Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

2008

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Critics Consensus

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins has moments of comic inspiration -- and long stretches of overdone slapstick.

23%

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Total Count: 82

63%

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User Ratings: 190,258
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RJ Stevens left behind his modest Southern upbringing and family name to transform into a self-help guru dispensing his "Team of Me" philosophy to millions of adoring fans. With a reality-TV-star fiancée and money to burn, there's no piece of the Hollywood dream RJ hasn't achieved. After his parents request that he come home for their 50th wedding anniversary, the TV host packs up his 10-year-old son and diva bride-to-be and heads back to Georgia. It's a chance to prove to his family that he's no longer the awkward kid they relentlessly picked on. At least, that's the plan. But, when his crazy, lovable family calls him on his big-city attitude and challenges him at every turn, RJ is forced to take a hard look at the man he's become. He may be a superstar in L.A., but he's just one of the guys in Dry Springs.

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Critic Reviews for Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (30)

  • Actors such as Michael Clarke Duncan, Mo'Nique, Mike Epps and Cedric the Entertainer have been persuaded by writer-director Malcolm D. Lee to do crass routines that should have gone out with minstrel shows.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 1/4
  • This is a loud, stupid, cliché-riddled mess.

    Feb 11, 2008
  • A talented comedian, Lawrence has leaned all too easily on formula for his successful films. Imagine if he would test his flair against original and fresh premises, instead of the tried and trite.

    Feb 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • There's little to distinguish this oddly mean-spirited comedy.

    Feb 8, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Scott Bowles

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins reinforces the sense that movies are not about real life but about other movies.

    Feb 8, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Sometimes, with a film like this, one grabs for anything potentially redeeming. It doesn't happen here.

    Feb 8, 2008 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

  • Feb 03, 2010
    Reggie: [Admiring the pork ribs he's just barbecued] See this swine? It's fine, divine, sublime, and right... Otis: ...on time! Otis: The Black Paris Hilton done sissified you off the swine, that's what's up. <div style="width:800px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/welcome-home-roscoe-jenkins-official-film-still-10947659"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/10/94/76/10947659_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div> What I loved about this movie were the characters and moral. And yes, I loved those things. Each of the characters are unique and have their own memorable moments. Also, this movie had some pretty decent jokes, much better than many other comedies released this time who use clichéd and predictable jokes. What I also admired about this movie was the family matter and moral this movie was trying to give out. I found it oddly touching and very sweet. Unfortunately, the other jokes this movie seem to have were also predictable, gross, unfunny, and crude. Some scenes in the movie just ruin the sweets scenes before it because it felt like the filmmakers just want to make people laugh. Like I said, the characters were memorable. The most notable were James Earl Jones, Nicole Ari Parker, and Mo'Nique. Mo'Nique, I must say, is the funniest character in here, in my opinion. She throws each joke at you and you can't have enough! I mean the film has some good laughs it just doesn't hold your attention very long. The characters are just so overblown and there is some sort of messed up moral there somewhere that just doesn't work out very well. It's supposed to be this feel good moment when Roscoe realizes the error of his ways and comes around but it's not as climatic as it could have been. The very weak romance that exists has very little chemistry. So the film really does rely on the comedic talents of it's star and the physical comedy which does manage to get a few chuckles. Martin Lawrence stars as Roscoe "RJ" Jenkins. I do like Lawrence, he does always seem to play the same sort of character but he does have great comedic timing and he really is terrific at physical comedy which I love and I have great respect for a comedian who does it right. Lawrence is very watchable as Roscoe and definitely carries the film. Joy Bryant plays the high maintenance fiancé to Roscoe, Bianca. She does a good job as well. Her and Lawrence have Zero chemistry and actually look ridiculous together I think. I suppose they aren't supposed to look good together. Still she makes a good villain and someone you'll love to hate. Nicole Ari Parker plays the 'other girl' Roscoe's true love and childhood sweetheart. I hate to say it but Parker is bland and looks like a deer in the headlights. She has almost as little chemistry with Lawrence and she IS supposed to have chemistry with him. She just looks bored or tired or something but doesn't fit the cast. Cedric The Entertainer who I also think can be a very funny guy plays Lawrence's rival and cousin. He is decent but just kind of does his thing and never really makes any significant addition to the cast. The real charm in the film is the incredible supporting cast that make up the wild family including the incredible James Earl Jones, Margaret Avery, and Michael Clarke Duncan (who is terrific as Roscoe's older stronger brother.) The two members of the cast who significantly drag this cast down are Mo'Nique as a stereotypical, trashy, sleazy girl who wants nothing more than to have a lot of sex. Her role is demeaning and as hard as she tries to be funny...she isn't. And Mike Epps who is a decent comedian sometimes and even this role is kind of funny but he gets lost in the bland characterization of his character. Most will find the film genuinely funny and it is but it won't stick with you. It's not something that will become a classic comedy unless you're a huge Martin Lawrence fan. <div style="width:900px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/welcome-home-roscoe-jenkins-official-film-still-10947657"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/10/94/76/10947657_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div> Roscoe Jenkins is a very successful man, he's a host of a new talk show and author of a self help book, everyone loves him pretty much, including his Survivor wanna be star fiancée, Bianca. But when his son wants to go to his family's big BBQ reunion down in Atlanta, Roscoe decides that it's time for them to meet his new fiancée and life. But what Bianca is not expecting is his crazy family that will just drive them crazy. But Roscoe sees an old crush with his "brother like" enemy, Clyde, flames spark up again, questioning what Roscoe's true roots are. While Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins is typical, has some interesting cast members, and can be a bit insulting, I still feel like this movie really didn't mean to hurt anyone, just to have fun and deliver a few laughs. Like I said, just this movie has been done before so many times with the crazy family and you can predict what will happen at the end, but still, I enjoyed this movie and thought it was fun at best. Just the only thing I didn't get was how the whole family picked on him about his success, I mean, I'd get into his good graces to share some that fun money he must be rolling around in, lol. But I would recommend this movie, just you have to be open to it and just have fun, I guarantee you'll get a few good laughs. <div style="width:900px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/welcome-home-roscoe-jenkins-welcome-home-roscoe-jenkins-10889244"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/10/88/92/10889244_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div> A single father who has just found success as the host of an outrageous television talk show begins to question his path in life when he returns home to attend his parents' 50th wedding anniversary party in the company of his famous fiance -- a reality television star -- in this crisis-of-conscience comedy starring Martin Lawrence. RJ Stevens (Lawrence) is a television talk-show sensation who has transcended his modest Southern beginnings to become the most popular self-help guru ever to grace the small screen. His show, "Team of Me," is a ratings juggernaut, his fiance is a beautiful reality television star, and his pockets are always lined with large bills. There are few Tinseltown dreams that RJ hasn't already achieved, so when his parents announce their 50th wedding anniversary, the family-oriented television star immediately drops everything and sets his sights on Georgia. As a boy, RJ was always the target of ridicule within his family, but these days things are different; not only does RJ have a ten-year-old son, but his bride-to-be is admired by countless viewers all across the globe on a weekly basis. But RJ's egotistical West Coast attitude simply doesn't fly in the South, and when his lovable but relentless family refuses to cut him any slack due to his current superstar status, he must finally pause and take stock of the man he has become. Louis C.K., Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Clarke Duncan, and James Earl Jones co-star in a Southern-flavored family comedy written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. <div style="width:900px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/welcome-home-roscoe-jenkins-welcome-home-roscoe-jenkins-10889245"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/10/88/92/10889245_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div> A successful talk show host leaves Los Angeles to reunite with his family in the Deep South.
    Sergio E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2009
    I enjoyed the movie more then I thought I would
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2009
    This film wasn't all that funny, but the scehs that were funny, were Hysterical, and Outrageous. This is Lawerence doing his Bawdy Humor that got him famous. Worth atleast One watch. It isn't all sterotypical, and one-liners that pierce many egos, but it is all the fast paced humotr that appeared throughout the whole film.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2009
    Granted it's not a great film, hell I can't even say that it's a good film. I just gave it 3 stars cause it kept me entertained throughout. I liked it cause it's not like those Tyler Perry movies cause they feel pretentious (which is the same problem I have with The Cosby show...but I digress), it's just a fun movie and there's really no pretentiousness here the Jenkins are just a normal family and they actually DO feel like a family, which is something that I can't say for a lot of movies that try the same thing (Madea's Family Reunion I'm looking at you). So that was good to see. As far as the plot goes, it's nothing really great...it's predictable as fuck and you can pretty much see where the movie's going to go by the end of it. So really there's not a whole lot that really sets this film apart from other films like this. Also I watched this on free tv so perhaps I was nicer to this film than I normally would be.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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