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Kingdom Come (2001)



Critic Consensus: While it has its moments, Kingdom Come is marred by a script that's low on laughs and uneven in tone.

Movie Info

Based on the play Dearly Departed by David Dean Bottrell and Jessie Jones (who also penned this screenplay), this new comedy from the director of Jason's Lyric looks at a family gathering after one of their clan dies of a stroke. In the midst of a sweltering summer, the Slocumb family convenes. They include Charisse (Jada Pinkett Smith), the long-suffering, frustrated wife of philandering Junior (Anthony Anderson); there's also the Bible-spouting Marguerite (Loretta Devine), who prays to save her hard-living son Royce (Darius McCrary) from a life on welfare. Lucille (Vivica A. Fox) is the devoted family peacekeeper who is struggling with a money-grubbing funeral director, and her husband Ray Bud (L.L. Cool J) has major contempt for his family and wishes he were burying them instead. Kingdom Come also features Cedric the Entertainer as an intestinally challenged reverend and Whoopi Goldberg as the family matriarch. ~ Jason Clark, Rovimore
Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Dean Bottrell, Jessie Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2001
Box Office: $22.6M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


LL Cool J
as Ray Bud Slocumb
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Charisse Slocumb
Vivica A. Fox
as Lucille Slocumb
Whoopi Goldberg
as Raynelle Slocumb
Anthony Anderson
as Junior Slocumb
Loretta Devine
as Marguerite
Cedric the Entertain...
as Reverend Hooker
as Delightful
Patrice Monscell
as Merline Depew
Toni Braxton
as Juanita Slocumb
Dominic Hoffman
as Antoine Depew
Patrice Moncell
as Merline Depew
Clifton Davis
as Charles Winslow
Tamela Mann
as Lady No. 2
Chuck Campbell
as Pedal Steel Player
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Critic Reviews for Kingdom Come

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (26)

A heavyset daughter who never talks but eats a lot is named Delightful, which is supposed to be funny. That pretty much sums up the movie's comic tone.

Full Review… | April 13, 2001
USA Today
Top Critic

While Kingdom Come follows the formula for comic combustibility, it's even more inert than Bud, who at least comes to life for a brief fantasy sequence.

April 13, 2001
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The structure and style are a staple of many traveling black stage shows ... What slays them in the second balcony, though, flattens on the screen.

Full Review… | April 12, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A mediocre sitcom writ large.

Full Review… | April 12, 2001
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Manages to be profound without being pompous.

Full Review… | April 11, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Despite an appealing cast that includes Toni Braxton and Cedric The Entertainer, Kingdom Come won't leave you with a happy feeling -- and it may just leave you feeling surly.

April 11, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kingdom Come

I absolutely LOVE this movie! Great ensemble cast; all these talented and well-known people exercising their comedic bones and bringing about great results!

Remi Logan

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Leo L

Super Reviewer

If you're looking for a well written film with meaning and that has a great plot than I suggest you bypass this film. However, if you're lookig for a movie "just for laughs", I just suggest you watch Kingdom Come. I can watch this movie over and over and still fall out of my seat from laughing so hard! Great pick-me-upper!

Jbells16 B

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