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Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  8 February 2008 (USA)
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A successful talk show host leaves Los Angeles to reunite with his family in the Deep South.

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A successful talk show host leaves Los Angeles to reunite with his family in the Deep South.

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Going home is no vacation.

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Comedy | Romance

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

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Release Date:

8 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Better Man  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£40,380 (UK) (30 May 2008)

Gross:

£40,380 (UK) (30 May 2008)
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Trivia

According to Louis C.K. on the DVD commentary of Louie (2010), his part in this film was originally much larger. But his performance was so bad that most of his scenes were deleted. See more »

Goofs

In the celebration party scene Roscoe mentions that he and his fiancé are vegan, but in the scene shortly after, of them in the kitchen, Bianca is seen cutting up cheese, which is not part of a vegan diet. See more »

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Reggie: [Admiring the pork ribs he's just barbecued] See this swine? It's fine, divine, sublime, and right...
Otis: ...on time!
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Roscoe interviews members of his family over the credits. See more »

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References The Proud Family (2001) See more »

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The River
Written by Balewa Muhammad, Frank Oliphant, Arama Brown, Noel Gourdin, Gerald Raeford,
Luther Lynch
Performed by Noel Gourdin
Courtesy of Trakaddix Entertainment LLC and Epic Records
Contains elements from "How Do You Feel the Morning After"
Performed by Millie Jackson
Courtesy of Ace Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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27 November 2008 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

African American family values movies have matured into a distinct and popular genre and, Martin Lawrence traverses familiar territory with this awkwardly-titled movie.

He plays RJ Stevens, a big city motivational guru who has taken the concept of "self-help" too far, leaving him somewhat estranged from his family in the Deep South.

In an inelegant plot device, his parents' 50th anniversary serves as an exploitable marketing opportunity sufficiently enticing to lure him back to his hometown.

From there, things unfold fairly formulaicly to RJ's rekindling of his true identity, Roscoe Steven Jenkins.

Although Lawrence is the lead around whom the story revolves, it does feel slightly like an ensemble piece. But fortunately the cast is competent and believable, even those fulfilling comic relief roles.

So as an illustration of good ol' hometown values like "always be true to yourself", "the importance of family", and the "power of forgiveness", it's a good choice for family night viewing, if you can find a way around Mo'Nique's apparent inability to avoid the B-word.


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