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  • Actors: Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis, Terri J. Vaughn, Maurice Jamal
  • Directors: Maurice Jamal
  • Writers: Maurice Jamal
  • Producers: Adrienne Lopez, Andre Robert Lee, Crystal McCrary Anthony, Elliot Dal Pra London, Gabrielle Glore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDMPB0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dirty Laundry" on IMDb

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A modern-day prodigal son story with a twist. Patrick, a magazine writer, seems to have the "perfect life," until one day, there is a knock at the door. On the other side stands a secret that brings him face-to-face with the traditional southern family he hasn't seen in over 10 years.

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When Sheldon (Rockmond Dunbar, Soul Food) comes back to the small Georgia town he left ten years before, he discovers he has a son--and a whole lot of unresolved family secrets. Dirty Laundry follows Sheldon as he struggles to sort out his relationship with his domineering mother (Loretta Devine, Kingdom Come), his jealous brother (Maurice Jamal, who also wrote and directed), his snooty aunt (Jenifer Lewis, The Cookout), and his naive lover Ryan (newcomer Joey Costello), who follows Sheldon from New York. Dirty Laundry plays like a remake of Sordid Lives as it might be directed by Tyler Perry. Southern caricatures abound, everyone's feuding with everyone else, gossip and good Christian values go hand in hand, and every church service features a dancing gospel choir. The characters are enjoyable and individual scenes play well, though the overall plot doesn't amount to much. Devine storms through the movie like a force of nature, Lewis musters her highest dudgeon, and Dunbar manages to be prickly but genial at the same time, which is no simple trick. A warm, friendly, dysfunctional family romp. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

I watched this movie and loved it!
LaShonda Bates
If you like to laugh and just "kick-back" while watching a realloy good movie, this is the one!
J. Jones
On the whole, it is a great film with wonderful characters, a good story, and some good belly laughs.
Michael L. Wiersma

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ed Uyeshima HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 9, 2007
Format: DVD
I got the chance to see a rough cut of writer/director/actor Maurice Jamal's film last year during the 2006 San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. As an openly gay black man, he lends a particularly unique and contemporary perspective on the Prodigal Son parable with this tale of a class-conscious New York-based magazine writer whose discovery of a ten-year old son leads him back to the family he left behind years ago in his hometown of Paris, Georgia. Those who have seen Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown or Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy will recognize the fish-out-of-water comedy that dominates the movie's first half. However, the movie gradually congeals into a more resonant drama of acceptance and forgiveness.

Despite his bare-bones production budget and a sometimes too facile approach to easy laughs, Jamal has a keen eye for his Deep South setting and especially his characters that manage to sidestep stereotypical treatment. What I particularly like about the family interactions is how Jamal chooses to emphasize the son's elitism that has alienated the family, not as much his sexual orientation. Rockmond Dunbar brings a sympathetic core to the uptight son, Patrick in his current life but Sheldon to his family. However, it's Loretta Devine who shines as his mother Evelyn, a hardened, alcoholic washerwoman who holds her own secrets and rails against her son with fervor. She seizes a great moment as she delivers a near-soliloquy at the dinner table near the end.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom O'Leary on February 28, 2008
Format: DVD
Jennifer Lewis & Loretta Devine---what more could a moviegoer ask for? These two stellar talents wring more humor and pathos out of a line of dialogue than Laurence Olivier in his prime.

This movie is not the greatest story ever told. And it won't be taking home a busload of Oscars. But there are moments of real truth and poignance and compassion here. And the acting---though over the top---is an absolute delight. Rockmond Dunbar is sexy and subtle and moving. The entire cast deserve a huge Bravo.

But the movie belongs to Jennifer Lewis and Loretta Devine. They should be charged with grand larceny, because they steal every scene.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linus Oakerie on April 7, 2009
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This is a very funny movie that gets even funnier as it progresses!! Hold onto your sides, as you'll be laughing non-stop!!! Sports an elite all-star cast.

Magazine writer Patrick Sheldon (Rockmond Dumbar) who is gay, is a very successful businessman, lives in the Big Apple, has a very high-paying job, a luxurious penthouse-style apt and a very caring and loving boyfriend, just couln't ask for anything more or less.

That is until one evening during a party, a little boy named Gabriel (played by Aaron Grady Shaw from the HBO series In Treatment) shows up uannounced, knocks on his door, introduses himself and then tells Patrick that he's his son. The rug is snatched out from under him.

In an effort to get to the root of this surprise visit by Gabriel, Patrick
then takes the boy back with him back to his hometown of Paris, Georgia where he tries to unravel the mystery to find out just how he happens to suddenly have a child. Once there, he finds out that two worlds seem to collide with each other, as one shocking revelation after another is revealed!

Patrick who is often refered to as his birth name of Sheldon, he steadfastly and sternly demands to be called Patrick, visits and stays with his mom (Loretta Devine) while trying to find out just how Gabriel is his child. It appears that 10 years ago according to his mom (that's how long Patrick was in New York), Patrick had an affair with a promiscuous overweight girl, Christine, who is now deceased and that's how Gabriel came into existence.

While there, his partner / boyfriend Ryan (played by newcomer Joey Costello) happens to show up from New York unannounced (Baby, what's going on here?).(Mom: Baby?!! Baby?!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sibun7 on September 11, 2010
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This could have been a great movie. You know, if not for the over acting by Loretta and Jennifer. If not for the very predictable story line. If not for the gay couple so in love that they never even kiss! This could have been a great movie, but instead it is just an okay movie, still worth having in your library.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Wiersma on February 28, 2008
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Director Maruice Jamal has managed a quantuum leap from his previous film, the Ski Trip, which was barely passable. This film is interesting, insightful, funny, and reveals itself skillfully during the course of the film so that it keeps you guessing, just a little. On the whole, it is a great film with wonderful characters, a good story, and some good belly laughs.

That said, there are some unnecessary story lines and unnecessary characters that don't significantly add to the story, and I winced a few times the second time I watched it, wishing a few things were trimmed. "Laundry" is also a bit of a "talky" film, where everybody talks a lot, mostly without listening, but I suppose that's probably what most families do.

The characters are well fleshed-out, likeable, and the actors seem to relish their roles, played to the max. The music is fun, too.

This is a film that is worth seeing and thinking about. It's enjoyable, has good messages, generally, and is well-crafted overall. Recommended.
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