First Sunday (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 the couple's young son, Durell knows that the only way to keep his fractured family in close proximity to one another is to raise the 17,000 dollars needed to pay off her growing debt. In order to get the money before his ex decides to make the big move, the desperate Durell enlists the aid of his scheming best buddy to rob their neighborhood church. But someone has beaten Durell and LeeJohn to the punch, and if they ever hope to get their hands on that quick cash, this bumbling pair will first have to spend an entire night in the presence of not just the almighty lord, but some of his most fervent followers as well. Katt Williams, Keith David, Regina Hall, and Chi Mcbride co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
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


Ice Cube
as Durell
Tracy Morgan
as LeeJohn
Loretta Devine
as Sister Doris
Keith David
as Judge B. Bennet Gall...
Regina Hall
as Omunique
Chi McBride
as Patsor Arthur Mitche...
Clifton Powell
as Office Eddie King
Nicholas Turturro
as Officer D'Agonstino
Olivia Cole
as Momma T
Red Grant
as Harold
C.J. Sanders
as Durell Jr.
Rickey Smiley
as Bernice Jenkins
Arjay Smith
as Preston
Kim Staunton
as Public Defender
Gerry Black
as Mr. Wally
Joy Brunson
as Choir Member 2
P.J. Byrne
as Assistant D.A.
Bashirrah Creswell
as Choir Member 3
Starletta DuPois
as Grandmother
Roy Jackson Jr.
as Boyfriend
Roy Jackson
as Boyfriend
Patricia Mikel
as Sister Baker
Byron Blu Mitchell
as Choir Member 1
Aya Nagasaki
as Massage Attendant
Reynaldo Rey
as Soul Joe
Tiffany 'New York' P...
as Omunique's Client
Kurt Carr
as Choir Band Member
Timothy P. Mason
as Choir Band Member
Sheryl Harper
as Choir Band Member
Jackie Brown
as Choir Member
Troy Clark
as Choir Member
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Critic Reviews for First Sunday

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (26)

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

Talbert's unable to pin down exactly what kind of movie he wants to make, a slapstick sermon or an urban tragicomedy?

Full Review… | January 29, 2008
I.E. Weekly
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!

Full Review… | August 26, 2008
Sin Magazine

Audience Reviews for First Sunday


Directors Cat
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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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