Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) PG13 - 3½ Stars

I have always loved Martin Lawrence since the Def Comedy Jam days where he hosted and really became noticed. As the host, he was absolutely hilarious and sort of always will be remembered to me by those days. He can do things with his facial features just enough to accent his laughs and this movie is full of his facial expressions that make you laugh.

Roscoe Jenkins "RJ" (Martin Lawrence) has become a fairly successful television talk show host with his "Team of Me" philosophy, raising his son alone. He's met and is engaged to a beautiful reality T.V. host Bianca Kittle (Joy Bryant). She's quit the looker about to become trophy wife.

When Roscoe's parents have their 50th wedding anniversary, he puts his television and family life on hold while he makes plans to travel to Georgia. As a boy, RJ was the target of ridicule within his family and friends always being picked on and eager to take on a challenge. It was his childhood friend Otis (Michael Clarke Duncan) that took away his chance at love with child hood love, Lucinda (Nicole Ari Parker). But RJ thinks these days are different now as he has a 10 year old son, and his good looking fiance Bianca who's been seen world wide on television. But Roscoe soon finds out that old wounds are still unsettled and his lovable family Betty (Mo'nique) and Mama Jenkins (Margaret Avery) and Papa Jenkins (James Earl Jones), have not changed much and with much at stake, Roscoe has to decide which man he has become.

Universal Pictures Distribution
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Writer: Malcolm D. Lee
Producers: Scott Stuber, Malcolm Castaldi, Charles Castaldi
I viewed 8/08

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