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Dirty Laundry (I) (2006)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  15 July 2006 (USA)
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A modern-day prodigal son story with a twist. It follows Patrick, a magazine writer, who seems to have the "perfect life," until one day, there is a knock at the door. On the other side stands a secret that brings him face to face with the traditional southern family he hasn't seen in over 10 years.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Patrick / Sheldon
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Evelyn
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Aunt Lettuce
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Jackie
Maurice Jamal ...
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Abby
Joey Costello ...
Ryan
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Gabriel (as Aaron Shaw)
Rainey Matthews ...
Pudge
Bobby Jones ...
Pastor James (as Dr. Bobby Jones)
Gregory Alan Williams ...
Percy (as Greg Alan Williams)
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Daniel
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Susan
Erica Watson ...
Clarine
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Uncle Jimmy
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After ten years, Sheldon returns from New York City to Paris, Georgia. His mother Evelyn, a laundress who is stubborn, ornery, opinionated, mean-spirited, insulting, and inflexible, has sent a ten-year-old boy who says he's Sheldon's son up to see Sheldon. Sheldon comes home to straighten things out. Old arguments flare up - between mother and son and between brothers. Sheldon wants no part of fatherhood or family. Then, someone else from New York shows up at Evelyn's door, bringing a new set of challenges. Will this family ever stop airing its dirty laundry? And what of Sheldon: where is his pride? Can he, in the words of James Baldwin, go where his blood beats and live the life he has? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$15,841 (USA) (7 December 2007)

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$20,138 (USA) (14 December 2007)
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One of the best dramedies I've seen in a long time
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I just watched the DVD last night. I laughed, I cried, I laughed, I cried, and I laughed again. The characters are so outrageous and funny. The issues and topics touched upon in this movie are so taboo in African American culture that's it's refreshing to see an director/writer take such chances. It has paid off in an exhilarating and thought-proving movie experience. The actors, particularly Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine, and Jennifer Lewis gave superb performances. The movie was about 10 minutes too long though. The ending is terrific. This is a must see. If the subject matter wasn't so taboo to African Americans, I'm sure it would have won more 1st class nominations. Hats off to Maurice Jamal, a gifted writer and director.


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