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Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Going home is no vacation.

Genres:

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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Details

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,436,517, 3 April 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,650,785
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Louis C.K. on the DVD commentary of Louie (2010), his part in this film was originally much larger. But his performance was so bad that most of his scenes were deleted. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, when R.J., Bianca and Jamaal, arrive to the airport, the car is very low because of the weight of the bags on the roof-top. However, when R.J. takes off the bags, the car's suspension doesn't lift. Even if the car had the trunk full, the suspension should lift up a little bit. 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 »


Soundtracks

Neutron Dance
Written by Danny Sembello, Allee Willis
Performed by The Pointer Sisters
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Funny and Entertaining
8 February 2008 | by exoticElephantSee all my reviews

I must say I wasn't too excited when my hubby said "let's go see Roscoe Jenkins". But I must also say that I am glad we did. It was very funny and entertaining. The script was not as typical as movies such as This Christmas and I actually found the plot to be defined. Yes the risks were high enough and the acting was good. The comedy was cool, forced at times, but funny most of the time. The writing was pretty cool. I did not have high expectations for this film at first and I truly do not know why because I think Martin Lawrence is very talented and funny. He always makes me laugh. I'm just tired of seeing the same script a thousand times and this script was not the same script a thousand times. The message was also good and it was a breath of fresh air to see a film about a Black Man having a meaningful relationship with their Father. It was also good to see real actors and comedians and not musicians trying to act. This made a big difference. The only thing that needed work in this movie was the cinematography. I felt as if the cinematographer was trying to sabotage the movie with extremely unnecessary shots. I could not understand how someone who has experience shooting many movies could shoot so many scenes out of FOCUS!. Overall, it is an excellent film with many funny moments. Family can definitely go and see it even though it has some riskier shots and language.


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