When Lucy Cullins, a successful but cranky producer at a home shopping network, hires an actor named Nick to play Santa Claus on the network she gets more than she bargained for. Nick ... See full summary »
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.
Califia, the Queen and spirit of California, gives the audience a quick and somewhat romanticized look at history of California, as well as trials and tribulations, but also hopes and dreams of its various ethnicities and cultures.
This family has issues! When mean and surly Bud Slocumb keels over at breakfast, his family gathers for the wake and funeral: long-suffering widow Raynelle, unemployed son Junior who's cheating on his wife Charisse, son Ray Bud who holds a job and has a loving wife, Lucille, but struggles with alcoholism and with their difficulty having children. There's younger daughter Delightful, who constantly eats; religious Aunt Marguerite and her wayward son Royce; and, there's Juanita, their wealthy cousin's wife. They all descend on the town of Lula, struggle to say something nice about Bud, and face the challenge of sorting out their relationships with the living. Written by
The entire soundtrack for the movie was written and produced by gospel superstar Kirk Franklin. See more »
The movie takes place in the southern town of Lula, but Ray Bud's "new" used pickup truck has California license plates. See more »
Ray Bud Slocumb:
[describing Lucille's last pregnancy]
I just wish she'd quit trying, the last one was the absolute worst. The doctor told her if she didn't want to lose it she'd have to lay flat on her back, not move for nothing. So we talked about it, decided to give it one more try. She fell asleep, I went to Rexall to get a prescription filled, got her a bedpan, got one of those chicken buckets incase she had to go while I was gone, took a little longer than I thought. When I got back, she'd lost it and ...
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What a joy to watch a film that showed a white guy like me the true black family - much like mine! Just goes to prove that we're all just plain ol' humans. Loved the witty writing and the understated performances of good actors. This movie just kept on growing on me until I just noticed that it got me. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a hearty laugh and even a couple of tears mixed in between!
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