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Kingdom Come (2001)

A group of old family members bands together when a despicable family member thankfully expires.


Doug McHenry


David Dean Bottrell (play) (as David Dean Bottrell), Jessie Jones (play) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
LL Cool J ... Ray Bud Slocumb
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Charisse Slocumb
Vivica A. Fox ... Lucille Slocumb
Loretta Devine ... Marguerite Slocumb
Anthony Anderson ... Junior Slocumb
Toni Braxton ... Juanita Slocumb
Cedric the Entertainer ... Rev. Beverly H. Hooker
Darius McCrary ... Royce Slocumb
Whoopi Goldberg ... Raynelle Slocumb
Richard Gant ... Clyde Kincade
Masasa Moyo Masasa Moyo ... Delightful Slocumb (as Masasa)
Dominic Hoffman Dominic Hoffman ... Antoine Depew
Patrice Moncell Patrice Moncell ... Merline Depew
Clifton Davis ... Charles Winslow
Kellita Smith ... Bernice Talbert


This family has issues! When mean and surly Bud Slocumb keels over at breakfast, his family gathers for the wake and funeral: long-suffering widow Raynelle, unemployed son Junior who's cheating on his wife Charisse, son Ray Bud who holds a job and has a loving wife, Lucille, but struggles with alcoholism and with their difficulty having children. There's younger daughter Delightful, who constantly eats; religious Aunt Marguerite and her wayward son Royce; and, there's Juanita, their wealthy cousin's wife. They all descend on the town of Lula, struggle to say something nice about Bud, and face the challenge of sorting out their relationships with the living. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They're not perfect, but they are family.


Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Békés családi tűzfészek See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,562,284, 15 April 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,247,539, 19 August 2001
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The entire soundtrack for the movie was written and produced by gospel superstar, Kirk Franklin. See more »


The movie takes place in the southern town of Lula, but Ray Bud's "new" used pickup truck has California license plates. See more »


Charisse Slocumb: My husband done did it with that child in the Shopwell parking lot? Take me now, Lord!
[falls to the floor screaming in hysterics]
Marguerite Slocumb: Don't nobody mind her, she just likes attention.
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Help Lord (Won't You Come)
Written by M.C. Hammer (as Stanley Burrell), Ontario Haynes, Maurice Stewart and John Rhone
Performed by M.C. Hammer
Courtesy of Giant Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Feel Good Movie, but scarily realistic
21 April 2002 | by madeline779See all my reviews

Well, from the little press I saw regarding this movie when it first came out, I'll admit I wasn't running to the theater. (I wasn't even running to the video store.) However, when it came on HBO recently, my sister told me to sit down and watch it, to compare it to our family.

This movie was almost scary in how closely it mimicked our gatherings (especially funerals, but all gatherings in general). I really felt like the writers knew us, as they hit several depictions right on the head.

The Slocums are more the typical Black family than most movies will show nowadays--sure there are a few people who lose their way now and again, but family brings them back around. (What family isn't slightly dysfunctional anyway? It just makes family gatherings more amusing. Heck--my family even has the three holy-terror-boys who run around every gathering destroying everything.)

I'm not going to say that the acting was outstanding, or the script completely original because it wasn't. THE SCRIPT WAS REALISTIC, THOUGH. It wasn't original because anyone could have sat through a funeral in their family and copied things word for word. I do recommend this movie. The last minute is a little cheesy, but hey, the rest of the movie works so well that you accept it. There weren't any unnecessary curses, gratuitous violence or sex. It was just a movie about family. What is more real than that?

This is the ultimate feel-good movie because you feel like it is real. Some movies are just too contrived, but I had to smile to myself at the end of this movie. It shows how the strength of your family helps you cope and heal together.

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