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A mismatched pair of protagonists has to travel a long distance for an important reason. Friction abounds. Hijinks ensue. There’s an epiphany along the way. We’re not so different after all. It’s the plot for something like 852 different movies. “Soul Men” (2008) is one of those movies. Thankfully, Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac are the protagonists and the backstory is interesting (estranged former Motown artists reunite) so the trip is relatively enjoyable. But like a lot of these movies, there’s hijink overkill and you get to the point where you’re like, “Geez, can they just get there already?”

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I think I would have enjoyed “Fifty Shades of Black” (2016) more if I had read “Fifty Shades of Grey” or seen the movie. I’m pretty familiar with Marlon Wayans’ comic rip-off flicks, and some are funny (or at least have funny parts). This one just seemed lazy or – and this is the worst possible thing you can say about a comedy – boring. And a lot of it is just gross, or derivative. Maybe “Grey” is that awful, too. But like I said, I didn’t see/read it, so I don’t know.