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
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 morePublished on May 10 2004 by Hadi Jones
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.
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 morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by musicalsoul
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 morePublished on Oct. 12 2003 by D3strukchun
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 morePublished on June 14 2003
MAN U CANT HELP BUT TO LOVE THIS MOVIE. ITS FUNNY AS I DONT KNOW WHAT.ITS NOT ONE PART THAT U DONT LAUGH OFF OF. THEY WHOLE FAMILY IS A HOT A MESS AND THEIR ALWAYS TRIPPING. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2003 by Erica
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 morePublished on Feb. 4 2003 by D. Eichholz