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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 »

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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 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
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Békés családi tűzfészek See more »

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,247,539, 19 August 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Margurite and her son are fighting over the radio in his old Volkwagen Beetle, he turns the keys and removes them from the ignition, silencing the radio. Radios in old Beetles will work without the ignition on. See more »

Quotes

Junior Slocumb: [to Bud] You always wondered how I was going to turn out, well you don't have to worry anymore, we're going to be just fine. Charisse is going into the music business, and I'm going to be her manager!
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Just a Closer Walk With Thee
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"Mean and surly."
25 April 2001 | by TuckMNSee all my reviews

This absolutely outstanding film is an total delight.

There were lots of big laugh-out-loud scenes, great humour, wit and charm.

LL Cool J absolutely walks away with the film in his amazing acting job as the son of the man that no one likes – but they have all come together to bury.

As my friends and family will tell you, I have always had a not-so-secret crush on Whoopi Goldberg. This film reinforces that crush – she is the rock in the maelstrom of insanity that surrounds the burial of her much-despised husband.

The characters are quietly complex – especially LL Cool J's character – who has demons that pursue him, including the inability to mourn the father that he disliked so much.

Most of the humour is fairly subtle and cerebral – though there is one absolutely great scene that slides into bathroom humour about the affect of Mexican food on the minister (Cedric the Entertainer) that officiates at the funeral.

This is a family story – it could be anyone's family. It is irrelevant that the family is African American: this family crosses all colour lines. They behave badly at times but they are there for each other in a way that all families should be but seldom are.

You would think that with Toni Braxton in the film any singing would be done by her – not so. There is a very nice 3 woman church choir that includes the Saturday Night Live alum, Ellen Cleghorn. The song at the funeral is sung by Jada Pinkett Smith – and she does a great job.

In checking viewer votes there were almost as many `1' votes as there were `10s'… I think that some people just didn't get it. Their loss.


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