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Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (Widescreen)

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Martin Lawrence leads an all-star cast, including Cedric the Entertainer, Mo'Nique, and Mike Epps, in the hit comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. When a celebrated TV show host (Lawrence) returns to his hometown in the South, his family is there to remind him that going home is no vacation! It's one outrageous predicament after another when big-city attitude and small-town values collide in this hysterical comedy critics are praising for its "over-the-top hilarity!" (Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel)

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While its story might sound terribly interesting, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins is largely a vehicle for gross-out sight gags and grotesque performances by performers who, in many cases, don't need to do such things. Martin Lawrence stars as R.J. Stevens, a successful, Jerry Springer-like, television talk show host who sets aside his perfect life with a sweet son (Damani Roberts) and celebrity girlfriend (Joy Bryant) to attend his parents' golden wedding anniversary back home in Georgia. From the moment he arrives, all the reasons R.J. left to reinvent himself on the West Coast become clear. His siblings and cousins (Mike Epps, Mo'Nique, Michael Clarke Duncan, Cedric the Entertainer) quickly put him in his place, reminding him that his name is actually Roscoe Jenkins. His sweet mother (Margaret Avery) watches impassively while R.J.'s dad (James Earl Jones) strikes one disapproving note after another. R.J. would be content to wait out the anniversary events and go home, but the arrival of a woman (Nicole Ari Parker) he loved but couldn't keep during his adolescence changes everything, bringing out the competitive survivor within. Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Undercover Brother), Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins promises rich comedy and dramatic flavorings, as well as a bunch of delightful actors doing what only they can do best. But Lee subverts the project for cheap and easy laughs, using his best material to do little else than bridge scenes of bad slapstick, bestial perversity, clownish sex and irritating, motormouth rants from the likes of Mo'Nique and Epps. This a hard movie to sit through at 114 minutes, one of those what-were-they-thinking-when-they-made-this films. --Tom Keogh


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Special Features

  • Alternate Opening
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Bringing the Family Together
  • On Location: Getting Down and Dirty
  • Going Home: Real Stories of the Cast
  • Joe "We're Family" Music Video
  • Feature Commentary with Director Malcolm D. Lee

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones, Margaret Avery, Nicole Ari Parker, Mike Epps
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
    • Dubbed: French
    • 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
      Parents Strongly Cautioned
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
    • Run Time: 114 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00177YFYM
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (Widescreen)" on IMDb

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    I love pretty much anything that Mo'nique is in and anything Martin is in. To see them here together was a real treat. This movie is fun and enjoyable and sure it's corny and silly in some parts, but you can't take it too seriously. The cast is great (Nicole Ari Parker, James Earl Jones, Cedric the Entertainer, Joy Bryant etc) and the story fun.
    Roscoe has moved across the country to get away from his family and is a talk show host out in LA. He goes back home to visit when it's his parents' 50th anniversary. It's there that we see exactly how zany his family really are and why he left in the first place. It's hilarious and yet we do also see him accept his family as they are too.
    It's not Oscar material for sure, but it's a great movie for light entertainment with a terrific cast that will surely make you laugh. It's enjoyable and I really liked this one.
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    This comedy is loaded with a star studded cast including Martin Lawrence,James Earl Jones,Mike Epps,Michael Clark Duncan,Mo'nique,Cedric the Entertainer among many others. This movie is loaded with laughs,as Martin Lawrence goes home for a family reunion to see his relatives & he brings his fiancee along with his son. He soon realizes that family is more important than fame,also he is reunited with his old flame girlfriend. There is nothing but pure comedy here along with some underlying family issues. The film is a perfect feel good comedy for anyone to enjoy,it may be slightly inappropriate for young children(depending on level of maturity) because of decent amounts of sexual inuendo. All in all it is a great family friendly comedy i guarantee you will enjoy if you are looking for laughs.
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    Well I love comedy, especially those that ring some truth in them. This is basically a story of Roscoe (Martin Lawrence) who has a hit TV talk show (like Jerry Springer) and he is dating a pretty, but uppity women that just won a season of survivor! How classic, the movie plays several very funny jokes of the survivor show that is worth the price alone. ( Note, I think all reality TV is horrible and should be made fun of so there you go). Well Roscoe hasn't been home in a while (down south) and its time for the family reunion! So he packs up his survivor girl and his son and heads down south from LA. HIs family consists of Cedric the Entertainer (funny), the popular stand up comedian Mike Epps (who is dating a white girl), and the late, great Michael Clarke Duncan, who is his brother and the sheriff. Also to shake things way up is Mo'nique who visits the local jail on conjugal visits and the jokes that this inspires are priceless. Watch it! If you like comedy of color that is true to life.
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    RJ Stevens (Martin Lawrence) is the host of an irreverent and raunchy talk show in the sun-soaked state of California, and is engaged to "Survivor" contestant Bianca Kittles (Joy Bryant). One day, he recieves a phone call from his old parents (Margaret Avery, James Earl Jones), who ask him to come over for their 50th wedding anniversary. With them and his son Jamaal (Damani Roberts) goading him to go, he takes his clan to the Deep South, where old wounds are open, and a crush from the past (Nicole Ari Parker) returns to make RJ question if his glamorous life defines who he is.

    I think "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins" can be compared to Amanda Bynes films: they're really good, but they'll probably appeal to certain audiences and turn off the rest. It's also Martin Lawrence still looking for that "Get Out of Jail" card to apologize for the recent crap he shoved in our faces since the disastrous "Big Momma's House 2". And Malcolm D. Lee, brother of Spike Lee and the birth parent of the blaxploitation spoof/homage "Undercover Brother", is behind the lens. For me, I find the film to be immensely entertaining in a year that began with a couple of crappy films (J-horror films) and underwhelmingly overlooked gems (the new Rambo). And I can always live with that.

    The film has been compared to the works of Tyler Perry, someone who makes the most headache-inducing films that African-Americans don't deserve, but see anyway.
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    Stupid funny movie... literally. The premise is a simple one that's been done before, local guy makes good in the big city, and returns home for the family reunion to help celebrate his parents golden anniversary. The difference being the Martin Lawrence touch of ad lib humor is what makes this movie a stand out... in fact, you can expect to see equally funny contributions from Cedric the Entertainer, and a particularly hilarious shower scene between Mike Epps, and MoNique.
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    To say awesome would be understating how great a comedy this is.It was so good my wife and I wanted to see it again the same day. Can't wait for it to come out on DVD. This movie should be included in everybody's movie collection, It's that good.
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