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Kingdom Come (2001)

A group of old family members bands together when a despicable family member thankfully expires.

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Doug McHenry

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David Dean Bottrell (play) (as David Dean Bottrell), Jessie Jones (play) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
LL Cool J ... Ray Bud Slocumb
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Charisse Slocumb
Vivica A. Fox ... Lucille Slocumb
Loretta Devine ... Marguerite Slocumb
Anthony Anderson ... Junior Slocumb
Toni Braxton ... Juanita Slocumb
Cedric the Entertainer ... Rev. Beverly H. Hooker
Darius McCrary ... Royce Slocumb
Whoopi Goldberg ... Raynelle Slocumb
Richard Gant ... Clyde Kincade
Masasa Moyo Masasa Moyo ... Delightful Slocumb (as Masasa)
Dominic Hoffman ... Antoine Depew
Patrice Moncell Patrice Moncell ... Merline Depew
Clifton Davis ... Charles Winslow
Kellita Smith ... Bernice Talbert
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Storyline

This family has issues! When mean and surly Bud Slocumb keels over at breakfast, his family gathers for the wake and funeral: long-suffering widow Raynelle, unemployed son Junior who's cheating on his wife Charisse, son Ray Bud who holds a job and has a loving wife, Lucille, but struggles with alcoholism and with their difficulty having children. There's younger daughter Delightful, who constantly eats; religious Aunt Marguerite and her wayward son Royce; and, there's Juanita, their wealthy cousin's wife. They all descend on the town of Lula, struggle to say something nice about Bud, and face the challenge of sorting out their relationships with the living. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They're not perfect, but they are family.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Fox Searchlight

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Békés családi tűzfészek See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,562,284, 15 April 2001

Gross USA:

$23,247,539
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The entire soundtrack for the movie was written and produced by gospel superstar, Kirk Franklin. See more »

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Ray Bud Slocumb: My daddy is wearing ballet shoes!
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Warm, wistful, human, laugh-out-loud funny movie about family, love, dreams
7 March 2005 | by MoxieSee all my reviews

What a delightful movie! It's about family, and love, and dreams, and how we get along in this world -- especially with our nearest and not-always-dearest. It's warm and wistful and laugh-out-loud funny!

As for Goldberg's part, though promotions may have given her high billing, in fact her part is minuscule. But even if she'd been absent, this cast did more than enough to entertain.

LL Cool J did a fine job in the lead, only his name betraying his rap origins. He was joined by a host of other talented actors, including a favorite of mine, Loretta Devine, as a classic "momma." Another performance I particularly enjoyed was Cedric the Entertainer's role of the Reverend.

But everybody was good! Great ensemble acting -- _everyone_ was just right, including even the bit players, and they all blended into a very believable whole. The dialogue was witty, capturing exactly the character types, but down-to-earth without resorting to cheap crudity.

I kept thinking, "This would make an excellent play for community theater!" Great character types, great major roles, lots of smaller and non-speaking parts, easy to set. Then the credits showed that it had been adapted from David Dean Bottrell's play "Dearly Departed." It made me long to 'tread the boards' again -- join a great cast like that and take part in the play's warmth, truth and wry good humor.

The funeral of a hard-to-love father brings together his extended family, with their various relational wrinkles, all of which are plausibly solved by the end.

The story is kind, forgiving of human foibles, and in good taste throughout. The 'bathroom humor' mentioned in another review is a very light, one-time thing -- gas due to indigestion -- that is also a necessary plot device. I don't see how it could have been handled any better another way.

My satellite service will be showing this film all month, and I plan to watch it a couple more times. And beyond its humor, because of its warm heart and human hope I intend to buy the video.


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