Cinelou Releasing | Release Date: September 16, 2016
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tropicAcesSep 17, 2016
It was nice to see Eddie Murphy back in a movie on the big screen, however I wish it was something better than this. MR. CHURCH is emotionally manipulative and full of awkward and awful dialogue, with lines such as "don't you know? MiraclesIt was nice to see Eddie Murphy back in a movie on the big screen, however I wish it was something better than this. MR. CHURCH is emotionally manipulative and full of awkward and awful dialogue, with lines such as "don't you know? Miracles run in the Brody family!" making me cringe.

The whole film also screams "magical negro" with Murphy being the saving grace time and time again. Murphy is never given a chance to show his charisma and is instead trapped in a boring film.
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skeptic303Sep 26, 2016
Mr. Church is about an African-American cook-slash-servant (Mr. Church) who develops a relationship with a family member who initially condemns his presence bitterly...for fifteen minutes.
Mr. Church is actually about an African American
Mr. Church is about an African-American cook-slash-servant (Mr. Church) who develops a relationship with a family member who initially condemns his presence bitterly...for fifteen minutes.
Mr. Church is actually about an African American cook-slash servant who becomes acquainted with a family member who appreciated his comfort in her kind-of difficult scenarios...for the rest of the movie.
That would be fine if the people behind the camera developed a trying, but complex relationship like the one displayed in Inside Out or Room, but they only scratch the surface and bore the average moviegoer for 105 minutes, time that is better spent watching Don't Think Twice (2016).
The characters are not only based off of stereotypes, but they are considerably boring because they don't learn anything. Any conflict that, when focused on, could have paved the way for a deep film that had something to say about something was nuked after just around fifteen minutes. I have barely seen a film, like this, that tries every idea in the book to make you sad and in the end, it can't focus on that idea and adds to the sappiness of it all. It is a waste of time; wait for or find better movies.
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