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Whoopi Goldberg and LL Cool J lead a strong cast in Kingdom Come, one of those the-whole-family-comes-together comedy-dramas that celebrate the transcendent power of love. When the surly patriarch of the family dies, relatives descend upon his widow (Goldberg): his recovering alcoholic son Ray (Cool J) and his wife Lucille (Vivica Fox from Independence Day), who have been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant; the incompetent other son Junior (Anthony Anderson, Big Momma's House) and his jealous wife Charisse (Jada Pinkett Smith) and their three rambunctious boys; the over-religious sister (Loretta Devine) and her shiftless son; and assorted other eccentric characters who generally turn the reception and funeral into a series of squabbling indignities--the kids even wrap the hearse in toilet paper. The movie's script is modest at best and loaded with forced plot points--to no one's surprise, all problems are resolved in an orgy of forgiveness--but the cast handles the material with sincerity and grace. Goldberg rises to the top as the stoic Mama Rae, lacing her bland lines with a dry and biting wit. Cedric the Entertainer (The Original Kings of Comedy) and singer Toni Braxton round out the cast. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Audio Commentary by Director Doug McHenry; Making of Featurette; Music Video "Thank You" by Kirk Franklin; Trailer; 4 TV Spots

Cast

LL Cool JRay Bud Slocumb
Jada Pinkett SmithCharisse Slocumb
Vivica A. FoxLucille Slocumb
Loretta DevineMarguerite Slocumb
Anthony AndersonJunior Slocumb
Toni BraxtonJuanita Slocumb
Cedric the EntertainerRev. Beverly H. Hooker
Darius McCraryRoyce Slocumb
Whoopi GoldbergRaynelle Slocumb
Richard GantClyde Kincade
Masasa MoyoDelightful Slocumb
Clifton DavisCharles Winslow
Kellita SmithBernice Talbert
Aloma WrightVeda
Tamala JonesNadine
Ellen CleghorneLady #1

  • Genre: Family Movies
  • Director: Doug McHenry
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 94 mins
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 11, 2001
  • Ratings
    EuropePG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 13, 2004
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