SOUL MEN (Malcolm D. Lee). 100 minutes. Opens Friday (November 7). Rating: NN
Soul Men is a funeral not only because it stars the late Bernie Mac and features a cameo by the late Isaac Hayes, but also because the thin plot of this not-very-funny buddy comedy is about two over-the-hill R&B singers who take a road trip down memory lane. Floyd (Mac) and Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) are on their way to the Apollo Theatre to perform at a tribute gig for their deceased partner. They discover that a woman they both loved has died and that one of them may even be joining the deceased.
Repeated Viagra jokes do little to juice up such mournful proceedings. But what does lend this material some life is a couple of upbeat Motown numbers and the chemistry between Mac and Jackson, two soulful mutha fuckas whose colourful use of the term "muthafuckas" never gets tired.