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First Sunday (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 11 January 2008 (USA)
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Durell Washington and LeeJohn Jackson are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When Durell learns that his ex-girlfriend plans to move to another state with their son Durell Jr.--... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ice Cube ... Durell
Katt Williams ... Rickey
Tracy Morgan ... LeeJohn
Loretta Devine ... Sister Doris
Michael Beach ... Deacon
Keith David ... Judge B. Bennet Galloway
Regina Hall ... Omunique
Malinda Williams ... Tianna
Chi McBride ... Pastor Arthur Mitchell
Clifton Powell ... Officer Eddie King
Nicholas Turturro ... Officer D'Agostino
Olivia Cole ... Momma T
Red Grant ... Harold
C.J. Sanders ... Durell Jr.
Rickey Smiley ... Bernice Jenkins
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Storyline

Durell Washington and LeeJohn Jackson are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When Durell learns that his ex-girlfriend plans to move to another state with their son Durell Jr.--unless they can get her $17,000 to pay off a debt-- and so Durell and LeeJohn ultimately comes up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. But when the duo fumbles their way through the break-in, they discover someone has beaten them to the punch. In order to get their hands on the money, Durell and LeeJohn are forced to spend the night in the presence of the Lord and his followers--and end up getting a lot more than they bargained for. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Taglines:

Keep the faith. Steal the rest.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apateones tis plakas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,714,821, 13 January 2008

Gross USA:

$37,931,869
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tracy Morgan shot the whole movie with an ankle bracelet on his ankle, where if he didn't leave the set to go straight home, he was going to jail. See more »

Goofs

When Lee John gets rubbed down with baby oil, he says that he is a Leo, implying he knows when his birthday is. When everyone's eating chicken in the church, he later says he's never had a birthday party because he doesn't know when his birthday is. See more »

Quotes

Mordecai: Do you want to know my name?
LeeJohn: I don't just want to know your name, I want you to whisper it in my ear.
Mordecai: MORDECAI!
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References Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) See more »

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Bad Back Alt
Written and Performed by John Murphy
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Under license from Sony Pictures Music Group
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Uneven but worth a watch
23 December 2009 | by Paul-271See all my reviews

I'm baffled by the anger in some reviewer's critiques. Sure, this movie is hardy Citizen Kane or even up to the level of the Barbershop movies, but it's not terrible. It's main issue is its inability to sustain a tone. Instead, it varies between pathos, light comedy and (of all things) hostage drama.

As with the Barbershop movies, the persistent theme is community and family. The central characters are two petty criminals who remain criminals because of previous convictions. This isn't a laughable theme. A felon has a very difficult time making a living. When's the last time you saw a job application which didn't ask about previous criminal record? Anyway, in an effort to both pay off scary people and maintain family cohesiveness, two of society's losers decide on one more crime.

The subsequent series of events combine serious situations with interesting characterizations and then throws in some scenes of such silliness that they tend to stomp a bit on the rest of the movie. Approach with an open mind and you'll be for a light, decent movie with some interesting character sketches.


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