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Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 8 February 2008 (USA)
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Dr. RJ Stevens is a talk show host who visits his family in the deep south. While there he reunites with his brother Otis, his sister Betty, his cousin/rival Clyde and his childhood love interest Lucinda Allen.

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Malcolm D. Lee

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Lawrence ... R.J.
James Earl Jones ... Papa Jenkins
Margaret Avery ... Mama Jenkins
Joy Bryant ... Bianca Kittles
Cedric the Entertainer ... Clyde (as Cedric 'The Entertainer')
Nicole Ari Parker ... Lucinda
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Otis
Mike Epps ... Reggie
Mo'Nique ... Betty
Damani Roberts ... Jamaal
Brooke Lyons ... Amy
Liz Mikel ... Ruthie
Carol Sutton ... Ms. Pearl
Deetta West ... Ms. Addy
Louis C.K. ... Marty
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Dr. RJ Stevens is a talk show host who visits his family in the deep south. While there he reunites with his brother Otis, his sister Betty, his cousin/rival Clyde and his childhood love interest Lucinda Allen.

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Going home is no vacation.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Better Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,207,730, 10 February 2008

Gross USA:

$42,436,517

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,650,785
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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film has one Oscar winner, Mo'Nique, and three Oscar nominees, James Earl Jones, Margaret Avery, and Michael Clark Duncan. Jones received an Honorary Oscar in 2011. See more »

Goofs

In the celebration party scene Roscoe mentions that he and his fiancé are vegan, but in the scene shortly after, of them in the kitchen, Bianca is seen cutting up cheese, which is not part of a vegan diet. See more »

Quotes

Reggie: [Admiring the pork ribs he's just barbecued] See this swine? It's fine, divine, sublime, and right...
Otis: ...on time!
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Crazy Credits

Roscoe interviews members of his family over the credits. See more »

Connections

References Thinner (1996) See more »

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Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody
Written by Reginald Hargis
Performed by Brick
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Lively and yes, funny
23 June 2008 | by bob-rutzel-1See all my reviews

Successful Talk Show Host RJ (Lawrence) is besieged to come back home for his parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary.

I was skeptical, I was wary, I wasn't sure, but this time the promos didn't let me down. This was good. Since the basic theme was a grand family reunion, you know the usual obligatory things will be performed, a softball game, (with other families it may be a touch football game), an obstacle course (okay, this is a new one that I've witnessed, but there you are) and other family things, etc. Nothing new here. But, what keeps this movie fresh is the quick and lively dialogue from all the cast. It didn't feel scripted. It was like eavesdropping on the goings on and the timing, by all, was excellent. And, you know you need good timing when slap-stick comedy is performed. Also, the music throughout was perfect.

This was without a doubt a cast of characters, and not your usual every day family members and each character member had his or her own shtick and this helped make this a fun movie.

Joy Bryant who played Bianca must have gone to the Molly Sims School of Acting because I kept seeing and hearing Ms. Sims whenever Ms Bryant was on screen. Hey, this is a good thing, not a criticism. She was good. Nicole Ari Parker who played Lucinda is absolutely beautiful. I am sure we will see more of these two women in future movies.

It is indeed rare that promos deliver when it comes to comedy, but this time they did. How about that!

Violence: Yes, family fighting stuff, Sex: Yes, Dog Sex: Yes, two go at it. Nudity: No, Language: Yes, some, not much


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