what to see, we ended up seeing it twice.

by Anonymousreply 909/13/2020

It was cringe, but he did learn his lesson in the end.

Maybe that’s why?

by Anonymousreply 1009/13/2020

Pass for white?


Have a 100% black production company?


Have African Americans play characters written as white?


Black performers in white face ridiculing whites?


Oh, wait.

by Anonymousreply 1109/13/2020

There were tons of these types of movies. Didn't the Wayan brothers go whiteface and play women in White Chicks? Or what about Robert Downey Jr doing blackface in Tropic Thunder? That wasn't even all that long ago.

by Anonymousreply 1209/13/2020

C. Thomas did not pass for a black man at all in this movie. Maybe Australian Aboriginal or Indian or Pacific Islander but not definitely black.

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by Anonymousreply 1302/17/2021

OP, you've yet to answer the question. How could the government ban this? It cannot ban films unless they pose a threat to US security--that's not how the 1st Amendment works.

by Anonymousreply 1402/17/2021

Ladybugs with Jonathan Brandis.

I'd kill myself too.

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by Anonymousreply 1502/17/2021

Minus the race aspect, Soul Man was essentially Tootsie. Rae Dawn was a single mother. Melora Hardin was a combination of Teri Garr and Geena Davis. James Earl Jones was in the Charles Durning role, minus the love aspect.

by Anonymousreply 1602/17/2021

Classic film!

by Anonymousreply 1702/17/2021

R1 you really think the dumb shits of today “get” that?

by Anonymousreply 1802/17/2021

Or that Wayan brothers movie "White Chicks"?

by Anonymousreply 19Last Monday at 10:46 AM

The same people who made that movie made my show. If he can become Black, then so can I!

by Anonymousreply 20Last Monday at 10:47 AM

There was a movie made in 1970 called Watermelon Man. It was on Amazon Prime for awhile and it has a white car salesman waking up as a black man. I saw it around the same time that Soul Man came out and it was a much better film though more crudely produced.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Monday at 10:55 AM

No young people know about it. (Very stupid movie.)

Just this morning I was talking about Steve Martin’s “The Jerk” and how all those scenes with his black family wouldn’t have been made. I’m cracking up just thinking about it.

And then those Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder movies. Good stuff. Those were actually funny b

by Anonymousreply 22Last Monday at 11:00 AM

C. Thomas Howell was a beautiful man before the tragedy.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Monday at 11:21 AM

Between Soul Man, Just One of the Guys, and Mrs. Doubtfire, one could argue my childhood list of favorite movies was...problematic.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Monday at 11:27 AM
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