First Sunday (2008)

PG-13  |   |  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 {}

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Keep the faith. Steal the rest.


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apateones tis plakas  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$37,931,869 (USA) (22 February 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film prints were delivered to theaters under the codename "Bad to Worse". See more »


When the Baltimore Police are chasing Durell and LeeJohn's van, we can see a large billboard for DJ BIG BOY, a DJ for Los Angeles radio station Power 106, in the background. See more »


Officer Eddie King: Did it look like he was winkin at us?
Officer D'Agostino: [shrugs] He is the choir director.
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Referenced in Prom Night (2008) See more »


Put My Money on Joe
Written and Performed by Marcus Miller
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Under license from Sony Pictures Music Group
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Entertaining, Not Award Winning
21 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film for a number of reasons. I think Katt Williams is hilarious all by himself and was a great person to cast as choir director. I thought the plot was not as generic as most theft-based plots that hit Hollywood. I thought the transitions that happened as the film developed were fun to watch. Overall I thought the movie was really good.

If you are trying to decide whether or not you want to go see this movie, consider this as you make your decision. First, the film is stereotypical. The main characters live in and attend church in a run down community exposed to crime, drugs, and other stereotypical things you expect to find in a stereotypical community overrun with stereotypical people who are stereotypically Black or Hispanic. Second, the film is funny. Things that are funny to people who understand the complexities and realities of being Black will realize this; people who do not understand will find it challenging to find the comedy. Third, the film will not be an Oscar nominee. The movie was not so well shot, scripted, edited, or presented that you will see it up for major awards. That being said, a number of movies come out every day that are entertaining but are not award-winning and we watch them because we want to be entertained. This is another one of those films. So, if you want to be entertained, you understand the positive and negative inner workings of Black society, and you do not mind viewing a film that displays both stereotypes and truths about the way Black people live, move, and have their being, this movie is for you.

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