The Fighting Temptations Script - Dialogue Transcript

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The Fighting Temptations Script





I can hear



Church bells tolling



I can hear



Saints a-singing



I can see



See hearse wheels rollin'



Somebody's leavin'



The world of toil and strife



I realize...

that surely and eventually



We're gonna leave



This old world behind,

yes, we are



That's why I'm makin'



Oh, yes, I am,

making preparations




to meet the Lord



To meet






The Lord



A woman came up to me one day...



Thanks, Darrin.



You're welcome.



She said I'm not ready...



I'm not ready to give up

my wicked ways...



You want to be

my girlfriend?



Sorry, but I want to marry

Michael Jackson.



Darrin, Lilly,

get in there and sit down.



...he gives me a hard time



Yeah, yeah



I told that woman



I told that woman how

could you hold out any longer



When you see that Jesus...

Jesus, he loves you so?



Then I heard her say,

I'm gettin' ready



Yeah, gettin' ready



I'm gettin' ready

to meet the Lord



To meet



Oh, yes, I am



The Lord



Gonna holler and testify



I'm gettin' ready



Gettin' ready



Gettin' ready



Gettin' ready



Oh, yes, I am



Gettin' ready



Yes, I am



Gettin' ready



Oh, yeah,

I'm gettin' ready



Gettin' ready



Every day of my life



Gettin' ready



I'm gettin' ready



Gettin' ready



Oh, yes, I am.



Gettin' ready



I'm packin' up now



Gettin' ready



I'm gettin' ready



Gettin' ready



Are you ready?



Gettin' ready



Are you ready?



Gettin' ready



Are you gettin' ready?



Gettin' ready



I'm gettin' ready



Gettin' ready



I'm gettin' ready



Gettin' ready



Oh, yes, I am



To meet the Lord



- To meet

- Yeah



Yeah, yeah



The Lord



To meet the Lord.



Oh, I'm looking for that stone



That stone, that



Flew down the mountain



I'm looking for that stone

that came...



Oh, alleluia



I'm looking for that stone,

yes, I am



Flew down the mountain



And it's coming

all the way down



- Yes, it is

- Coming down



Coming down... to the

demon town, yeah, girl



We're near it,

the   st Century



Oh, yeah, and the Lord

could come at any time



At any time



- In a second

- A second



- In a moment

- A moment



In a twinkle of an eye






Going to my home up,

up in the sky



Oh, I'm looking

for that stone, yes, I am



Hewn off the mountain



I'm looking for that stone



Rolling down to earth



I've got to find my stone,

yes, I have



Hewn off the mountain



And it's coming down






All the way down



All the way down



All the way down



To redeem a dying world



Oh, that stone



Oh, that stone, oh, that stone



I love that stone, yes, sir



That Jesus called a stone



- That healed the stone

- Rejected that stone



- That stone

- That stone



I love that stone, yeah,

I love that stone



- Well...*

- I love that stone



I found that stone that was...



Hewn off the mountain



I found that stone, yes, I did



Rolling down the mountain



Said I love my stone



- Whoa!

- Hewn off the mountain



And it's coming

all the way down



- All the way down

- Coming all down



- To redeem a dying world

- To redeem...



Yes, it is



...a dying world



- A dying world.

- World!



Bless you.



Oh, my goodness,

there she goes again.



Wouldn't be a normal Sunday



if Faye didn't get

slain in the spirit.






Oh, Maryann.






This boy is growing like a weed.



You must be feeding

him fertilizer.



And his teachers say

he's the smartest in his class.



There she is.



Hold her, Reverend.



The nerve.



Standing in the house of God



and all the while

singing the devil's music.



Paulina, what's this all about?



I found this down

at Robinson's store.



It's Maryann,



singing that R&B sex music.



Oh. Oh, uh, uh,



uh, Maryann. Maryann!



What you got to say

about all this?



I finally got my chance

to become a singer.



I didn't think

anything was wrong.



Reverend, the church bylaws

clearly state



that no member shall partake

of fornication,












And drinking, which

is all going on down



at that juke joint

where she sings.



Just take a look at this.



"Do it to me again."



My, my, my, my, my.



Now, we all know

what "it" means.






I'm surprised you'd

even remember what "it" is.



And besides,



what were you doing

down at the record store



Iooking through

"the devil's music"?



I got the Lord on my

side with this one.



Paulina, you need to hush.



Tell her, honey.



Because this girl



ain't doing nothing

to hurt nobody.



Amen, sister Sally.



Need I remind you

of the church motto?



Tell her, sister!



"Beware of brief delight

and lasting shame."



That must be them kids

on that organ again.



I'm-I'm gonna go.



Stop stalling, Paul.



You know the church rules.



- You're supposed to handle this.

- Paulina,



I'm the pastor here.

Leave it to me, please?



You do your job, boy,

or I'm going to go and get Mama.



Now, you know you're supposed



to call me "reverend"

around here.



I'm going to handle this

my way, okay?



Now, Maryann.



It's like this.



It's like she says.



You stop singing

that secular music,



or you're going to have

to leave the choir.



I'm sorry.



It's your pick.



Make up your mind, child.



Think about what

you're doing, sister.



Wave good-bye to Aunt Sally.



Darrin, here's that



market research you wanted,



and I know you're real busy,



but there's something

you should know.



Yes... I'm going

to blow them away.



I'm a player.



I'm in the zone.



Corner office, huge window.



Take care of these

credit card bills for me.



All right.



Use this one

to pay off this one, okay?



- Okay.

- And, uh, do a balance transfer



from... oh, excuse me...

from here to here



for that one, all right,



and cover this one

with that one.



So, what were you

trying to say earlier?



There's a private investigator

over there looking for you.






Who's trying to find me?



I'm double checking...

is Darrin Hill around?



What did he say?

Did you tell him anything?



Does he know what I look like?



No. Chill.



I told him you're not in,



- so he's leaving a message.

- Uh, tell him I'm out of town.



I did.






Time to climb

the corporate ladder.



By our projections,



this plan will increase

the market shares



of Lincoln & Gerald Liquors

by a whopping eight percent



in as little as two years.



We were hoping to see

faster growth.



We can give them

double digit growth.



As I said, it is



the company position that

eight percent growth should be



the goal.



- Now...

- lf there's a different opinion



that'll lead to better growth,

we want to hear it.



Now let me ask you



which demographic consumes

the most malt liquor?



Go ahead, you can say it.



Black people.



There you go.



Very good.



However, I noticed

in your company report



that you don't have

a malt liquor division.



I noticed that, too.



I propose



a new ad campaign

for a malt liquor division



that maximizes exposure

in the African-American market.



Place positive images

of your product



in areas

where black people live.



By tapping into

the buying power



of this consumer base,



you'll pass single-digit growth

faster than a pro athlete



can get his criminal charges




That, my friends,

is not thinking outside the box.



That's realizing

there is no box.



Now, those are the kind of ideas

we hired this company for.



Where have you been hiding

this one, Fairchild?



He's one

of our junior executives.



This man needs to be

on the team.



I mean, he was a junior

executive... before today.




You've just been promoted.



Thank you, sir.



Where'd you learn

that kind of thinking?



- Yale.

- Oh, I'm a Princeton man myself,



but I see we let one get away.



Okay, well, we better leave



and let them get started

on this interesting idea.



Well, I guess I'll be giving you



a corner office with a view.



Thank you, sir.






Well, this is France's finest.



I first encountered it

growing up in Monte Carlo.



Please, you're a New York boy

if I ever saw one.



No, I lived there

until I was   .



Wow, I have never met a brother

who grew up in Europe before.



Actually, I was born

in South America.






Homé Vidéo.



That's in Peru, right?




My father was in oil.



You sound so American.



Well, I went to prep school

here... at Andover.



Money was no object.



- Cool.

- Mr. Hill,



I'm afraid your credit card

has been declined.



R-Right, that was, uh,

not activated yet.



Okay. Uh... try this one.



Darrin, Mr. Fairchild

wants to see you



first thing in the morning.






Great, great, great.



As you can see,

there is nothing



in my refrigerator but water,



water and wine.



This is the dining room.



We don't spend a lot of time



in here so it looks

very nice and well-set.



Like this chandelier...



it's not just

a normal chandelier.



It's just kind of funky and fun.



You wanted to see me, sir?






What I have to say

is very difficult.



We have a, uh... situation.



A situation that involves




a lack of candor,



and an unbridled passion



to get what one wants

at any cost.



I think you know

what I'm referring to.



Of course, sir, company policy.



No, no, no...



well, yes, of course it is,



but in this case

it's something more personal.



Darrin, you're fired.






But why?



A representative

of Lincoln & Gerald



has an annoying habit

of checking up on things.



It seems that you were

thrown out of Yale



when it was discovered



you faked your high school

diploma from Andover.



How long did you think

it would take



before your deception

caught up with you?



But, sir,

I've been doing such good work.



Mr. Hill,



we cannot be represented

by people who tell lies.



We're in advertising.



You obtained this job

under false pretenses,



and now you've caused the firm

great embarrassment



in front of important clients.



I'm sorry.

I have to let you go.



You're good, you're smart,



but you broke

the Eleventh Commandment...



"Thou shalt not get caught."






Sir, please,

you're making a big mistake.



I'm here for you.



I'm smart, I'm ambitious...



Have your things



out of here in half an hour.



I'm disappointed in you.



I expected more

from a congressman's son.



Darrin Hill?






You've been a tough one

to track down, Mr. Hill.



I hate to be the bearer

of bad news,



but this is for you.



What is it? A subpoena?




Ploy to distract me

while you repo my stuff?



Sure, those are fun,

but no.



Oh, my Aunt Sally died.



"We request your presence

at the funeral



and reading of the will."






The funeral is tomorrow.



Maybe you should

ask your boss



for some time off.



You know you just cut

a brother, right?






Hurts when you do that, man.






Come on, baby.



Make me happy.



Cash advance.



Be a winner.

Be a winner.






Thank you, Bank of Piscataway.



Heaven only knows



How much I love you, baby



Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,

oh, oh, oh



Heaven's in your eyes...



Baby, please



Please don't take

your love from me



I am yours forevermore



Till eternity






Listen to the words

I say



Now I'm not talking

just for play



Listen to me, please...



I told you kids ain't got



no business playing

a man's game.



Funny, that's the same thing

someone told me...






two hours ago.



Don't you know



Don't you know,

don't you know



Love is all I need



'Cause I love you

and I need you



Yes, I want you,

gotta have you



Ooh, yeah, yeah.



Spent my whole life



On the way

to someplace else



Thinking right around

the bend



I might find myself



But the search goes on



I won't quit

till I get home.









Can I get something

to eat around here?






Coming right up.



Better make that to go.



I need a taxi.



Reed's only got two hands.



Wait until he fixes

your dinner.






No signal.



Wait, wait, wait.






You must be Darrin.



Damn, word, get low.



What's up?



Darrin, I'm Lucius, man,



I'm your welcome committee.



Oh, well,

how'd you know I was here?



Man, word travels

fast, and Aunt Sally



always bragged she had a

successful nephew from New York.



Let me get your stuff, man.






Come on.






Monte Carlo didn't change, man.



It used to be a one-horse town.



What, did the horse die?



No, see, see, now you'll see,

you'll see, you'll see.



We got everything to offer

that a big city does.






I'm happy to have another

player in town, man.



I've got tired of

holding this down solo.



Hey, man, reach over there



and pull this handle

from the inside.



It only open from the inside.






- Appreciate that.

- Sure.



So you came by train.

That's cool.



I was trying to meet the bus.



Going to the Canaan Inn.



Okay, that-that Canaan Inn,



that's straight down this road



about five minutes.



Oh. Whoa.



Your door won't open,

and mine won't stay shut.



But it opens.






Yes, it opens.



The next hour of programming



is brought to you by

Mitchell's Funeral Home,



where the caskets are so nice,

you'll wish you were dead.



Now for the news.



Like to give a shout out

to Darrin Hill,



in town for Sally's funeral.



Welcome home, little Darrin.



That's news?



I'll be right back

with traffic.



There is no traffic.



There is no traffic.



This is easy.

I could do this job.



Oh, I wonder what

the temperature is.



The temperature is   .






Boy, you done got up there

in New York and got soft,



and this ain't nothing compared

to July and August.



That's when you can take an egg

and just fry it on the sidewalk.



Well, you can keep that.



After the funeral, I'm going

straight back to New York City,



where we don't have eggs frying

on the sidewalk.



Why? Because it's cold?



No, because it's civilization.



There's too much urine

on the sidewalk.



See, boy, see, you don't

know what you're missing.



Now I'm telling you,

now the hotter



it get down here,

the less and less



the honeys start wearing.



You know, they got to

let that booty bo...


            to let

that booty breathe.



Now I'm telling you,



I know you got all your



Naomo Campbos

and your Holle Berrys,



and your Teary-Eyed Banks,



all them models

and junk up there,



but for the booty, you

got to come down south.



We booty experts.




Booty is in the eye

of the beholder.



No, booty gonna be in my hand.



Check it out now, you see,



now your Louisiana booty,

it gets its renowned buoyancy



from its heavy seafood diet,

while your Alabama booty,



it's characterized

by its density.



You're talking

about a quarter-bouncing ping.



And as for your

Mississippi booty,



it's been an ongoing debate,



but consensus say that the

Indian-genetic contribution



gives us its beautiful tone.



And as for your

Georgia booty,



it's been known for ages

that the Georgia sun



bakes and seals

all the booty juices



into a slow roast.



I see I'm dealing

with a connoisseur.



Oh yeah, for sure.

A booty connoisseur.



Oh. Who's that?



Lilly. Please, hurry up.



That's Lilly.



Forget all of that booty stuff.



She's in a spectrum

of fine as the energy



is so potent, she got

a class-action suit



against her right now



for reckless endangerment, man.



Sounds like



a special kind of woman.



Well, holler at me

later on tonight.



I'll hook you up with her.



This is where you're staying.



I thought they were

putting me up in a hotel.



This looks like a house.



It's a boarding house.



It's the only place

that has room.



The prison officer's

convention is in town.



Hey, Jimmy B.



Hey, what up, Smooth L?



His grandmother

owns the place.



You Darrin?






You're late.



Yo, come on, everybody

is already at the funeral.



- Um... uh...

- Get in.



Mama catch me put a whuppin'

to my backside



And even as a crack fiend...



Hey, man, now, come on, look.



That's inappropriate

music for this occasion.



Show some respect.



This man's auntie is

about to be maggot food.



At any moment, the funeral

is beginning



of Sally Walker.



Let us have a moment of silence

to pay our respect.



Uh, uh, sorry 'bout that.



I guess I was celebrating

her life



a little late, uh,

into the night.



Oh, Simon. Sarah,

how are y'all doing today?



This is Aunt Sally's nephew,




Nice to meet you.



Sorry about your aunt.



Oh, yes, we all

loved Miss Sally.



Why, she was little

Nicholas' godmother.



Hey, little man.



You know I'm your daddy, right?



Don't hate the player,

hate the game.



I'm in the friggin'

twilight zone.



Wake up.



Wake up.



Oh, Sally!



Why'd it have to be her?



Oh, Lord, oh, Lord.



Good Lord, Faye!



Couldn't you find someplace else

to be slain in the spirit?



Grandma, get up.



She's your grandma?



- Yeah.

- Oh, Lord, oh, Lord.



They've got a lot of nerve



showing their faces

in the House of God.



I'm glad my dear departed

husband James



isn't here to witness

this abomination.



You can't keep people

from a funeral, Paulina.



Besides, they all love Sally.



They're a bunch of heathens.



I don't even know why she cared.



Move down.



Brothers and sisters,

we are gathered here today



to pay tribute

to a great woman...






...Sally Walker.



And we will now be blessed

with a selection from the choir



and their lead singer,



Reverend Shirley Caesar.






I got a signal. It's a miracle.



Son, if that ain't Jesus

calling, shut it off.



Sorry. Go on.



I, uh... I...



cell phone's been out of range.



Has Mr. Fairchild

changed his mind?









They've already started

repossessing your stuff.



Not my TV!



Nothing can replace Aunt Sally!



Not my TV, not my Bose

home theater system...



Yeah, let it out, son,

let it out.



Mm, yeah. Mm.



Keep stalling the creditors,

I'll call you back.



It's all right.



Gonna be all right, man.



The church is in mourning






Glory to God



The church is in mourning






Oh, yes, oh, yeah, yeah, oh



The church is in









Good God almighty



Another soldier



A true born soldier



Has gone...



Gone home






Well, we're here today



For the home-going



Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah!



And the celebration

of a wonderful woman



Aunt Sally



Everybody loved Aunt Sally



She took the young people



And carried them under her wings



And she cared for the elderly



I just want to say, listen



We might not have this chance



Sleep on, Aunt Sally



Sleep on, Aunt Sally



And take your rest



We loved you, Aunt Sally



But God loves you best



If you see my mother there



Tell my mama I'm on my way



I'm on my way



Our hearts are in mourning






Glory to God



Yes, to lift our hearts

in mourning






Good God almighty



Good God almighty



Yes, to lift our hearts

in mourning






Another soldier



A true born soldier



A Holy Ghost soldier



A heaven-bound soldier









Gone, gone






Gone on home



Gone home






























Oh, oh, yeah, yeah...



Let the church say amen.






Let the church say amen.






- Yes, Lord...

- Amen.



Yes, Lord!



Yes, yes, yes.

Well, well, well.



At this time,



we'd like to give



some of Sally's

family and loved ones



an opportunity

to come up here



and say how much

she meant to them.



And it's only fitting

to start with the person



that came the farthest way

to be here.



That's her great-nephew, Darrin.



All right, Darrin, all right.



Oh, yeah, brother Darrin.



Yes, my brother.



Come on.



Oh, yeah. Amen.






Many of you don't remember me.



The one that had the phone.



Yeah. But before that,



I was Aunt Sally's

favorite nephew.






I thought we'd see forever,



but forever's gone away.



And it's so hard

to say good-bye



to yesterday.



Boyz II Men.



I got one amen.

Can I get another?






My mom passed away

a few years ago



in a hit-and-run accident



when I was still a teenager,



and it's the talks

I had with her



I cherish more than anything.



I remember her telling me...



that it was Aunt Sally

who took us in



when I was just a baby,

after my father died in Vietnam.



I'll always love her for that.



Your mama dead, too?



He just said it.



Young man,



I'm so glad that you came

for your aunt's funeral.






She was always telling us



how well you were doing

up in New York.



With your important job.



What was it?



What was what?



Your job.



It's funny, she never mentioned

what it was.



Boy, I haven't seen you



since you were knee-high

to a grasshopper.



Reverend, um, have you seen

this very pretty lady...



I think her name is Lilly?



She ain't no lady.



Oh, now, Mother Cooley.



All sinners are welcome

in the house of the Lord.



Sinner? She's a sinner?



What kind of sinner?









Well, Darrin, I just come



to offer you my condolences

and to just let you know



that to be absent from the body

is to be present with the Lord.



You got to understand

that she's in



a far better place, okay?



Yes, ma'am.



You know, I got to tell you,



you and that choir...

boy, you're pretty good.



Pretty good? Huh.



And to my neighbor

and best friend, Faye,



I leave all my favorite recipes.



Thank you, Sally.



Now, Faye, depending



on what I die from,



you might want to divide

the Crisco measurements by half.



Don't change

that Chicken Supreme.



And to Paulina Pritchett,



I leave my collection

of church hats



that she always

complimented me on.



She should really enjoy

wearing them,



unless, of course, she was lying

to me all those years



but criticizing my taste

behind my back.



I'll wear them every Sunday.



And now,

for my only surviving relative,



my great-nephew, Darrin.



To Darrin, I leave the box



containing the letters

his mother sent me



after they left Monte Carlo.



I also pass on to him



the charge of returning

to Monte Carlo



to continue the family tradition



of... directing

the Beulah Baptist Church Choir.



- No!

- No.



I-lt's her dying wish.



I was next in line



to get the choir.



I been waiting years

for Sally to die.



God rest her soul.



Listen, lady, you can have it.



I'm not staying, let alone

leading some small-town choir.






O-On the condition that Darrin

gets the choir accepted



into the annual Gospel Explosion

in Columbus,



and performs there,

I also leave him



my entire stock

in Georgia Telecom,



currently worth $      .



I was just kidding

about that small-town stuff.



And the church bus.



How much that worth?



No way! Mm-mmm!



I don't care

what Sally's dying wish was.



We all know she was losing it

these last few years.



Besides, Paul,



it's your church,

and you have final say



over who leads

the choir.



It's in the bylaws.



Well, I guess

that would seem kind of odd



to have someone

with no musical experience



leading the choir.



No, no, I have plenty

of musical experience.



Now, you all

don't know this,



and I didn't tell

anyone, but, um...



I'm a music producer.






Yeah, that's what

I do for a living.



Ooh, looks like Sally

might have been onto something.



W-W-W-What kind

of producing have you done?



Well, I've worked with, uh...

P. Diddy.



Dre, Dark Child...

all of them.



- Who that?

- That's the gangsta stuff



that's polluting

my grandson's mind.



I was the one that put an end



to that whole East Coast

versus West Coast thing.



Yeah, I just sat them all down

and made them watch Roots.



I think

I read about that.



So, what

is this Gospel Explosion?



Oh, it's the annual event



where choirs

from all over the southeast



come to Columbus, Georgia,



to compete for the best

gospel performance



and a $      cash prize.



Yeah, a prize that could pay



for some much-needed

church repairs...



...if a certain musical producer



would bring it home, yes?



Paul Lewis, have you lost

your natural mind?



I wish Mama was alive



to see how you turn

on family like this.



Sally was as close to family

as anybody can get,



and I intend

on honoring her dying wish.



Now, Darrin,

the choir is yours.



You have six weeks



until the Gospel Explosion.



Whatever you need,



we're at your disposal.



But you're going to have to talk



to the church treasurer

about logistics.



Let me guess.



You're the treasurer.



Yes. Everything you need

is at my disposal.






Take it easy.



Oh, oh, uh, Paulina,



can I get a ride

back to my room?



Oh, Darrin.



Since you're going to be here



for longer than I thought,



let me give you

the extended stay rates.






There's an extra charge



of $ .   for every

bar of soap you use,



from now on,

$ .  



for any clean towel you require,



and $ .   a minute

for all calls made.



You get one

free  - -  call.



I suggest you use it wisely.



Air conditioning?



You're charging me

for air conditioning?



It gets     degrees at night.



What is that?



It's a Monte Cristo.



It's a cigar.









Of course.









That-That cost me $  .



This is a no-smoking house.



It's a no-smoking,



no drinking, no fornicating,

no point of living at all house.



Why are we here?



You'll see.



A little Southern delight.



Now the honeys in here,

they make them girls in Atlanta



Iook like somebody hit them in

the face with a sack of nickels.



And I don't mean that

in a sexy way.



There she is.



You're on your own.



I see somebody

that owes me some money.



Hey man, don't run away from me.



Man, I told you

I was going to get...



- Ooh, hi, sexy.

- Hey, baby.






You give me fever...



Fever... oh...






You give me fever



Fever in the morning



Fever when

it's late at night



You give me fever






Fever when you kiss me



Fever when

you hold me tight



You give me fever






Fever when you're with me



Fever when you love...



He's so sweet



He's so good to me



He's so intelligent



He's so confident



Baby, so damn sexy



Baby, put the fever on me



Give me a fever... oh...



Never know how much I love you



Never know

how much I care



When you put

your arms around me



I get the fever

that's so hard to bear



You give me fever






When you kiss me



And fever when

you hold me tight



You give me fever






In the morning



And fever

all through the night



Baby's so damn sexy



But baby

put the fever on me, uh-uh



Baby knows just what to do



Got me boiling past    



Give me a fever






Everybody's got a fever



That is something

you all know



Fever isn't such a new thing



Fever started long ago



Romeo loved Juliet



And Juliet felt the same



When he puts

his arms around her



He said, "Julie, baby,

you're my flame"



Give me fever



When we kisseth



Fever with a flame in you



Fever... I'm on fire



Fever, yeah,

I burn and soothe



Now that you listened

to my story



Here's a point

that I have made



Chicks were born

to give you fever



Being Fahrenheit

or Centigrade



They give you fever



When you kiss them



And fever

if you live and learn



Fever, until you sizzle



What a lovely way to burn



What a lovely way to burn



What a lovely way to burn



What a lovely way to burn...



What a lovely way to burn



What a lovely way to...












Tea with honey.



Here you go, Lilly.



Thank you.



You really know how

to connect with your audience.



That was hot.



It's a part of my act.



I pick out the guy

who's drooling the most,



and I make him sweat.



Well, it worked.



Can I buy you a real drink?



I'm Darrin.



You really don't remember me?



That Lilly?



You kept asking me

to be your girlfriend.



And you kept saying no.



Yeah, I was determined to be

Mrs. Michael Jackson.



And how's that going?



Ah, turns out

I'm not his type.



I can't believe you

remember that stuff.



I left town when you

were what, five?






Man, we heard about you

all the time.



Every week in choir rehearsal,

Sally would tell



us poor country folk

how well you



and your mama were

doing in slick city.



She was very special

to all of us.






When I talked to her

on the phone,



just before she passed,



she kept saying that

she wanted me to come back



and be with her

friends, like you.



You spoke with Sally that day?



Oh, yeah.



She went on and on.



I suppose she hung up

the phone and, uh...



And her dying wish

was for us to hook up?



God love her.



Sally was in a coma

two weeks before she died.



That's right.



It was...



must have been a couple

of weeks ago...






Anyway, I'm back



amongst all you

wonderful people



who need consoling

as much as I do.



How long are you in town?



Just tonight.



Hey, how about being

my girlfriend,



for old times' sake?



I've got a man.






Dean is big and strong



and has a real big

jealous streak.



Sometimes he watches

from the back.



Excuse me,

I got a show to do.



Uh, okay.



Hey, knock 'em dead.



Your act is terrific.



Yours needs a lot of work.



I know I missed your call, Rosa,



but this is the only place

I get a signal.



More charges came in,

more late fees.



You're up to    grand now.



Okay, listen, I just came

into some money, all right?



And I'll be able to take care of

everything in just a few weeks.



Just, uh, make sure they

don't know where to find me.



I'll do my best.



You're a doll.



Kick ass.






Okay, when

everyone gets here,



we'll begin rehearsals.



I was thinking

we should just



stick to that number

you did at the funeral.



Should be good enough to get

into any gospel competition.



That was Shirley Caesar, fool.



She hasn't gone

to this church for years,



but since she loved Sally,



we let her and her choir

sing at the funeral.



She's gone?



She's gone.



Well, where's our choir?



You're looking at it.



This is it?



Six measly people.



Actually just five.



Um, I'm just here 'cause

my wife's family's in town.



They're staying at my house.



Too late.



You're in the choir now.



Well, actually there

are two or three others.



Yeah, but they never show up.



Man, this is busted.



Why do I have to be here?



Oh, Brother Darrin?



When are you going to get us

our first record contract?



I want to hurry up

and get a Benz.



Hey, I didn't know we

were going to be famous.



You know what?



Definitely count me in now.



Um... let's do, uh...

"Amazing Grace."















...zing grace



How sweet the sound



That saved a wretch like me.



Stop, stop, stop.



Stop, please.



Okay, okay, okay,

let's not panic.






I'm open to suggestion.



Hey, when you get us

that record deal,



and they do one of those

VH  Behind the Musics on us,



I think it's best

if we don't talk about



me trying to leave the group.



You know?



They'll just make it look ugly.



Everything I do

is just for you



Counting every second

till we rendezvous



You want

to rendezvous



Ah, ah, yeah, yeah, yeah



Oh, baby, oh, baby



Oh, and I want to give it

to you, baby



Give it to me, baby



I want to give it to you



Oh, give it to me, baby






'Cause everything I do

is just for you



'Cause everything

I do is just for you



All for you



Come on, give me your love.



Uh, hello, there.



I just had

to see you again.



Aren't you supposed

to be gone?



Yes, but, uh,

I was feeling bad



about our little

misunderstanding last night.



No misunderstanding,



just using Aunt Sally's memory

to hit on me.



- That's low.

- Come on.



Can I at least

buy you a drink?



Is that Dean?






Okay, you can buy me a drink.



Oh, I'm sure you heard



- about Aunt Sally's will.

- No.



It seems she wants me



to take care of

the choir down at Beulah.



Why did she put you

in charge of it?



I'm sorry,

that came out wrong.



Oh, no, no, no.



It's okay,

it was a shock to me, too.



Yeah, it's a big job.



That's why I've cleared my

schedule for the next six weeks,



put some business deals on hold,



so that I can focus

on getting the choir



into the Gospel Explosion.






I been there and done that.



Look, if it's Paulina

you're worried about,



I'll take care of Paulina.



I'd love to see that one.



I'm the choir director now.



Yeah, for six weeks.



Listen, if she starts getting

all Christian on you...



- Christian?

- Yeah.



She is not a Christian.



My mama said hollering

in the church



don't make you

any more of a Christian



than standing in the garage

makes you a Cadillac.



No, man, I can't let

those hypocrites



Iook down their noses at me

just because I...



Sing sexy songs for a living.






And just because I...



Dress like that.



What's wrong with

the way I dress?



Oh, no, no, I'm just

finishing your sentence.



I was going to say

because I...



Cheat on your boyfriend



with hot choir directors

from New York City?






- Finishing your sentences?

- Look.



I know your kind.



You came here last night

'cause you wanted something.



You came back again tonight

'cause you want something else,



and tomorrow you're going

to want something else.



I can smell when a man

is trying to use me,



and mister, you stink.



Okay, is that how

you feel about it?






This town is full of singers.



I don't need you anyway.



And remember, everybody,

Handy's Funeral Home



offers limousines

for all occasions.



Why not get in one

while you're still living?



Well, now that we done

paid the bills...



Ladies and gentlemen,



sitting directly

across from me,



I have Mr. Darrin Hill

all the way from New York City.



So Darrin,



tell the good people

of Monte Carlo



what brings you

down here with us?



I'm responsible

for rebuilding the choir



down at Beulah Baptist Church.



In fact, I'm holding auditions

tomorrow morning,



and anyone with any musical



ability can come by.



As long as they are,

as we say at Beulah,



fully committed to God's work.



Amazing Grace



How sweet the sound



That saved a wretch like me.






Forgiving my sins



Baptized in the water



Freed by the Holy Ghost



Washed in the blood

of the lamb



Forgiving my sins



Baptized in the water



Freed by the Holy Ghost



Washed in the blood

of the lamb



God's going

to move this place



God's going to move

this place



God's going to turn the world

upside down



Auditions for the Beulah Baptist

Church Choir are still open.



Applicants need not be fully

committed to God's work,



but shouldn't be against it.



I'm the hottest shit in

New York since Air Force Ones



And from the borough that

brought you Chris and Pun



Yeah, a lot of cats rhyme,

but not like some



I make it hard, like breathing

with a slug in your lung



Blow, blow, now you got

to deal with me



Isn't she lovely?



Isn't she wonderful?



Isn't she precious?



Isn't she precious?



Just one minute old



You got to be kidding me!



I never thought

true love would bring



One that's has lovely as she



But isn't she lovely?



Made from love.



News update.



Auditions for the Beulah

Baptist Church Choir,



atheists may now apply.



Oh, thanks for coming, Lucius.



No problem.

Where to?



Oh, I just need to print

up some more fliers.



Paulina won't let me use

Jimmy B's printer anymore.



She says it's running

up her light bill.



Oh, well, you know

old folks in the south



believe some crazy stuff.



Tell me about it.



When it's storming,



she doesn't even

use the electricity.



You don't play with God.






You don't sing, do you, Lucius?



Do I sing? Y-Yeah.



They say I sound like

a black Al Jarreau.



Great, you're in the choir.



Oh, whoa, wait a minute.

What'd you say?



Pump your brakes.



I'm not planning on

joining the church



until I have sown my wild oats.



Then I'm going to get me

a young virgin and settle down.



Say no more.






word's out.



Paulina's bad enough,

you done pissed her off.



Don't nobody want

to be a part



of that mix

made in hell.



Now the only way

I can join is...



is if... is if you paying.



How about the prize money?

  /  ?



Done deal,   /  .



Hello, are you Joseph?






Can I line you up, son?



Actually I just came by

to post some fliers



for my choir auditions,

if that's okay.






Seeing how you're new

in these parts,



it's going to be kind of hard

for you



to attract people.



Most folks around here,



they don't trust an outsider.



It was years

before I told anyone



I'm not from Mississippi.



I've got a guy here



who needs his ears lowered.



Hey, Lilly.



Dean, my man.



Come on,

I'll get the seat.



That's Dean?



He's big, strong and jealous,



so watch yourself.



So I see you done met



the big-time music producer

from New York, huh?



Music producer?



Lilly has the best



voice in town.



I know.



You don't have to wait with me.



No one else's mom

waits for them.



He'll be fine.



Okay, I'm going to be

next door, all right?



Dean, don't talk to strangers.



Yo, big man.



You want us to sing you

a song like we did last time?



Yes, please.



It'll cost you.



I'll give you

a thousand money.









When I was a little boy



When I was just a boy



And the devil

would call my name



When I was just a boy



I'd say "Now who do,



Who do you think

you're fooling?"



- When I was just a boy

- I'm a consecrated boy



When I was just a boy



I'm a singer in a Sunday choir



Oh, my mama loves me



She loves me



She get down on her knees

and hug me



Oh, she loves me like a rock



She rocks me

like the rock of ages



And loves me



She love me, love me,

love me, love me



When I was grown

to be a man



Grown to be a man



And the devil would

call my name



Grown to be a man



I'd say "Now who do,



Who do you think

you're fooling?"



- Grown to be a man

- I'm a consummated man



Grown to be a man



I can snatch a little purity



Oh, my mama loves me,

she loves me



She get down on her knees

and hug me



Like she loves me like a rock.






You know, at first I was

afraid you'd follow me here,



but I actually feel a lot safer



knowing you're not

in the same room with my son.



And to answer

your next question, no...



You're not married.



Don't finish my sentences.



That's why you're

a sinner.



Stay far away from me.



No, no...



No, I'm saying, that's no

reason to treat you badly.



I mean, how dare they?



It's not your fault.



Well, it's   % your fault



because it takes

two people to...



Well, you know what I mean.






I'm saying it's a pity



that you don't have

a complete family,



but it's still no reason...



Oh, don't talk to me

about family,



Mr. Didn't Call Aunt Sally

For    Years.







I'm sorry.



I'm starting to see how

tough things are for you.



Oh, yes.



Boo-hoo for the poor,

black mother



stuck in her hometown

without a man.



Whatever shall I do?



I didn't mean it that way.



Excuse me, Lilly, I'm sorry,



but your card

is maxed out again.



I forgot to put

my paycheck in.



Thank you.



- Excuse me.

- Hmm-mm.



Hey, try this one.



Sorry, Dr. Hill,



yours is declined, too.



Dr. Hill? You a doctor?



No, that's just my music name.



You know, like Dr. John,

Dr. Dre.



Try this one.



Well, that's cleared.



Of course.



Sign here.



Thank you.



That was really nice.



You didn't

have to do that.



That's what I'm saying,

I'm a nice guy.



I don't know

what the problem is.



I usually get along better

with beautiful women.



Okay, I'll...



I'll give you a check

tomorrow, first thing.



Oh, um, cash.









Oh... Darrin.



Thanks for meeting me here.



Uh, how's it going

with the choir?



Well, I'm still having trouble

recruiting the members.



Son, it's at times like these



I suggest listening

to God's voice.



Sorry, Rev, I'm not

into the spooky stuff.



Oh, just open it up.



And these people can sing?



Oh, yes.



Please don't tell my sister.



Hello, everyone.



I'd like you to welcome



the new members of our choir.



So when is this competition?



In a few weeks.



And our new organist.



You touch my keyboard



and I kick your

drunk 'bama ass.



Oh, oh, wait, Homer.



Now, if we stand any chance



of getting into

the Gospel Explosion,



we could use

all the help we can get.






Bringing all these drunks



up into the church

with hats on



and drunks and everything.



Okay, everyone, please.



Okay, good.



Good. Uh...

I'd like to...



I'd like to try a new song.



Um... uh...






Can you, uh, get rid

of the gum, please?









That was nasty.



Uh..."Swing Low,

Sweet Chariot."



Oh, ah, uh, Homer, please.






Swing low



Sweet chariot



Comin' for to carry me





wait, wait, stop, stop.



Stop, wait, um...

this is not working.






You need to pick

a lead singer.



You'd know that if you knew what

you were doing.



Oh, oh, could-could I maybe try?






would you, uh, like to try?






My dear departed

husband James said



that when I sing, it

made him think of heaven.



Probably meant he wanted

to blow his brains out.






you've sung lead



- before?

- I have,



and it gave me great joy.



Oh, good. Then it'll hurt

that much more



when I find someone else.



Be careful, Dean, baby,

don't hurt yourself.



Oh, let the boy be.



He's already wearing

more protection



then they gave me

when I fought in the war.






- Hey.

- Hey.



You're the pain in the butt

from the barbershop.



He must have heard

that somewhere.



Hi, there, young man.



I'm Lilly's grandfather.



Hello, sir.



I've been waiting

for a nice, strong young man



to come and whisk Lilly away.



Somebody did that already,




She shouldn't be wasting

the next    years of her life



taking care of no old man.



No, she should go off



and have a life of her own.






Sammy Sosa.



What do you say?



He said cool.






Thank you.



Look, Granddaddy.



- I got Sammy Sosa.

- Oh, okay.



So have you changed

your mind about the choir?



Why should I,

'cause you gave Dean a toy?



No. Yes?



Why is this so important to you?



Because it's what

my Aunt Sally wanted me to do.



Every time I pack my bags

to leave,



I get that image

of her helping my Mom out



when I was little...



and because

it was her last wish



to get into the Explosion,



and because...



And because

you're getting $      .



I thought I'd finish

your sentence for you.



That is the truth, right?



Yeah. Yes.



Thanks for being honest,



but I can't.






You mean, I just told the truth

for nothing?



Thank you for the loan




I know you want cash.



You know, this truth stuff

is highly overrated.



I don't care who started it.



You both should be ashamed.



Okay, let's try it

once more from the top.



Hey. Thank you,

thank you, thank you.



I'm not doing this for you.



The truth is I'm doing this

for Sally.



Well, thank you anyway.



Choir, I'd like you to meet

our new soloist, Lilly.



- What's your last name?

- Tramp.



I knew this would happen.



No-no-no, wait, wait,

wait, please, please.



Let me handle this. Please.



Have you forgotten that Jesus

loved Mary Magdalene?



She was a ho.



"Let him who is without sin



cast the first stone."



Thank you for handling it.



No, no, no, no, no,

I-I don't mean it.



I'm just saying it

for effect. Please.



It is your duty



to help fallen women.



I'm willing to help.



- Hi.

- I agree. It's about time



we get some young Baptist booty

up in this choir.



Ask her how come she has to keep

so many husbands



away from their homes down



at that old sin hole

she be working at.



Would Aunt Sally

have been this harsh?






No, Sally would've wanted Lilly

to stay in the choir...



- Amen.

- Unlike some people.



- Amen again.

- That's right.



If she was a respectable woman,



she would have

a respectable job.



The last thing we need

is another loose woman



up in the choir stand.



Now she should just

go on home, take care



of that little bastard baby...



Leave my son out of this.



Talk to her. Tell her.



Dean is a gift from God.



So is snow and rain,



but we still have

to wear our rubbers.



You know what Sally

told me once?



She said,



"When life makes you

have to put up



"with mean and hateful people,



"just think of them

as sandpaper.



"They may scratch you,

rub you the wrong way,



"but eventually...

you end up smooth and polished,



"and the sandpaper...



it's just going to be

worn out and ugly."



Lilly, you don't need my help.



Now if I could get you all

to sing as well as you fight,



you'd be the baddest choir

in all of Georgia.



Now, Lilly is a member



of this choir

like everyone else.



If you don't like it, well...



you can just leave.



Oh, well that's my cue.



Y'all coming?



Uh, Paulina,

I thought you were leaving.



The choir, yes,

but I'll stay in this church



as long as I want.



I'm the treasurer.



Fine. Fine. Then we'll rehearse

with Lilly as our lead.



- Watch it, bro.

- Hey!



- Get down.

- That's mine. Right there.



Aw, man!



The Lord is good.



The Lord bless you.



Mr. Clean!



You know, I always



liked church.



There's a hell

of a lot more action



than in the barbershop.









Hold it.



Do I come in on the upbeat

or the downbeat?



Suit yourself. You're the pro.



Try the downbeat, honey.



I usually let the Neptunes

program on my upbeat, so...



Let's try it again



from the top.






Aren't you going to arrange us



for the performance?



Right, right.

Lilly, Lilly, please, up.



Ladies, all three, up.



Okay, Tasha,



Tasha, please, down...



and, uh... oh,

please, yes, Bessie,



Alma and Miss Stringer.



Yeah, cute. Yes, yes,

there you go.



Okay. Young and foxy

in the front



and weird and funky

in the back...



but we love you.



All right. Ready?



From the top.



I'm... going...






Great! Yee-haw!



With a little more work,



I think we've got a real shot

at the Explosion.



And after that,

maybe even a record deal.



Then we'll tour on our own bus

with a clean bathroom.



A tour? Girl, like I'm going

to leave my granddaddy behind



by himself? Uh-uh.



Well, thankfully

all my family's dead.



That wasn't half bad.



It saddens me that the deadline



for entering the Gospel

Explosion has passed.






"All audition tapes

are to be submitted



to audition judge

Luther Washington by...



yesterday afternoon.



She had something

to do with this.



I mean, you know, she...



Why didn't you say something?



You're the director now;

deadlines are your problem.



It's been posted for weeks.






On the back



of the ladies' room door.



I sure as heck never saw it,



and I use that door every day.



You need to check

the girl's bathroom more often.



You mean we did all this work



- for nothing?

- Yeah.



And my best friend Keno

taught me how to do



the African Boot Dance.



Heck, I even stopped drinking.



Uh, I know that's a good thing,



- I-I'm just saying...

- Wait, wait, wait, listen, hey,



listen, everybody.



Just go home and don't worry.



Taking care of problems

is my specialty.



I'll be back

in a couple of weeks,



and if I don't get a job,

I'm a dead man.



Yeah, I used my credit card

down here to fix a bus. Why?



They traced it. It was reported

to a credit bureau in Atlanta.



Well, what does that mean?



Felony, interstate fraud.



Just lay low, and stay away

from law enforcement.



Mr. Washington

will see you now.



Mr. Hill.






As a Christian man,

I do believe in mercy,



but as a prison warden,



I'm a stickler for the rules.



See, without rules,



society breaks down.









Let me handle this.



Did I say you can talk?



- Look...

- Did I open my mouth



and say you could talk?



But I-I-I... I took

assertive tenderness.



I took assertiveness




Look, Washington,



we're giving you an opportunity



to be a part of the

Belie Baptist...






The Beulah Baptist

Gospel Choir business.



Me, an opportunity?



Now, you need BBGC more



than BBGC needs you.



We're selling, not buying.



We're not selling.



We're... we are...



We're buying, not selling.



Now, you got    seconds

to m-make an offer,



or it's, you know?






Let me think about it.




Oh, come on.

Please, man.



- We'll pay you.

- Listen, listen.



Sir, you don't understand



the challenges my choir

and I have faced.



Please, just hear us sing.



We can be ready in a half hour.






And I'm putting my foot down.



It's a big "N" and a little "o."



Sir, the entertainment

for today canceled.



And you know what happened

last time.



You said a half an hour?



Will you let us

into the Explosion?



Only if you guys can pass

the mustard with my prisoners.



Mustard's passed.



We'll blow them away.



Look, we got to do it,



or we won't get

into the Explosion.



Darrin, Darrin.



- Darrin, Darrin.

- Just relax.



They all look so scary.



Look, we're here now,

so I'm going to sing it.



What? Huh?



- What?

- Huh?



Swing low...



Join in, join in,

join in, join in!



- Sweet chariot

- Shut up, old man!



Go home!



Coming for to carry me home



Swing low, sweet chariot



Coming for to carry me home...



Swing low...



Sweet chariot



That's better.



- Hey, now.

- Coming for



To carry me home



Swing low



Sweet, sweet, sweet

chariot, chariot



Coming for to carry me home



Yeah, yeah



Swing down chariots,

won't you let me ride?



- Oh, swing

- Swing down chariots



Stop and let me ride



Oh, rock me, Lord,

rock me, Lord



Calm and easy



I got a home



I got a home

on the other side



Dance, everybody, dance.



Six white horses

standin' side by side



- Oh, sing

- Six white horses prancing



- Sing

- Side by side



Oh, rock me, Lord,

rock me, Lord



Rock me, rock me



Calm and easy



I got a home...



I got home on the other side



Swing low, swing low



Swing low, swing low,

and let me ride



Why don't you let me ride?



Why don't you let me ride?



Ride, ride, ride, ride



Oh why don't you let me ride?



- Let me ride

- Why don't you let me ride?



Let me ride



Ride, ride, ride, ride



Swing down chariots,

won't you let me ride?



- Oh, swing

- Swing down chariots



Stop and let me ride



Oh, rock me, rock me, Lord



Calm and easy



I got a home

on the other side



- I got a home

- I got a home



You got a home



I got a home



We got a home



I got a home



- I got a home

- I got a home



I got a home



You got a home



I got a home



We goin' home



I got a home



- Goin' home

- I got a home



- Yes, Lord

- I got a home



Sweet Lord



I got a home



Take me home



I got a home



Take me home, Lord



I'm going home.



So look here, I guess that, uh,



your choir's

in the Gospel Explosion.



Don't let anyone know

I gave you any slack.



I have a reputation



as a hard ass

in the choir community.



Do you think

we have a shot at winning?



Hell, no.



You made it

through the audition, but...



I got prisoners that can sing

better than your choir.






Single file now.



Stay in line.



Guns in church.



The abomination that

causes desolation.



Guns ain't allowed?



Somebody should have told me.



Hey, big guy,



what's your name?






My name is Johnson.



What are you in for?



Beating down somebody



for making fun of my high voice.



Okay, so let's take, uh...



Let's take it

from the top, shall we?



Uh, our felons first.



Up. Up, please.












Gonna lay down my burdens...



Um, Mr. Briggs,



is there a problem?



It's one thing for the state

to force us



to make license plates,

or work in chain gangs,



but to make us sing

in a choir?



That's cruel

and unusual punishment.



Mr. Johnson?



I used to be in a group,



and when we used to sing, uh,

"Down By the Riverside"...



there's a part of the song

where I used to






You know, right at the end



with the sword and shield part.



People really liked that.



Would you like me

to do that for you?



All right.



What group did you sing with?



It doesn't matter.



They're dead now.






Okay, um...






And now, news time.



The Beulah Baptist Church Choir



now includes some

talented inmates



from our state prison system.



This could turn out



to be the breakout choir

of the year.



Ooh, ooh-ooh



I'm gonna lay down

my burdens, child



Down by the riverside



Yeah, down



Down by the riverside






Down by the riverside



- Say, I'm...

- Ee-oop



I'm gonna lay down my burdens



Down by...



Down by the riverside



Say, I ain't



Study war



- No, no, no, no

- No more



Study war no more...



No more



Say, I'm going down

to the river



Gonna put my foot in



Gonna let it go up

to my knees



Gonna let it go down

to my thigh



And I ain't gonna

study war no more






Study war no more



- No

- Study war no more



I, I, I, I, I



Study war no more...



Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah



All that street-corner

barbershop harmony



That's cool, right?



We got some new hip-hop

in Monte Carlo, Georgia,



for y'all tonight... yo, Briggs



I'm sick of packin'

all these nines



Slingin' dimes and smokin'

all the marijuana



Chillin' with pretty mamas from

Havana in the Bahamas



Most demons tryin' to see me

hot, like I'm in the sauna



And I'm just tryin' to get you

loose, kinda like Madonna



Call up everybody I know,

tell 'em it's time to go



Me and Bee-Z in the  - 

sittin' real low



Got the roll to the riverside,

put that liquor to the side



Ain't no need for getting high,

stay alive, in touch



Helps you die, that cocaine,

get me trippin', y'all



Never been lickin' that,

none of my burdens



Because I don't wanna

be left and burnin'



Flirtin' with death



And they promise

my last breath



Dressed in prison blues



Holy Spirit got me under arrest



I used to be a thug,

sold drugs



Might have stalked you



Stepped up in the church,

got converted at the altar



And I fought 'ya



Fell back and he caught you



Out tryin' to floss,

better live what he taught you



Goin' down



We goin' down to the river



Take it to the river



Goin' down, baby



Yo, yo



Down to the river



Take it to the river



And lay down



Haulin' my glocks

and automatics



I'm charismatic,

like crack addicts



You wreak havoc like

road ragers in bad traffic



It gets drastic,

but He's fantastic



In attracting no one packing,

now we're fasting



Has the passion, how can I get

this life everlasting?



Sick of blastin' and dashin',

flashin' like Charles Manson



Give me the ransom, now

we're glory, holla, dancin'



I'm flippin' and rippin'

to come up with lyrical styles



Y'all never heard



Tryin' to reach you

climb the stair



Beyond all of this

trippin' birds



Forget the English but rhymes,

but I'm the jefe



They bust the rich, bringin'

beats like Tito Puente



Salsa, merengue,

repos calientes



Azucar sabroso

para ti and para mi



Goin' down



Oh, as long as they

praising God's name,



it's all right with me.



The congregation is going to be

in for a surprise come Sunday.



Yeah, let me

know how it goes.



I expect you to be there, too.



Oh-oh oh, oh-oh oh



I'm goin' down, baby



We goin' down to the river





















We take it to the river



You know, we go down, down



We goin' down to the river



Take it to the river



Goin' down...



Glad you're here, Reverend.



I suppose you've noticed

how the choir has grown.



I-I was just seeing

how good they are.



I also suppose you plan

on enforcing the rules



and the bylaws

that says all members



of the choir



must be baptized

and take Bible-study classes.



Oh, now, Paulina.



You can't change that.



It'll change everything.



She has a point, Darrin.



What point is that?



If you change things,

then they'll be different?



Well, yeah.






Oh, I'm sorry, Darrin.



But if they're going to stay,



they're going to have to abide

by the church rules.



I can't swim.



Uh, don't worry, Mr. Johnson.



It's just a...



just a little sprinkle.



I won't do it.



We're broadcasting live

from down by the riverside



where three lost souls

are trying to find Jesus.



Although personally,



I don't think

this is where he fell in.



I baptize you in the

name of the Father,



and the Son, and

the Holy Ghost.






It burns.



Oh, brother, it's just the waste



from the refinery upstream,

you see?



Well, guess that about does it.



Oh, funny thing, Darrin.



I don't remember

you being baptized.



Do you, Paul?



Oh, uh... uh... uh...



Well, you know I...



- Paul?!

- No, I don't.



I am not getting

in that water.






I am not getting in there.



- Uh-huh.

- Shit.



Must be crazy.



Praise the Lord.



Yeah, yeah,

come on, come on, y'all



We about to get our praise on

in this piece right now



Y'all know how we do it



Oh, oh, oh, oh yeah



Get your hands up



Lift your voice



All right, check it out,

we're going to do this thing



There's a storm within

and I don't want to let it in



I give You control, let

Your love rain down on me



In my heart and mind



Is Your love nearby?






I'm going to let it flow



Let Your love

rain down on me



Gonna raise my hands

Gonna raise my hands



Gonna give you all I can



Every time I call His name, His

love rains down on me



Rain down



Gonna lift my voice and sing



About the love

and joy He brings



Every time I praise His name,

His love rains down on me



I was in distress



I needed happiness

Come on



So I got down on my knees

and asked You to come to me



I know that thunder

brings the rain



So I called Your holy name



And You washed away my sins,

gave me new power, yeah



Gonna raise my hands and dance



Want to give Him all I can



Every time I call His name



His love rains down on me



Want to lift my voice

and sing



About the love and joy

He brings



Every time I praise His name



His love rains down on me



Love is raining down on me,

joy is deep inside of me




I lift my hands to Thee



'Cause Your love, Your love



Your love



Love is raining down on me,

joy is deep inside of me






Want to raise my hands in praise






- Whoo

- Want to give Him all I can



Every time I call His name



His love rains down on me



Want to lift my voice

and sing



About the love and joy

He brings



Every time I praise His name



His love rains down on me



Want to raise my hands and dance



Want to give Him all I can



Every time I call His name



His love rains down on me



Want to lift my voice

and sing



About the love and joy

He brings



Every time I praise His name



His love rains down on me



Want to raise my hands and dance



Want to give Him all I can



Every time I call His name



His love rains down on me



Want to lift my voice

and sing



About the love and joy

He brings



Every time I praise His name



His love rains down on me



Want to raise my hands and dance



Want to give Him all I can every

time I call His name



His love rains down on me



Want to lift my voice and sing



About the love and joy He brings



Every time I praise His name



His love rains down on me



Want to raise my hands and dance



Want to give Him all I can,

every time I call His name



His love rains down on me



Want to lift my voice and sing



About the love and joy He brings



Every time I praise His name



His love rains down on me



It rains down on me.



Thanks for coming with me.



Alma gave me the key,



but I felt kind of creepy

coming here by myself.



Just got to get

this box of letters



before everything

is packed away.



They said it was in a trunk.



I didn't even know Mama

was writing these.



I always thought she lost

contact with everyone here.






"Dear Sally, I think

this will be my big year.



"We're settled

into our apartment



and the rent is covered."



She has "Thanks" in parentheses.






"Here's a picture of Darrin.



Doesn't he look like

a future doctor or lawyer?"






This one was actually

addressed to you



from Aunt Sally.



It says "Return to Sender."



It's because I moved

around a lot.



Oh, my God.



Not that funny.



Dear Darrin,

I'm worried about you.



All the different addresses

and phone numbers.



The people calling here

looking for you.



You seem to be lying

about who you are.



Why can't you accept

who you are?



God accepts you.



New York is so dangerous,



criminals, crazy people, and me



if I have to come up there

and whip your ass.



Up there acting like

you ain't got no home training.



It's my fault.



I never should have let Paulina

run your mom out.



I love you, Darrin.



I'm the only family you have,



and you're the only family

I have.



What does the letter say?



Something in my eye.



What does the letter say?



Oh, just stuff, stuff

I probably should have known.



Let me see your eye.



- Huh? Oh.

- Let me see your eye.



She looks kind of disapproving.



I can turn the picture down.






It's getting kind of late.



I should go home

and check on my Dean.






- I should go home.

- Yeah, let me walk you home.



I love being back in the choir.



It's amazing how,

over the years,



the music has moved people,



makes people feel better

about themselves, you know?






Gospel music moves people...



people looking to be moved

and haven't figured out



they're just a bunch

of old songs, anyway.



You're so cynical.



It gives people comfort.



That's why my granddaddy

is not scared of dying.



Simple, effective, comforting.

It must be nice.



Simple isn't always wrong.



Experience has taught me



that fighting temptation

makes you strong.



Yes, but the trouble

with fighting temptation



is you might not get

another chance.



Oh, ye of little faith.



What advertising agency?






I'm afraid he's out.



But I'm family.



Uh-huh, you can

tell me everything



and I'll give him the message.












I'm on location

down here live



at the Beulah Baptist

Church barbecue, mm-hmm.



Folks down

at Polk's Funeral Home



send their best wishes

to the choir



and best of luck at the

Gospel Explosion next weekend.



Polk's Funeral Home, make you

look good when you're dead.



So good, they guarantee you

an open-casket funeral



or the next one

is going to be free.



See Darrin?









Hey, what's up Dean?



Hi, Lilly.



I knew I could do it.

I want that one.




to Willy Johnson's



little boy, Bobby Johnson.



He won

the rock-throwing contest.



You want chicken?

You want chicken?






Oh, ribs, please.



I don't know where that boy



learned how to throw

a rock like that at.



Probably the one that



broke the window

down at the radio station.



I ain't trying

to put that out there or nothing



but somebody broke the window.



I ain't saying he did it,



but he sure can throw a rock,

that's all I've got to say.



Choir, choir!






Choir, gather around,



I have great news.



You'll be happy to know



that someone from New York

named Rosa



called last night

with great news about your job.



She did?



Oh, we got our

record deal already?



No, no, no, he's

not a record producer.



He's a junior level executive

at an advertising agency.



But Rosa said they are sorry

that they fired you



and they want you

to come back.



They're even willing

to overlook the fact



that you faked

your high school diploma



and your Yale degree.



They're even willing



to take care of your

credit card trouble,



so there's no evidence of fraud.



Isn't that great news?



What is she talking about,







You know why

they want you back?



The liquor company



can't find any other firm

with ideas



as good as yours.



That's a good thing.



They said they're willing

to sign on



as clients, but only if



you are in charge

of their account.



So I say,

congratulations are in order.



Oh. Rosa said they need



your answer

as soon as possible,



so you better call them now.



I brought your phone.



Is it true, son?



Well, these things she's saying,



I mean, it's not as bad

as it sounds.



You're not leaving are you?



Boy, don't you know



once you go gospel,

you can't go back.



God don't like ugly.



Look at Sam Cooke.



Left the church,

few years later...



Shot dead in a motel.



And Otis Redding



left the church,



plane crash.



What about Whitney Houston,

and, uh, Aretha, Snoop?



They started in the church.



Boy, you just killed

three people.



What about the Explosion?



What about that money exploding

in my pocket, that prize money



you said you were going



to split with me   /  ?



You promised him my half?



Your half?



I have a half

in there somewhere.



You're talking about my half.



And I'm in the same church



with these people?



And I thought they was

holy and sanctified.



They're waiting for your answer.



I don't care what you do.



I was just using you

to get a record deal,



just like you were using me.



Is that true?






Yeah, I got your message.



Tell them I accept.




I'll be there.



So it's all about the money?



Hell, yes.



That's the reason why half

of you joined the choir.



And why shouldn't I go back?



What loyalty should

I have to this place?



Sure, I've been lying,



but that's nothing compared

to what this church



did to me and my mom.



If you leave,



you'll be forfeiting

your inheritance money.



I don't need it now.



Look, just because

he's quitting,



you don't have to give up

on all your hard work.



We're still going

to the Explosion.



Shut up, Grandma.



Don't you dare



talk to me like that!



Are you out

of your mind?



Control yourself, Grandma.



Come back here.

Don't you run from me!



I cannot believe that I

was going to sleep with you.



There you go.



Home, sweet home.



How about a cigar?



How about a corner office?



- I'm serious.



Of course, of course.



W-Why can't they do it deep

fried like they do in the South?



Okay, okay, fine, fine,

I'll take



the boneless,

skinless baked chicken.



Yes, that's fine.



Oh, oh,

can I get the collard greens



without the goat cheese?



Darrin? Darrin?



Darrin, we can't wait



to hear your ideas.



I'm the one who got him back.



Ladies and gentlemen,

since we last spoke,



I've developed

a mega-campaign



that will triple our revenue

within one year.



This represents

the current markets



targeted by your competitors.



From it, you see



that the metropolitan areas

are saturated.



We're selling an urban product.



Wrong... you're selling

an urban image.



Thus the primary focus

of my plan



is to change brand identity.



No more thugs and bums

drinking   s.






only young,

successful urbanites.



That means appealing

to the little man



who dreams of making it

in the fast lane.



We capitalize on

people who dream



of a more glamorous life



than the one

that they currently have.




who are easily influenced.



People here,



and here, and he...



And here.



The small-town barber.



The clerk

at the local dry cleaners.



The people that think

that urban life



is where their dreams are.



Those are the people

that need your product.



They need your lies,



your false images

of success and glamour.



The poison that

causes them to look



for fulfillment



in material things

rather than in people.



Yes, ladies and gentlemen,



if making money

is our number-one goal,



then it's the little people

in the little towns



that we should exploit.



After all, what do they know?



They're just a bunch of country

bumpkins anyway, right?



Way to go, Darrin.









That's the way

we're all going to make money.



Well done, Darrin.



Lilly, open up, it's me, Darrin.






I knew you'd be here.






It was on the radio

in the back.



Where is everybody?



They're on the way to Columbus

for the Gospel Explosion.



I didn't think

they'd have left yet.



Why aren't you with them?



Paulina found out I gave you

the names of them singers.



We had a fight,

and I asserted myself.



What happened?



They went without me.






I'm afraid Lilly's

not with them, either.



Nobody has seen her

since you left.



Uh, but I've been fine

since you left.



Thanks for asking.



What are you doing here?



I came back.



I should have never left

in the first place.



Go away.



I don't want to see you.



Is it because I lied

about being a music producer?



I'm sorry about that, too.



I'm not a fool.



I knew you weren't a producer.



You didn't even know

what a downbeat was.



You didn't know the difference



in keys and notes.



- You didn't know...

- Right, I get your point.



If you knew all that,

why'd you get so mad?



I was angry with myself.



It's my own fault.



I don't know why I expected



anything different

from someone like you.



Yeah. I blamed you, too,

at first.



Well, I had to blame someone.



But when I got back to New York,

something was different.



For some reason, I felt like



I didn't have to lie anymore.



The truth felt better.



Why should I believe you now?



Because I came back



so that the commitment

I made to the choir



wouldn't be a lie.






hate me, despise me...

I deserve it.



But don't let the choir down.






Come with me to the Explosion.



I can't.



Paulina kicked me out

as soon as you left.



You got to come with me.



Without you, that choir



is a bunch of drunks,

babies' daddies and convicts.



They might as well

be an NFL team.



Let me go through the shadow

of the valley of death.



I shall fear no evil.



We really appreciate

you doing this, Lucius.



I'm just happy you were home

when we came by.



Oh, no, you know



I wasn't going to go down

to the Explosion



without Darrin being involved,

now, Lilly.



Well, I'm glad our friendship

is what's most important to you.



That's all that matters.






Now, wait a minute, man.



You stupid jerk!



Get me right if I'm wrong.



It sounds like you're trying



to skip out on paying me.






Oh, okay, I forgot.



We doing this for the Lord.



I forgot about that.






But in the Bible, it

says get your money, man.



That's what it say in

one of them scriptures.



Come back and take me home



I've been wait



Been waiting for you






Praying to you






Laboring for you



I've been wait



Living for you



- Wait

- Giving for you



- Wait

- Driven by you



I've been wait



Oh, so patiently,

for your face to see



Waiting for you



For you to come back...



Broadcasting live from down

at the Gospel Explosion.



Coming up soon, going to be



the Five Blind Boys

from Alabama.



Uh, used to be six of them,

but one of them got healed.



He's the driver now,

and they need him,



'cause, well, they kept

hitchhiking the wrong way.



Excuse me.



Which choir are you with?



The Beulah Baptist Gospel Choir,

Monte Carlo, Georgia.



Got you.



You'll be coming

on soon.



Paulina, some of these choirs

are pretty big.



All right, boys, let's go.



Get down.



We don't need those felons.



God is on our side.



This is a gospel competition.



He's on everybody's side.



And now...



...we present to you...



the Blind Boys of Alabama.



Beulah Choir, Beulah Choir.



Before we go on,

we need to make sure



that we're spiritually clean,



so, I've made a list of sins



that you all need

to be forgiven for.



Starting with you.




I'm a soldier



...ln the army of the Lord



Good old soldiers



In the army



Well, when I get to heaven,

gonna sing and shout



Be nobody up there

to turn me out



Talk with the Father,

chat with the Son






Tell 'em 'bout the world

I just came from



I'm a soldier



In the army of the Lord



A mighty good soldier



In the army...



Great, we made it!



I'm sorry I left

in the first place,



and if you let me,

I'll make it up to you.



Starting with

keeping my commitment



and leading you

in the Explosion.



- Hey, man, yeah!

- Not so






He isn't leadin' this choir,



and she sure as h-h-heck

isn't singing in it.



Uh, excuse me, technically,

it's still my choir.



Oh, is it?



Well, technically, you violated

the Explosion rules



when you recruited choir members

by offering to pay them,



so if you don't mind,

my choir is about to perform.



Reverend, can she do this?



- Uh...

- Back me up,



Paul... you know I'm right.



W-W-Well, technically...



Technically, that also



gives me the right

to kick out who I want,



right, Paul?



Oh, now...



Now you

and Miss Round-the-Way here



can just leave.



Tell 'em, Paul.



Let's not go...



Let's not forget

that when you went to New York,



you forfeited your rights

to the inheritance.



Isn't that what the will says,









Oh, now, don't worry,

he agrees with me.



The will doesn't say anything

about a cackling, overbearing,



hypocritical, old bitty who's

about to drive me crazy



just like she did her husband!



I didn't drive James crazy,

Paul... God rest his soul.



And that's another thing.



I'm tired of telling this lie



to everybody about you

being a widow.






James lives in Patterson County,




Yeah, with a big,



fine, new young wife...

know how to make a man say,



"Amen" when he at home,



as well as in the church.



You can nitpick

about the church bylaws



and the technicalities of Aunt

Sally's will all you want,



but what really matters

is the spirit of her wishes,



and Aunt Sally's dying wish was

for Darrin to lead this choir.



End of story.



You think you can

challenge me, boy?



- Reverend Lewis...

- Hmm?



Do the bylaws say anything



about voting someone out

of the choir?



Yes, they do...



as long as it's by a majority



of baptized choir members.



Paulina, thank you

for making sure



all of us are baptized.



All in favor of kicking Paulina

out of the choir...



Listening to that voice

deep inside saying



- You know

- I'll be here









Don't matter what happens



I'm gonna stay the same






you guys ready?



- Fo shizzle.

- Yeah.



Let's knock 'em dead.



- Darrin.

- Oh.



I suppose

you'll be leaving us soon.



Now, is it okay if the lawyers



- mail your inheritance check?

- Keep it.



Make it out

to the Beulah Baptist Church.



Don't you want to know

how much it is?



I want to give the church

a Sally Walker Day Care Center



and a new roof.



It was only worth $   .



I-I thought you said

the portfolio



was worth $      .



Didn't you read about it?



Georgia Telecom went belly-up



when you were up in New York.



I guess we better

go win this church some money.



Give 'em hell.



I mean that in the most

Christian way.






Ready? Let's go.






I want you to hear

how they announce us.






You inspired it.



- I did?

- Yes.



Right now, from

the Beulah Baptist Church



in Monte Carlo, Georgia...



Here are the

Fighting Temptations!



Okay. Is everyone ready?



Yo, why do we have

to wear these robes?



I don't wear this stuff.



Yes, everyone has to wear

the same thing.






My suit is tight,

and ladies don't like



to see Lucius in no robe.



Okay, everyone

takes their robe off.









Well, apparently the Fighting

Temptations aren't quite ready.



All right, okay, all right,



listen, listen, listen.



We hope to hear

from the Fighting Temptations






Before Judgment Day.



All right...



all right.



Oh, no, he might start singing.



Get out there.

Get out there.



Three, four...



Duh, duh, duh



Duh, nuh, nuh, nuh



Duh, duh, duh



Duh-nuh, duh-nuh



- Dum, duh, duh, dum, dum

- Dum, dum, dum



- Ooh...

- Duh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh



- Ho, ooh, whoa

- Dum, dum, dum



Duh-nuh, du-nuh



Took me a while,

but I'm finally here



So I just want to testify



Make it crystal clear



- Take your time

- See, I been picked out



- To be picked on

- Oh, no



Talked about

out my friend's mouth



- I been beat down

- Yeah, yeah



Till He turned my life around



Turned my life around



Seemed like I always

fall short of being worthy



'Cause I ain't good enough,

but He still loves me



- Yeah, yeah

- I ain't no superstar



The spotlight ain't shining

on me



No, no, no, no, no



'Cause I ain't good enough



- No...

- But He still loves me, love me



I used to wake up some days

and wish I'd stayed asleep



Why can't you, girl?



'Cause I went to bed

on top of the world



Today the world's on top of me



- Now, everybody's got opinions

- They share



- They've been in my position

- They don't care



That it breaks my heart

when I hear



What they have to say

about me



- What'd they say about you?

- Yeah, yeah, yeah



Seems like I always fall short

of being worthy



Fall short



Lord, I ain't worthy, no



'Cause I ain't good enough



- But He still loves me

- Still loves me, yeah



I ain't no superstar



Ain't no superstar



The spotlight

ain't shining on me



I want to be for you



'Cause I ain't good enough,

but He still loves me



I'm not perfect



I'm not perfect



Yes, I do wrong



Yes, I do wrong



I'm trying my best



- Trying my best

- I ain't good enough



Just ain't good enough,

no, no



Sure, I done wrong



- The sun rises anyway

- lf I don't succeed



- lf I don't succeed

- 'Cause I ain't good enough



- I ain't good enough

- Just ain't good enough



But you love me



If you ain't worthy,

just raise your hands



And let me know

that you understand



That we are all so blessed

to be loved






Stand for him

and fall for anything



'Cause through his eyes

we all look the same



What would we do without blame?



Seemed like we always

fall short of being worthy



We are not worthy



- 'Cause I ain't good enough

- I'm...



- I ain't good enough

- But He still loves me



I ain't good enough



I ain't no superstar



- I ain't no superstar

- But He still loves me



But I want to be for you, Lord



- 'Cause I ain't good enough

- Whoa, whoa



- But He still loves me

- But He still loves me, me, me



- I'm not worthy

- I'm not worthy



- No, no, no, no

- Yes, I do know



Yes, I do know,

know, know, know



Trying my best



It ain't good enough



- I ain't good enough

- Shunned by the world



Shunned by the world



- lf I don't succeed

- I don't succeed



- I'm not good enough

- I ain't good enough



- But He still loves me

- Ooh, He loves me



- Would you all sing with me?

- Hold up your hands



If you understand, just sing



I'm trying my best, but I...



It ain't good enough



Oh, the Lord's been

so good to me



- Shunned by the world

- I've been shunned by the world



- When I don't succeed

- I've been shunned by the world



- I ain't good enough

- He still loves me



The Lord still loves me



Lord, I ain't good enough



No, no, no...



Raise your hands

if you understand



How He blesses you,

'cause He blessed me, too



- He still loves me

- Even though I ain't worthy



You ain't worthy...

He's there for you.



No, I ain't good enough



- But He still loves me

- I don't know what I'd do



- Though I ain't good enough

- I ain't good enough



- But He still loves me

- But the Lord still loves me.



And the winner is...



The Fighting Temptations!



Wow, uh...

on-on behalf of the choir,



I just want to say thank you.



I'm really proud of my hometown,

Monte Carlo.



Uh, and just one more thing.



My mom once told

me not to settle



for anything less

than the best...



...and if Lilly will have me,



I can finally say

that I kept my promise.



Monte Carlo!



Monte Carlo!



Monte Carlo!



And since God keeps blessing us

with new souls every week,



we're soon going to be starting

our building expansion project.



Yes... yeah. Yes.



And now, let's be blessed

by our wonderful choir.



Come on, clap your hands,

stomp your feet



Clap your hands

and stomp your feet, come on



Clap your hands,

stomp your feet, yeah



Clap your hands,

stomp your feet, y'all



Hand of power, son,

has finally returned






And now He's home



- And He want to get it on

- Whoa, ho, ho



- Want to get close?

- I feel sanctified



- Come on, Lord!

- Whoo, come on!



Come-a, come-a, come on



- Come on

- Come on, come on






- All God's children

- All God's children



- Oh, yeah

- Come back home



All God's children



- Feels good, Lord

- Come back home



Said I feel good,

feel, feel, feel, feel good



- Come back home

- 'Cause I feel good



- All God's children

- Feel, feel, feel, feel good



Come back home



Say it loud



Say it loud!



- Say it loud

- I...



- Say it loud

- I...



- I'm coming home

- Coming home



- Coming home

- Coming home



- Say good God of mine

- Yeah



- Feel, feel soul

- Yeah



- Good God of mine

- Lord



Want the world to know

that I am coming



I am coming



- I'm coming

- I'm coming



- I'm coming

- Yeah, yeah



My brothers and sisters



All God's children



- Yeah!




- Coming home...

- Coming home



- Coming home

- Coming home



I got the feeling



- Yeah!

- Going home now



- Ooh, ooh, ooh

...To the Lord...



- We going to get on down

- Coming home



- Going home...

- Coming home



- Going home

- Coming home



Say I'm feeling,

feeling the fire



- Yeah

- I feel it in my soul.



God, I'm a slave



To get to heaven, Reverend says

I got to be saved



And behave, though I'm

too stuck in my ways



Give him praise



Words can't express

what I feel inside of my flesh



Every breath is giving him glory

until my death



I feel blessed



'Cause every day I see him

in the world



- I feel blessed

I don't want to do no more dirt



I feel blessed



'Cause that path I was on

was wrong



- I feel blessed

- It's time to come home



It doesn't matter

where you been



Or what you did wrong



It doesn't matter who you are



You're always welcome



It only matters

that your heart believes



And you confess



If you committed any sin,

you'll be forgiven



Callin' on all of God's children



Time to come home



If you want to be delivered



Time to come home...



I've been rescued

by the savior



Time to come home...



- lf you want to be

- You need to be



- Time to come home...

- Want to be



Ooh, don't bear the burden

all by yourself



By yourself



The redeemer's here...

He's going to give you help



Give you a hand



Hold on to Him,

and He will give you rest



For any heart that's heavy

lay soul salvation



Ooh... whoa...



Completely up, down...

He knows



- Time to come home

- Time to come home



- Believe in me

- Time to come home



I've been rescued by the savior



Time to come home



Don't you want to be

in His favor?



Time to come home



Oh... my home



Come home



- You're home

- You're home



The everlasting home



Time to come home.



You know

I'm your daddy, right?



Oh, just relax, yo,

I'm just kidding.


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