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Kingdom Come (Widescreen)

LL Cool J , Jada Pinkett Smith , Doug McHenry    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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When her husband keels over from a stroke, Raynelle Slocumb (Whoopi Goldberg) calls the entire clan together to remember their dearly departed. Family tensions reach a comedic boil as the wildly dysfunctional Slocumbs reunite under one roof, including Raynelle's battling sons (LL Cool J & Anthony Anderson) and their feisty wives, played with comic brilliance by jada Pinkett Smith and Vivica A. Fox. you'll double over with laughter watching this big-hearted film filled with "inspired humor... a movie to be cherished." (Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times)


Whoopi Goldberg and LL Cool J lead a strong cast in Kingdom Come, one of those the-whole-family-comes-together comedy-dramas that celebrate the transcendent power of love. When the surly patriarch of the family dies, relatives descend upon his widow (Goldberg): his recovering alcoholic son Ray (Cool J) and his wife Lucille (Vivica Fox from Independence Day), who have been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant; the incompetent other son Junior (Anthony Anderson, Big Momma's House) and his jealous wife Charisse (Jada Pinkett Smith) and their three rambunctious boys; the over-religious sister (Loretta Devine) and her shiftless son; and assorted other eccentric characters who generally turn the reception and funeral into a series of squabbling indignities--the kids even wrap the hearse in toilet paper. The movie's script is modest at best and loaded with forced plot points--to no one's surprise, all problems are resolved in an orgy of forgiveness--but the cast handles the material with sincerity and grace. Goldberg rises to the top as the stoic Mama Rae, lacing her bland lines with a dry and biting wit. Cedric the Entertainer (The Original Kings of Comedy) and singer Toni Braxton round out the cast. --Bret Fetzer

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3.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom Come... Heaven help us! April 2 2004
What a phsycologically derranged and wild family! I wouldn't be caught dead if this were my family! The hate and tense scenes were out of state and out of mind. I hated Aunt Marguerite the worst! "Yes, you're living proof that life is not a good time!" *Grabs her bible and beats her with it* "That is not how you use the word of God! Not to hit your son, Royce with it! And if you're such a religious and scriptural expert, what did Jesus say about being judgemental?! You're being the overbearing and obnoxious devil yourself, Marguerite!! Whoo! And if Royce doesn't want to take you, HE DOESN'T HAVE TO TAKE YTOU!!!!!!!! LEAVE HIM ALONE. *grabs phone from Marguerite* The arguements with Charisse and Junior were enough to influence anyone to lose their minds if they had bitter feelings or quarrels. Poor Charisse; if she wnated to be alone, why not Delightful leave her be!? What I liked about this film was Ray Bud and Lucille. It seemed they were the only characters making the movie worth while. Along with Reverend Hooker; his flatulence was out of this world! I really liked the song Charisse sang at the funeral; it's a peace filling tune. The ending was wonderful, though; evertyhing was resolved. That's what kept me from limiting this film to two stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can I Get A Yeamen ? Aug. 25 2003
Whoopie Goldberg, LL Cool J, Loretta Devine and Jada Pinkett - Smith star in this overlooked little comic gem of a movie. The supporting cast, including Cedric the Entertainer, are also on hand to bring to life a funny farce on death and dying, dysfunction and survival. Admittedly, perhaps a few of the plot devices may be trite, but it's very rare for a movie not to have a few over used plots or farcial moments. This movie is all about family surviving family and life and trying to rise above whatever life has in store - be it fate or human blunder. Goldberg plays Mama Rae, a stoic and strong woman, who does know her own mind. When her husband drops dead at the breakfast table, she continues on - with an assortment of family members and friends who are coming home to " help " her. The always amazing Loretta Devine, the bombastic, morally and religiously effusive, bounds onto the screen and doesn't stop chewing the scenery throughout her turn as Aunt Marguerite - the long suffering sister of the recently departed Bud and the mother of two lowdown sons, who try her patience at every turn. LL Cool J is the eldest son of Mama Rae and Bud, who battles his own demons, but seems to bring stability to a very fractured family. Pinkett - Smith is the one person that every family seems to have - The Drama Queen and the Eternal Victim. The rest of the cast deserves to be singled out, but time and space is limited. The bottomline is - this is a movie that can make you laugh - even if you stop laughing and think - " this reminds me of someone in MY family. " It ain't brain surgery, folks and not all movies have to be or even should be. A nice clue, watch the credit roll - the photos seem to tie up the stories in the movie.
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... about a family, the Slocumbs, that gathers for the funeral of its patriarch, Bud, about whom his widow (Whoopi Goldberg), asked by a minister to share happy memories, can only muster the words "He was mean, and right surly." Whoopi's character is as cool as the Buddha, except for one outburst of wrath at her bickering children.
LL Cool J plays the son of the deceased, Ray Bud, a hard-working auto mechanic; he contends manfully against alcoholism and a short fuse, while his wife Lucille (Vivica A. Fox) is a supremely sweet-tempered woman, unable to conceive a child.
Another son of the deceased is Junior (played by Anthony Anderson), who has lost all his money on an unwise business venture, and whose perpetually carping and combative wife Charisse (Jada Pinkett Smith) has just discovered another woman's earring in the family car. She is ... not pleased. They have, in addition to their financial and marital woes, a trio of untamable children.
There is a daughter named Delightful (played by an actress named Masasa). She does not speak a single word from opening frame to closing credit, but steals just about every scene that she's in.
The American treasure Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls, Waiting to Exhale, Boston Public, Funny Valentines) plays Aunt Marguerite, a born-again Christian widow, whose son Royce (Darius McCrary of Family Matters) is a feckless party-animal collecting an unemployment check. Aunt Marguerite gives new meaning to the word "Bible-thumper," as she is often seen whacking her son on the head with a copy of the Good Book, and calling him a demon.
And then there is the minister, a good-hearted soul (Cedric the Entertainer), prone to platitudes delivered lispingly, ample of appetite, and sometimes dyspeptic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Really stunk up my VCR May 22 2002
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I thought this film was so bad that I wanted to spray my VCR with Lysol when it was over! YECCH! This "comedy" deals with a very unlikeable and unappealing family's events surrounding the death of their equally unlikeable father. Sounds like a real knee-slapper, right? Yes folks, it's as funny as it sounds as 99% of the characters are incredibly annoying to watch and are almost to a one without redeeming qualities. Bitter old women, trifling and lazy men, bratty kids, ad nauseum.
BUT- LL Cool J (James Todd Smith)'s character does have a nice moment at the funeral where he tries to make some sense out of all this nonsense and straighten out this ultra-dysfunctional motley crew. Thus it gets two stars instead of one from me. However, the mess that one has to sit through to get to this good part near the end just ain't worth it. Don't waste your time.
However, the one interesting thing about this film is that it is one of the few films of recent times with a Black cast where race isn't even MENTIONED or bears no relevence to the plot. In fact, this could have easily been done with a White cast. I guess that's equality when Blacks have just as much opportunity to make bad films as Whites!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny drama, althogh i didn't get the point of this movie
LL, Jada, Fox and Goldberg are good, not great, but good in this family reunion 'Dramedy' (Drama+Comedy), when a family member dies, the whole family reunite, each with a story to... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Hadi Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply the worst movie ever!!!!
This movie sucks and thats all I can say. What a waste of some precious hours of my life that I can't get back.
I wouldn't even rate it cos 1 star is rather generous.
Published on May 7 2004 by Lucky 07
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent movie but not worth the money
I have to start off by saying who ever cast this movie did an excellent job. Who ever wrote the script did a very poor job. The story line was no where as great as the casting was. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by musicalsoul
2.0 out of 5 stars The comedy does not mix with the drama
In "The Wood" "Get On The Bus" and "Soul Food" the filmmakers was able to balance the comedy with the drama but in "Kingdom Come" nuthin... Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by D3strukchun
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie to Watch
This movie is shown pretty often on cable. But it's a movie that doesn't get too tiring to see. LL's character is trying to keep the family together as the head of the household... Read more
Published on June 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY.
Published on Feb. 14 2003 by Erica
3.0 out of 5 stars Thy Will Be done
The plot is outlined ad nauseum, so I will not do into that aspect. The characters are the movie - the plot isn't unusual, but the actors portray their roles with relish and heart. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2003 by D. Eichholz
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Light-hearted
This is the film you want, if you want a good laugh.
Published on Jan. 23 2003 by Natural Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny, touching movie!
This is a great movie. It's one of my all time favorites. It is so wonderful. After you are done watching it, it leaves you with an awesome feeling! Read more
Published on Dec 30 2002
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