WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS
Clouded by Foul Language and Crude Humor
Release Date: February 08, 2008
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 114 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/G.E.
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Writer: Malcolm D. Lee
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When his parent’s plead for him to come to their 50th wedding anniversary after years of being away, Jenkins packs up his 10-year-old son and bride-to-be and heads back home to Georgia. It's a chance to prove to his family that he's no longer the awkward boy they used to relentlessly ridicule. At least, that's the plan. But, when his crazy, lovable family calls him on his big-city attitude and challenges him at every turn, RJ is forced to take a hard look at the man he's become.
Roscoe’s family has a tight bond but that is quickly disrupted when their “superstar” prodigal son rolls back into town. Adding to the confusion is Roscoe’s old friend, Reggie (Mike Epps), who is a wildly promiscuous swindler, drug user and thief. The real source of all the rising trouble, other than Roscoe’s deepest desire to flaunt his fame and success, is the rebirth of an old rivalry between him and his “adopted” brother, Clyde (Cedric The Entertainer). All of this confusion is sharply contrasted by the positive lives of Roscoe’s brother, Otis (Michael Clarke Duncan), who is also the town’s reputable sheriff, and his parents, Papa Jenkins (James Earl Jones) and Mama Jenkins (Margaret Avery). The way they have their lives together and the positive family model of Otis, with a pregnant wife and 2 teenage children, puts Roscoe’s idea of “success” to shame. It takes RJ most of the film, however, to figure this out. In the meantime, he is distracted by his misguided relationship with his neurotic fiancée, who is consumed by winning, being popular, and controlling everything Roscoe does. To mix things up even more, an old flame of Roscoe’s, Lucinda (Nicole Ari Parker), comes back into the picture. She causes inner turmoil for Roscoe and brings out the worst in his fiancée at the same time.
The acting of this movie is rather impressive, with a talented and well rounded cast. The writing leaves a lot to be desired. A very positive message eventually wins the day, but not before the audience is forced to endure an insane amount of foul language, perverted jokes, sexual references, silly violence, and blatantly offensive religious remarks and suggestions against characters claiming to be “Christian.” The worst examples are when Roscoe begins stuttering during the only sexual scene of the movie, and his fiancée proudly proclaims that she’s “so good” she is making him “speak in tongues.” The other incredibly offensive character is Roscoe’s cousin who curses over and over, then pretends to “praise the Lord,” and constantly speaks of going to church and singing in the choir in order to meet guys with whom she can have sexual relations. So, as strong as the final message ends up being, it is dampened and overshadowed by all the unnecessary foul language and incredibly crude humor.
The acting of the talented cast is impressive, but the writing leaves a lot to be desired. A very positive message eventually wins the day, but not before the audience is forced to endure an insane amount of foul language, perverted jokes, sexual references, and silly violence. There are also blatantly offensive religious remarks about characters claiming to be “Christian” but displaying lifestyles and actions that are anything but.