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First Sunday may have its heart in the right place, but its funny bone is dislocated. Read critic reviews

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Petty thieves Durell (Ice Cube) and LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan) face a big problem: The two must come up with $17,000 in one week, or Durell will no longer be able to see his son. The goofy scoundrels embark on a haphazard plan to rob the neighborhood church, but they find the mission trickier than expected. When they arrive, they discover that somebody equally disreputable has already had his hand in the coffers. Now, they must trace the money to a group of parishioners.

Cast & Crew

Loretta Devine
Sister Doris
Keith David
Judge B. Bennet Galloway
Chi McBride
Pastor Arthur Mitchell
Clifton Powell
Officer Eddie King
Nicholas Turturro
Officer D'Agostino
C.J. Sanders
Durell Jr.
Tim Story
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Ice Cube
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Stacy Cramer
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Neil A. Machlis
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Julie Yorn
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Ronald Muhammad
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Alan Caso
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Jeffrey Wolf
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Stanley Clarke
Original Music
Dina Lipton
Production Design
Gersha Phillips
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Kim Taylor-Coleman
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Halina Siwolop
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Critic Reviews for First Sunday

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  • The missing-church-funds subplot will be easily figured out by any four year old, but it winds up being a McGuffin anyway.

    May 1, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • With his movie debut, Talbert plays to his established audience, the redemption message riding roughshod over everything, even such trifling concerns as character consistency and continuity.

    March 28, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The least funny man ever to make a career in comedy movies, Ice Cube hauls his sullen mug back in front of the cameras for the execrable First Sunday.

    March 28, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Loretta Devine and Olivia Cole shine out as veteran members of the flock, but even their class combined is no saving grace.

    March 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • Ice Cube is now Public Enemy Number Fun, although First Sunday is only fun if you're in dire need of a modernist urban take on the strain of comedy Abbott and Costello used to practice, which, let's be honest, wasn't that funny to begin with.

    February 1, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 21, 2013
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2011
    plop. sorry katt, this didn't work.
    Nay Nay B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2009
    The Trailers 4 This Movie Were More Funny Then The Actual Movie
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2009
    I always wondered what a really unfunny comdey would be like, and I found out. A lame excuse of a Melo-Dramatic "Tyler Perry" Rip-off. Katt Williams was pretty good, but this movie wasn't as hilarious as I thought it'd be, and it left me wondering one big thing. "Has Ice Cube finally given up the Childish Comedies, for real Cinema again, Like in "Higher Learning", and "?Boyz In The Hood"?
    Joseph E Super Reviewer

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