The Gospel

Rated PG 2005

With the success of The Fighting Temptations and the godawful Diary of a Mad Black Woman, it seems African-American gospel movies are becoming quite the viable cinematic subgenre. This latest entry deals with a prodigal son of sorts, a raunchy R&B star named David Taylor (Boris Kodjoe), who fled the church following his mother's death, furious at his preacher father (Clifton Powell) for focusing more on ministry than family. But now Dad's dying, and his likely successor is David's now-egomaniacal childhood friend (Idris Elba). Can David rediscover his Christianity in time to redeem himself and everyone around him? Well, what do you think -- the movie isn't called The R&B. Liberally interspersed are new numbers from contemporary Gospel musician Kirk Franklin, and unless you're a big fan of his, you may find these interludes too frequent. The acting's pretty decent, so if this kind of thing floats your boat, you're far better off seeing it than any of Tyler Perry's nonsense.

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