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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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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Timmy: What's a hostage?
Rickey: Hostage is what we were down in that basement for 4 1/2 hours. I'ma need therapy or something.
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References Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

The Presence of the Lord
Written and Produced by Kurt Carr
Performed by The First Sunday Choir
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Uneven but worth a watch
23 December 2009 | by (New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm baffled by the anger in some reviewer's critiques. Sure, this movie is hardy Citizen Kane or even up to the level of the Barbershop movies, but it's not terrible. It's main issue is its inability to sustain a tone. Instead, it varies between pathos, light comedy and (of all things) hostage drama.

As with the Barbershop movies, the persistent theme is community and family. The central characters are two petty criminals who remain criminals because of previous convictions. This isn't a laughable theme. A felon has a very difficult time making a living. When's the last time you saw a job application which didn't ask about previous criminal record? Anyway, in an effort to both pay off scary people and maintain family cohesiveness, two of society's losers decide on one more crime.

The subsequent series of events combine serious situations with interesting characterizations and then throws in some scenes of such silliness that they tend to stomp a bit on the rest of the movie. Approach with an open mind and you'll be for a light, decent movie with some interesting character sketches.


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