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  • Summary: Dirty Laundry is a serious comedy about family drama. A modern-day prodigal son story with a twist, the film follows a traditional southern family dealing with the return of the prodigal son Patrick, a successful Manhattan writer who suddenly left home and never looked back. After 10Dirty Laundry is a serious comedy about family drama. A modern-day prodigal son story with a twist, the film follows a traditional southern family dealing with the return of the prodigal son Patrick, a successful Manhattan writer who suddenly left home and never looked back. After 10 years, Patrick has returned to discover a secret that could rock his seemingly "perfect" world. In the center of the conflict is his hard-edged mother Evelyn, whose own story holds as much drama and secrecy as her son's. (Codeblack Entertainment) Collapse
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  1. Looking for plot holes? You can't miss them. But if you go in hoping for a good time, you'll find that, too.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    Taking control of what would otherwise be a trite and preachy fable about the need for African American families to accept their gay brethren, Devine builds a jolly and touching character from the stock figure of a Georgia mom coming to terms with her disaffected gay son.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    50
    Overwritten and under-directed by Maurice Jamal, the movie contains several honest moments but remains too awash in clichés and stereotypes to take seriously.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    50
    Mr. Jamal’s direction ranges from clumsy to competent, and the film’s overwhelming desire to be loved blunts any edge it might have had.
  5. 50
    Jamal's comedy of family dysfunction is essentially a sitcom episode writ large; it's not subtle, but it's good-natured and hits its marks with ruthless efficiency.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    50
    A comedy-drama with alarming similarities to a relic from 1976, "Norman, Is That You?" In that film, Redd Foxx and Pearl Bailey were parents shocked to discover that their son was gay and living with a white lover. That's basically the same gimmick in this new film from writer-director Maurice Jamal.
  7. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    40
    Cheesy crockpot of a film.

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