Kingdom Come (2001 film)

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Kingdom Come
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Doug McHenry
Produced by Edward Bates
John Morrissey
Written by David Dean Bottrell
Jessie Jones
Starring LL Cool J
Jada Pinkett Smith
Vivica A. Fox
Anthony Anderson
Toni Braxton
Loretta Devine
Whoopi Goldberg
Music by Tyler Bates
John E. Rhone
Cinematography Francis Kenny
Edited by Richard Halsey
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • April 11, 2001 (2001-04-11)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7 million
Box office $23,396,049

Kingdom Come is a 2001 comedy-drama film, written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, and directed by Doug McHenry. This film stars LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Anthony Anderson and Whoopi Goldberg.

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Kingdom Come is a story of a family called the Slocumbs, living out in the country, who must come together after the death of a family member, whom no one seems to remember with much fondness. It is based on the Off-Broadway play Dearly Departed.

First, there's Woodrow "Bud" Slocumb, the man in question, whose wife, Raynelle (Whoopi Goldberg), is pretty nonchalant about his death from a stroke. Then, there's Ray Bud (LL Cool J), a recovering alcoholic who has a problem with seeing his father dead because of their rocky relationship; his wife, Lucille (Vivica A. Fox), is a loving, devoted housewife who goes out of her way to make sure that everyone has everything they need, but can't have the one thing she wants out of life: a child. Next, Junior (Anthony Anderson) has blown all of his money on a failed invention, and his loud-mouthed wife, Charisse (Jada Pinkett Smith), is no help; she hits the roof after his infidelity and reminds him often that she could have been married to his rich lawyer cousin, who, it is later revealed, left his own wife Juanita (Toni Braxton). Then, there's Marguerite (Loretta Devine), a pious, overbearing mom who usually calls her son, Royce (Darius McCrary), a "Demon Seed"; she fears that he will end up in jail like his brother, and the latter is an unemployed worker who is irritated by his mother's unsolicited and shrill advice on how to live his life.

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The film begin with the a radio morning announcement by Rev. Beverly H. Hooker (Cedric the Entertainer). Raynelle receives and reads her sister Marguerite's letter (much to Bud's annoyance), which says that she was expecting Bud to attend Sunday service, but assumed that he decided to watch wrestling again like he'd always did, but wonders that there was going to be television in hell. She had also heard about Junior's and Charisse's business going bad, and wonders that would he ever learn. She thinks that both her nephew and her own son could learn from Buster Kincaid's child, Tiny. She had him over the weekend, and he did some chores around the house; as a reward, she gave him three dollars for his birthday the following week instead of the actual two dollars. Moreover, she says that she has decided to come over to visit after church; she believes that one of them needs to get things right with the Lord, and she is the woman for the job. She decides that they are going to spend of whole day in prayer, discussing scripture, and singing hymns until they wear her down, like it says in one scripture, "One day is with the Lord as a thousand years." After Raynelle finishes reading, Bud, who both agrees and disagrees with some things said in the letter, collapses and dies, with the former noticing.

Later, Royce is awaken by a loud ring of his phone. The one calling is his mother, who starts singing too pitchy, getting him annoyed that he hangs up. After he answers again, he calls her off for waking him up, in which she replies that she says that he's taking the Lord's name in vain. Royce talks harshly to his mother, but she talks back and asks why he is still in his bed. She tells him that it's 7:00 in the morning and why he isn't up looking for a job, but he replies that it's not that at all. She assumes that he has a love hangover and begins accusing him of laying with a harlot, in which she starts slapping her phone to get back at him. He tells her to stop that and asks what does she want. She though that he want to know that his uncle Bud has passed this morning. He seems to be compassionate, saying that he is sorry to hear that and asking how his aunt Raynelle was doing. She replies that his aunt is not doing well, as his uncle dropped dead at a breakfast table in the middle of her letter. He then pretends to be sympathetic about the cause of his uncle's death. She says that they are going to their house and giving them comfort and some Christian counsel.

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Performed by Kirk Franklin and Jill Scott Produced by Kirk Franklin for Fo Yo Soul Productions/B-Rite Music Kirk Franklin appears courtesy of GospoCentric Records Jill Scott appears courtesy of Hidden Beach Recordings

Performed by Loretta Devine

  • "It's Alright" - Written by Kirk Franklin

Performed by Trin-i-tee 5:7 Produced by Kirk Franklin for Fo Yo Soul Productions/B-Rite Music Trin-i-tee 5:7 appears courtesy of B-Rite Music

  • "Someday" - Written by Kirk Franklin

Performed by Crystal Lewis Produced by Kirk Franklin for Fo Yo Soul Productions/B-Rite Music Crystal Lewis appears courtesy of Metro One Records

  • "Help Lord (Won't You Come)" - Written by Stanley Burrell, Ontario Haynes, Maurice Stewart and John Rhone

Performed by M.C. Hammer Courtesy of Giant Records By Arrangement with Warner Special Products Produced by The Whole 9

Performed by Bobby Jones and the Nashville Super Choir Courtesy of GospoCentric Records

  • "Every Woman" - Written by Kirk Franklin

Performed by Az Yet Produced by Kirk Franklin for Fo Yo Soul Productions/B-Rite Music

  • "Stand" - Written by Kirk Franklin

Performed by Shawn Stockman Produced by Kirk Franklin for Fo Yo Soul Productions/B-Rite Music Shawn Stockman appears courtesy of Universal Records

  • "God's Got It All In Control" - Written by Kurt Carr

Performed by Kurt Carr and friends featuring Tamela Mann from The Family Produced by Kurt Carr for Kurt Carr Productions/GospoCentric Records Kurt Carr, Yvette Williams and Tamela Mann appear courtesy of GospoCentric Records

  • "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" - Traditional
  • "Thy Will Be Done" - Written by Kirk Franklin

Performed by Deborah Cox Produced by Kirk Franklin for Fo Yo Soul Productions/B-Rite Music Deborah Cox appears courtesy of J Records LLC

  • "Daddy's Song" - Written by Kirk Franklin

Performed by Carl Thomas, Natalie Wilson and SOP Produced by Kirk Franklin for Fo Yo Soul Productions/B-Rite Music Carl Thomas appears courtesy of Bad Boy Records Natalie Wilson and SOP appear courtesy of GospoCentric Records

  • "Try Me" - Written by Kirk Franklin

Performed by the cast with Ashley Guilbert, Shanika Leeks and Candy West

  • "Try Me" - Written by Kirk Franklin

Performed by Tamar Braxton and One Nation Crew Produced by Kirk Franklin for Fo Yo Soul Productions/B-Rite Music Tamar Braxton appears courtesy of DreamWorks Records One Nation Crew appears courtesy of B-Rite Music

  • "Thank You" - Written by Kirk Franklin

Performed by Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary Produced by Kirk Franklin for Fo Yo Soul Productions/B-Rite Music Mary Mary appears courtesy of Columbia Records Kirk Franklin appears courtesy of GospoCentric Records

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