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First Sunday (2008)

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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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Keep the faith. Steal the rest.

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,931,869, 24 February 2008
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tracy Morgan claims that he cannot go to jail because they will "make me a woman", in The Longest Yard, Morgan plays an inmate that dresses and acts like a woman. See more »

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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

Rickey: What kinda name is LeeJohn anyway?
LeeJohn: My mom had two boyfriends, Lee and John. She didn't know who my daddy was, so she named me LeeJohn.
Rickey: [after a pause] I dunno if I would have shared that.
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References Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) See more »

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We Shall Overcome
Traditional, musical and lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger
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not "friday after next" but definitely good old family fun
21 April 2008 | by beregicSee all my reviews

first of all i do not get some of the reviews here( probably because as some admit have not seen this feature to the end). well i did and overall i was pleased, actually the morality tale is very good just simplified probably because of the need to get a pg-13 rating. this however gets only 6 stars because the Rickey character ( ice cube's partner) which has some wacky lines at best unfortunately reminding me of the idiotic "scarry movie" franchise and alike. also in the church scenes there are some parts that are too soap-oprah, even if i can see the good intentions in that. i add an extra star because the original and refreshing flavor ice cube brings to the industry, with a blend of jokes that at surface seem very simplistic but combining them with the "other" ice cube gives those very jokes a new dimension , sometimes very deep ones and very sarcastic at that as well.then again, i consider sarcasm the best joke ever told because ,unlike just a "funny" one, it has generally a morality tale that might just teach(or preach) something, someone, somewhere...

now there is another reason this movie did not do good. everyone probably knows ice cube for his "toughest persona" as i do, from his old school rap with hits such as ".... the police" or "gangsta rap made me do it". therefore "gangsta" fans would be probably disappointed by this. actually if one takes a closer look at ALL ice cube movies since barber shop, one can see that he really does not condone violence at all. better yet, ALL the "tough" "gangsta" characters in his features are made "fun" of as not being "cool" at all, sometimes outright "stupid" ones. but unlike the mainstream media ice cube does not blame violence be invoking FEAR, or disturbing behavior. just like in his very political songs , the fear factor is always played on only to invoke "rightfull" repression. and one familiar with his activism can see how skillful he is able to stay away from THAT "disturbing" behavior in itself.

furthermore, while this feature is not as good as "Friday after next" when it comes to having hilarious jokes (i miss Mike Epps to be truly with you here,Katt Williams does not even come close to fitting his shoes)there is a bit more "soul" here. this is a very much family movie , quiet naive i might add but as i said before, simplifying issues does make it more on everyone understanding. but that requires that the viewer see it to the end. there is one scene i personally do not like it. the one that inserts an indirect commercial for play station...well i hope at least he got paid for it, and the viewers will know to "avoid" too deep thoughts on that one...

as last words, i like ice cube overall. he is not a great actor, but he always gives me the vibe of being natural. after all, when you telling "hood" stories no "class" acting would help since this is about reality and not "art"( art being a subject of personalization and subjectivity, but not of that as reality is on the "ground"). this will entertain you, i might add "good old family fun". not one of my favorites( Friday after next remains the top one so far) but definitely a better one out there comparing it to the dumb "meet the Spartans" for example.


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