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Dirty Laundry

Rockmond Dunbar  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rockmond Dunbar
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QB5SHC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Lewis & Loretta Devine----Lord, Give Me More! February 28, 2008
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
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Over Done! September 11, 2010
By Sibun7
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Laundry August 22, 2011
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I was given this movie as a gift and was quite surprised by it. Very Funny at times and also has messages about family love and forgiveness. I was also surprised by some of the hateful reviews here by some calling themselves Christians. Well they might find out on judgement day their hatred and judgement is more a sin than homosexuality is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise July 20, 2011
"Dirty laundry" tells a story of a gay who finds out that he became a father many years ago. His life turns upside down the moment his never-seen-son knocks at his door...
Among so many bad and boring gay-theme films, "Dirty..." stands out as a bright and light comedy. The plot is quite original, acting is very good (check mother and the kid - great roles!).
I am looking forward to buy the european dvd release.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD DOWN HOME FAMILY MOVIE
Published 21 days ago by S. Brannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice.
I enjoyed this movie, but felt quite a few parts portrayed a certain stereotype of gay people that isn't necessarily true for most. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Ronald W Coleman Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I enjoy ordering items that can and will be a blessing to others. I am for sure that every person will enjoy a small gift of appreication.
Published 2 months ago by Tracie Denice Little
3.0 out of 5 stars So So
This movie was alright..wasn't what I expected. The beginning threw me for a minute cause it had me kinda confused
Published 4 months ago by Tmeadows
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie was great.
But the quality in which it played is a different story. It has some mild defects. It would play and pause for a few second, then resume.
It did it 3 times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by linda anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
I thought this movie was quite hilarious and funny. My mom even enjoyed watching it! A must see movie to watch!
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Dee
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Family Dramedy
Reminds me soooo much if my own family, especially the messy Aunt Lettice played by the fabulous Jenifer Lewis. Loretta Devine is excellent yet again.
Published 9 months ago by Derrick Dease
5.0 out of 5 stars TOO FUNNY
Published 11 months ago by ATL2FL
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Laundry
I laughed a lot, that's good for the soul. I enjoyed this movie, I recommend it to everyone that wants to laugh a lot.
Published 11 months ago by Carolyn Garland
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's share some 'dirty laundry'
Great movie with a brillant cast. It is funny and full of pathos. I will be ordering a couple more dvds of dirty laundry and share it among friends.
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