Darrin Hill (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) has just lost his job with a New York advertising firm and bill collectors are chasing him all over the city. But just when he thinks his luck has completely run out, Darrin discovers he's the only surviving relative of his Aunt Sally who has just left him $150,000.00.
Traveling back to his small hometown of Montecarlo, Georgia, to attend the funeral and collect his inheritance, Darrin soon discovers that Sally's written a tiny catch into her will. Her last wish is that her beloved nephew create a choir, enter it in the annual Gospel Explosion and bring home a victory.
Between the bickering and the difficulties finding talented singers in the community, not to mention that his heart just isn't into the whole thing, Darrin has his work cut out for him...until he meets Lilly (Beyoncé Knowles). A beautiful jazz singer with a voice to match, Lilly awakens feelings in Darrin he didn't know he had. Suddenly, collecting the money or heading back to New York City aren't important anymore, and he realizes that Aunt Sally left him something much more than an inheritance.
What the critics are saying:
"The Fighting Temptations is all about the music, and you'd have to be truly tone-deaf not to respond to its soaring harmonies and spirited spirituality."
- Neil Smith, BBCi
"...the film seems more concerned with getting to the next musical number than broaching the Southern comforts and hypocrisies of its characters."
- Ed Gonzalez, Slant
"...not brilliant and it has some clunky moments where we see the plot wheels grinding, but it has its heart and its grin in the right places."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times