Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)
My Rating: 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Funny family flick, with lots of laughs and less plot intensity!”
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…. 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.