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First Sunday (2008)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  11 January 2008 (USA)
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Durell and LeeJohn are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When told they have one week to pay a $17,000 debt or Durell will lose his son, they come up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. Instead, they end up spending the night in the presence of the Lord and are forced to deal with much more than they bargained for.

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Durell Washington and LeeJohn Jackson are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When Durell learns that his ex-girlfriend plans to move to another state with their son Durell Jr.--unless they can get her $17,000 to pay off a debt-- and so Durell and LeeJohn ultimately comes up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. But when the duo fumbles their way through the break-in, they discover someone has beaten them to the punch. In order to get their hands on the money, Durell and LeeJohn are forced to spend the night in the presence of the Lord and his followers--and end up getting a lot more than they bargained for. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Keep the faith. Steal the rest.

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Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual humor, and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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11 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apateones tis plakas  »

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Opening Weekend:

$17,714,821 (USA) (11 January 2008)

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$37,931,869 (USA) (22 February 2008)
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Film prints were delivered to theaters under the codename "Bad to Worse". See more »

Goofs

In the first church scene, when the choir finishes singing the spiritual, there is a wide shot of the church congregation. Most of the congregation located within the middle pews can be clearly seen giving a standing ovation. There is a cutaway to Durell and LeeJohn in which most of the congregation located within the middle pews are sitting or beginning to sit. After the cutaway the scene returns to same wide shot of the congregation. Most of the congregation located within the middle pews are still standing and only now are beginning to sit. See more »

Quotes

Mordecai: Do you want to know my name?
LeeJohn: I don't just want to know your name, I want you to whisper it in my ear.
Mordecai: MORDECAI!
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References Dr. Phil (2002) See more »

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From the Corner to the Block
Written by Juvenile (as Teruis Grey), Benjamin Ellman, Marcus Hubbard, LuMar Blanc,
Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Derrick Moss, Jeffrey Raines, Richard Vogel, Edward Lee,
, Erion Williams, Tanon Williams, Winston Turner
Performed by Galactic featuring Juvenile & Soul Rebels Brass Band
Courtesy of Anti, a Division of Epitaph
Juvenile appears courtesy of Atlantic Recording Group
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Funny, but only in very isolated parts.
26 November 2008 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

So, it turns out "blaxploitation" films are still alive and well, and these days cast Ice Cube, Katt Williams and Tracy Morgan in the leading roles.

This offensive film parades just about every stereotype about African Americans that you can get away with while still maintaining a PG-13 rating. That translates into a ghetto setting curiously devoid of drug dealers and crack whores. There is one character who dresses like a pimp, but I'm convinced that was because of a mix-up in wardrobe, rather than a deliberate attempt at authenticity.

What is inexcusably absent though is a discernible plot. The screenplay seems to be a weak attempt to re-purpose the flimsy dramatic premise that powers "Die Hard", but relocating it in a church and mashing some Agatha Christie mystery elements for good measure.

What emerges then, in place of a plot, is a severely frayed thread, ambitiously intended to link together a series of set pieces where the various performers deliver signature material - kind of like what you'd find at a school concert, only less coherent.

"First Sunday" does have some funny moments and to be fair, the family did chuckle about the movie for a couple of days after watching it. So think of this movie as a set of toppings in search of a (first) sundae.


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