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Based on the play Dearly Departed by David Dean Bottrell and Jessie Jones who also penned this screenplay, this new comedy from the director of Jason's Lyric looks at a family gathering after one of their clan dies of a stroke. In the midst of a sweltering summer, the Slocumb family convenes. They include Charisse Jada Pinkett Smith, the long-suffering, frustrated wife of philandering Junior Anthony Anderson; there's also the Bible-spouting Marguerite Loretta Devine, who prays to save her hard-living son Royce ...
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Based on the play Dearly Departed by David Dean Bottrell and Jessie Jones who also penned this screenplay, this new comedy from the director of Jason's Lyric looks at a family gathering after one of their clan dies of a stroke. In the midst of a sweltering summer, the Slocumb family convenes. They include Charisse Jada Pinkett Smith, the long-suffering, frustrated wife of philandering Junior Anthony Anderson; there's also the Bible-spouting Marguerite Loretta Devine, who prays to save her hard-living son Royce Darius McCrary from a life on welfare. Lucille Vivica A. Fox is the devoted family peacekeeper who is struggling with a money-grubbing funeral director, and her husband Ray Bud L.L. Cool J has major contempt for his family and wishes he were burying them instead. Kingdom Come also features Cedric the Entertainer as an intestinally challenged reverend and Whoopi Goldberg as the family matriarch.
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African-American ensemble films -- at least, those not directed by Spike Lee, John Singleton, or the Hughes -- have often been automatically dismissed, compartmentalized as having little appeal beyond their target audience. But when one comes along that offers more characters than caricatures, like Kingdom Come, it should not be casually overlooked. This particular ensemble is filled with young and unexpectedly rich talent, overseen by veteran Whoopi Goldberg in the passive role of the sage widow, a shepherd stepping aside to admire her flock. Several performers who made their names in other fields -- such as LL Cool J, Cedric the Entertainer, and Toni Braxton -- show surprising subtlety and natural ability. The more seasoned professionals are the ones who sometimes edge toward the outrageous, particularly Jada Pinkett Smith as an unruly mother with an unfaithful husband and too many rugrats. But first-time director Doug McHenry does a good job reigning them in, unwilling to lose his film to any extant pressures toward going slapstick. Even with a conventional story full of the usual conflicts, one can sense the dialogue (by playwrights Jessie Jones and David Dean Bottrell, who wrote the source material) steering clear of the most obvious avenues, crediting the characters rather than undercutting them. In its best moments, Kingdom Come even approaches a version of The Big Chill, with the funeral serving not only as a catalyst for confrontations among a dysfunctional clan, but a clear window into a character.
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Kingdom Come, a seriocomic smorgasbord of African American star spotting (look, Toni Braxton!)...is a shotgun marriage of gross-outs and family clashes.... As the weirdest relative, Jada Pinkett Smith nails a certain down-home type as a cuckolded wife, morphing from...harpy to an elegantly nauseated Cruella De Vil.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2002
  • UPC: 024543029540
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
LL Cool J Ray Bud Slocumb
Jada Pinkett Smith Charisse Slocumb
Vivica A. Fox Lucille Slocumb
Loretta Devine Marguerite
Anthony Anderson Junior Slocumb
Whoopi Goldberg Raynelle Slocumb
Toni Braxton Juanita Slocumb
Cedric the Entertainer Reverend Hooker
Darius McCrary Royce
Richard Gant Clyde
Masasa Delightful
Dominic Hoffman Antoine Depew
Patrice Monscell Merline Depew
Clifton Davis Charles Winslow
Kellita Smith Bernice
Aloma Wright Veda
Tamala Jones Lady #2
Ellen Cleghorne Lady #1
Natalie Wilson Lady #3
Tamala J. Mann Lady #2
Sandra Nicole Shepherd Lady #4
Tony Paul Tiny
Chuck Campbell Pedal Steel Player
Frank Macchia Conductor
Technical Credits
Doug McHenry Director
Doug McHenry Director
Karen Agresti Set Decoration/Design
Marcos Alvarez Set Decoration/Design
Barbara Augustus Makeup
Edward Bates Producer
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Rochelle Bates Executive Producer
Big Daddy Stunts
David Dean Bottrell Screenwriter
Erwin M. Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
David E. Diano Camera Operator
Simon Dobbin Production Designer
Kirk Franklin Songwriter
Richard Halsey Editor
Hester Hargett Co-producer
Chris Hayes Camera Operator
James Alan Hensz Asst. Director
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruton Jones Art Director
Jessie Jones Screenwriter
Debbie Jones Stunts
Wayne Kelsee Stunts
Francis Kenny Cinematographer
L. King-Devoreaux Stunts
Eric Mansker Stunts
John Morrissey Producer
Judy Murdock Makeup
Beverly Jo Pryor Makeup
Robi Reed-Humes Casting
Carlton L. Russell Stunts
The EFX Shop Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Lawrence Turman Executive Producer
George S. Vrattos Special Effects
Derrick L. Wade Musical Direction/Supervision
Shelley A. Wallace Set Decoration/Design
William Washington Stunts
Russell Williams II Sound Mixer, Sound/Sound Designer
Dana Woods Stunts
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Kingdom Come - a great movie

    It starts with a laugh, and the laughs continue throughout. The down-to-earth plot revolves around a funeral and associated family stresses. Whoopi Goldberg continues to present herself as a marvelous person that you would be privileged to have as a close personal friend.

    The script portrays a small town family beset by common problems and coping with them in uncommonly funny ways.

    There is not a weak member in the cast. Each player is convincing and displays a range of emotions that require extensive talent and training.

    The music, lighting, sound, camera work, costumes, makeup, sets, and editing are flawless.

    This movie will make you laugh (a lot) and cry (a little), and it will leave you feeling that the world is a better place than you had realized.

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