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Kingdom Come (2001)

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

Director:

Doug McHenry

Writers:

David Dean Bottrell (play) (as David Dean Bottrell), Jessie Jones (play) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 ... Delightful Slocumb (as Masasa)
Dominic Hoffman ... Antoine Depew
Patrice Moncell Patrice Moncell ... Merline Depew
Clifton Davis ... Charles Winslow
Kellita Smith ... Bernice Talbert
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Writers David Dean Bottrell and Jessie Jones previously collaborated on the 1992 stage play Dearly Departed, which this film is a direct adaptation of. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Ray Bud Slocumb: Face it, Lucille. He's an idiot! Okay? And I'm not going to sit there and listen to Charisse running her mouth. And them children are demon-possessed.
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Crazy Credits

During the first part of the end credits, photos of what the characters did after the end are shown. See more »

Soundtracks

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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There is only ONE thing wrong with this film
18 May 2001 | by bigpurplebearSee all my reviews

There is only one thing wrong with "Kingdom Come": not enough people are going to see it, simply in the mistaken belief that this is a "black" film, which it is not. The film is universal, both in theme and message. It likewise deserves to be universal in its appeal.

The plotline is simple: a "mean and surly" man (widow Whoopi Goldberg's description of him) dies suddenly, leaving the disparate members of his family to struggle with their feelings for him -- and for each other -- as they prepare for his funeral. How they each manage to reconcile their feelings for him -- and, in some cases, reconcile with each other -- is at the heart of the film. And "Kingdom Come" has PLENTY of heart, make no mistake. That heart rings through loud and clear, amazingly enough, in a film that can be outrageously hilarious while simultaneously remaining touching and true.

Yes, all the characters are Afro-American. And yes, the settings, the surrounding culture and the conventions are all Afro-American (by the way, the writers indulge in some sly -- but on the whole, affectionate -- digs at that culture and conventions). More importantly, however, the underlying emotions and motivations have nothing to do with ethnicity. These are people, nothing more and nothing less, coping or at least learning to cope with a traumatic time in their lives. How do they achieve this? How does anyone? Certainly not by being black or white or this or that, but by . . . growing.

And grow these characters do, each of them, propelled by a cast that is universally both standout and stand-up, in a film that is fully as wise as it is wild. The gospel number at the end is, perhaps, a bit over the top in its implausibility, and maybe in real life not all of the characters will manage to accomplish all the goals that the film implies, but what of it? Perhaps, in the end, what redeems us as a species are our aspirations, rather than our achievements. That, too, is universal.

Just like this film.


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Official Sites:

Fox Searchlight

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,562,284, 15 April 2001

Gross USA:

$23,249,649

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,396,049
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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