The late Bernie Mac had his last starring role in this soul-music reworking of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys. After a beloved singer (John Legend) kicks the bucket, his two backup vocalists from the 60s (Mac and Samuel L. Jackson) agree to bury the hatchet long enough to drive cross-country in a pea green vintage Cadillac and perform in a tribute concert at the Apollo Theater. The movie separates cleanly into three different components: stilted raunch comedy, passable melodrama in which the singers meet the grown daughter (Sharon Leal) of a woman they both romanced back in the day, and buoyant musical numbers that give the two graying stars a chance to shake it, shake it, shake it. Mac was a magnetic performer with a long history of redeeming mediocre movies; unfortunately this is another one. Malcolm D. Lee directed; with Isaac Hayes, who also passed away after shooting was completed. R, 98 min.
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