Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (DVD)

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Upbeat homecoming comedy as a glitzy talk show host returns to the land of his roots. Having pulled himself up by his bootstraps, self-help guru RJ Stevens (Martin Lawrence) has come a long way from his Deep South childhood. Now, with all the trappings of a successful TV career and a gorgeous celebrity fiancee on his arm, RJ feels he's finally arrived in the 'city of the angels'. So when he receives an invitation to his parents' 50th wedding anniversary, RJ sees it as the ideal opportunity to show the folks back home how well he's done, and receive the praise he feels he's due. But when he arrives in his old stomping ground to find his family distinctly underwhelmed by his Californian approach, RJ realises that maybe it's time to re-evaluate his life.

Product Details

Barcode
5050582556001
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Mar 2010
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Comedy
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Secondary Languages
German
Studio
UCA
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
114 min
Age Restriction
12
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
Release Year
2008
Running Time
114 min
Language
English
Working Title
Better Man
Categories
Comedies / African American Cinema / African American Culture / African Americans / Family Interaction / Theatrical Release
US Box Office
$42.3 million
Official Website
http://www.roscoejenkins.com/
Ratings
IMDb
5.5
Rotten Tomatoes®
23% 63%
Metacritic
46
Synopsis
Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence (BAD BOYS, BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE) aims for the heartstrings and funny bones in WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS, a raucous helping of family soul food. Lawrence plays R.J. Stevens (in truth, Roscoe Steven Jenkins), a Hollywood self-help sensation whose fame has netted him a reality television star fiancée (Joy Bryant) while simultaneously alienating his young son. Having been away from his family for nine years, prodigal son R.J. returns to Georgia to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of his parents (James Earl Jones and Margaret Avery). Upon his arrival, R.J. is given a rude awakening by his none-too-impressed siblings (Mike Epps, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Mo'Nique). R.J. must also contend with his ultra-competitive cousin Clyde (Cedric the Entertainer), the family's presumptive "golden boy" and a long-time rival who stole the affections of R.J.'s childhood sweetheart, Lucinda (Nicole Ari Parker). As the celebration weekend rolls on, R.J.'s craving for his father's respect and an inflated sense of self threaten family harmony and his opportunity to reconnect with Lucinda, and--worst of all--his relationship with his own son. Lawrence makes Roscoe a genuinely sympathetic foil to the comedic antics of Mo'Nique and Epps, both of whom are given room to riff by director Malcom D. Lee (UNDERCOVER BROTHER, ROLL BOUNCE). Frequently bawdy but thoroughly entertaining, WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS is also a warmhearted reminder that you are where you come from, and that when searching for yourself no one can put you straight better than a loving family.
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Poster for Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
Cast & Crew
Director
Malcolm D. Lee
Star
Michael Clarke Duncan / Margaret Avery / Joy Bryant / Louis C.K. / Cedric the Entertainer / Mike Epps / James Earl Jones / Martin Lawrence / Mo'Nique / Nicole Ari Parker
Screenwriter
Malcolm D. Lee
Composer
David Newman
Executive Producer
Gary Barber / Roger Birnbaum / Timothy Bourne / Malcolm D. Lee
Producer
Charles Castaldi / Mary Parent / Scott Stuber
Director of Photography
Greg Gardiner
Movie Critics
New York Times
"[I]t's a cut above other films of its type because every scene is packed with details...touches that suggest that the film's writer and director is working overtime to smuggle life into formula."
Matt Zoller Seitz (8 Feb 2008, )