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MacKenzie Ruppert Nov. 9, 2010 HRT 210 Soul Food “Soul food cookin’ is like cookin’ from the heart.” As a quote taken from the beginning of the movie, this quote foreshadows the importance of the food to the family. Soul Food is not only the name of this movie but is also a key element to the plot. The movie Soul Food, taken place in Chicago, is a story about a family’s struggles as seen through the eyes of an 11-year old boy, Ahhmad. The movie opens up with all the women in the family cooking dinner in the kitchen. It is then said that it is a tradition to have dinner every Sunday afternoon, and the family has not missed a this meal for forty years. The tradition started in the deep south with Mother Joe, the grandmother in the movie, and her husband. It then followed them to Chicago when they moved. Even though the family gets together every Sunday for some “soul food”, it is quickly obvious that there is much tension between some family members, especially the three sisters. Ever since Maxine stole Terry’s boyfriend in high school, who she ended up marrying, Terry has been competitive towards Maxine. She tends to mention how she finished high school and became a lawyer whereas Maxine did not.
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