The Movie Soul Food, Big Mama Essay

1042 Words Oct 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Each family has their differences. No family is perfect. There comes a time in each family’s lives when their differences can set them aside and even start to pull them apart. It always seems there is one person who can help keep them together. However, when that one person is no longer with us, it takes a toll and soon things start to spiral more and more out of control. It is not until one person decides their family’s legacy is more important than the differences and past heartache. In the movie Soul Food, Big Mama is the one who always kept her family together even when her three daughters were at each other’s throats. While watching the first couple scenes of the movie, I noticed the tension in the kitchen and the dinning as all three daughters and Big Mama prepared their forty year Sunday dinner tradition. Teri, the well-to-do lawyer, continued to bring up how she has helped so many of the family members, especially Bird, the youngest, with money. Maxine, exasperated by the constant nagging of Teri, let Teri know how she felt, but after a bit of bantering, Big Mama stepped in and took charge of the conversation and calmed everyone down. After Big Mama had a stroke during her surgery, the family began to fall apart even more. Their glue was no longer there. Maxine and Teri fought even more, Teri fought even more with her husband, and Teri caused tension between Bird and her husband and so on. All along, Ahmad sat back and witnesses how his family was acting…

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