First Sunday (2008)



Critic Consensus: First Sunday may have its heart in the right place, but its funny bone is dislocated.

Movie Info

Gospel-minded playwright David E. Talbert produces, writes, and directs this urban crime comedy concerning a pair of criminals who take a group of church parishioners hostage while attempting to rob the holy house, only to find their captives slowly convincing them to repent and give up their lawless lifestyles. Durell (Ice Cube) and LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan) are two best friends with a special knack for petty crime. Upset at discovering that his ex-girlfriend is planning to move out of state with … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language, some sexual humor, and brief drug references)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David E. Talbert
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 6, 2008
Box Office: $37.9M
Sony Pictures Entertainment - Official Site


as Durell

as Rickey

as LeeJohn

as Sister Doris

as Deacon

as Judge B. Bennet Gall...

as Omunique

as Patsor Arthur Mitche...

as Office Eddie King

as Officer D'Agonstino

as Momma T

as Harold

as Durell Jr.

as Bernice Jenkins

as Preston

as Public Defender

as Mr. Wally

as Choir Member 2

as Assistant D.A.

as Waitress

as Choir Member 3

as Grandmother

as Boyfriend

as Boyfriend

as Sister Baker

as Choir Member 1

as Massage Attendant

as Soul Joe

as Omunique's Client

as Choir Band Member

as Choir Band Member

as Choir Band Member

as Choir Member

as Choir Member
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Critic Reviews for First Sunday

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (25)

Grafting moral uplift on to a slapstick caper with mixed results, this nevertheless captures some of the giddy eccentricity of the Ealing comedies it haphazardly resembles.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

If Tyler Perry ever wanted to turn Dog Day Afternoon into a treacly after-school special, it would probably end up looking a lot like this.

Full Review… | January 17, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

First Sunday isn't an out and out bad film, but to be a good one it would need to either greatly raise the dramatic steaks, or push its comedic boundaries over the top in conception. Instead it treads water safely in the middle, and it shows.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

Perhaps moviegoers demand simplicity and cheap laughs more than ever during tough times, but this must be discouraging to aspiring African-American comedians and writers.

Full Review… | April 26, 2009
Apollo Guide

This movie fails as a comedy, a drama, a morality play, and as a coherent motion picture. Awful stuff!

| August 26, 2008
Sin Magazine

If it was not for Morgan's goofy character or Katt Williams, I would be giving this movie a zero.

Full Review… | May 17, 2008
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Audience Reviews for First Sunday


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Corey Wood

Super Reviewer


A black morality tale... a nice twist from Cube's previous film outings. The comedy is still there, but throw in religion, guilt and the ghetto and you in for a good night.

If you like these kinds flicks.

Watch and praise the Lord that you arent as stupid as the two crims in this one!!


Khris N

Super Reviewer

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