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  • Summary: Talk-show sensation 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'tTalk-show sensation 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 as folks say "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins." (Universal Pictures) Expand

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. 75
    Turns out to be formulaic and broad but also skillfully paced and big-hearted, with a sharp cast of comics that makes the most of a sunny script.
  2. Mo'Nique is similarly given little opportunity to show off her indisputable comedic chops, though her freewheeling monologue during the closing credits hints at what might have been.
  3. Lawrence's co-stars are more than ready to provide salty humor while creating a loose, almost improvised feel.
  4. A few laughs and a lot of hyperbolic shtick make this a little better than formulaic before the standard-issue resolution.
  5. The cast's evident delight might be enough for some moviegoers, but with so much talent and so little modulation on offer, audiences subjected to the onslaught could reasonably expect a higher laughs-to-torture ratio.
  6. 25
    Nothing the skunk does can begin to match the stench of this movie.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Raven
    Feb 16, 2008
    10
    Great movie, tons of laughs and really shows how movies are still funny (despite movies like Epic Movie, Strange Wilderness, ect...movies Great movie, tons of laughs and really shows how movies are still funny (despite movies like Epic Movie, Strange Wilderness, ect...movies with comedy made for 12 year olds). Expand
  2. ChadS.
    Feb 10, 2008
    7
    Just another crude and crass yu(c)k-fest starring alleged funny-man Martin Lawrence would be the knee-jerk reaction to "Welcome Home Roscoe Just another crude and crass yu(c)k-fest starring alleged funny-man Martin Lawrence would be the knee-jerk reaction to "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins"; and yes, the Jenkins clan are indeed crude and crass, which gives creedence to the haters who dismiss contemporary African-American films as either being celluloid minstrel shows, or movies that a non-Black audience can't relate to. But if you look beyond the rutting dogs and low-brow humor, "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins" can be defended as a blaxploitation art film, because this reasonably entertaining comedy about a urban woman who discovers that her accomplished mate is really a country boy at heart, plays like a black "Junebug". Bianca Kittles(Joy Bryant) might be supercilious, but being patronizing is far worse(like the Embeth Davidz character in the Phil Morrison charmer from 2005). Mo'Nique, who inhabits the Amy Adams role, pays no mind to Joy's curvy figure and sophistication; the junewhale receives no mentoring or condescending hugs(in "Junebug", Madeliene(Davidz) pats Ashley(Adams) on the back like a baby when they embrace) from the "Survivor"-winner, because she is proud of her full figure and rural background. "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins", because it is a broad comedy, doesn't really give Roscoe(Martin Lawrence) a reason to choose his family over Joy. Despite his success, he's still treated like the black sheep. "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins" should've ended like "Junebug", but it doesn't. There's a change-of-heart; there's a U-turn. Expand

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