Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

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Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
Roscoe jenkins.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee
Produced by Scott Stuber
Mary Parent
Charles Castaldi
Written by Malcolm D. Lee
Starring Martin Lawrence
Margaret Avery
Joy Bryant
Louis C.K.
Michael Clarke Duncan
Mike Epps
Mo'Nique Hicks
Nicole Ari Parker
Cedric the Entertainer
James Earl Jones
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Greg Gardiner
Editing by George Bowers
Paul Millspaugh
Studio Runteldat Entertainment
Spyglass Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates February 8, 2008
Running time 114 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million
Box office $43,650,785

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins is a 2008 American comedy film written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film features an ensemble cast featuring: Martin Lawrence, Michael Clarke Duncan, Mike Epps, Mo'Nique, Cedric the Entertainer, Louis CK and James Earl Jones.

Plot[edit]

Dr. R.J. (Roscoe) Stevens (Martin Lawrence) is a talk-show sensation who has discarded his simple Southern awkward-boy past and the awkward boy he used to be to dispense motivational advice to millions of adoring fans. With reality TV series Survivor winner Bianca Kittles (Joy Bryant) on his arm and enough cash in his pocket to easily afford expensive gifts for his parents, he feels like there's nothing he hasn't achieved.

When his parents request that he come home for their 50th wedding anniversary, R.J. packs up his 10-year-old son Jamaal (Damani Roberts) and his fiancée Bianca and heads back to his sleepy Southern hometown. Ready to impress his down-home kin with how much he’s changed, R.J. will prove he’s no longer the walking disaster they used to pick on. When they arrive in Georgia, he is first greeted by his cousin Reggie, who asks him for $300 to buy ice for the family barbecue. At the family home, Roscoe is greeted by his parents, Roscoe Sr. (James Earl Jones) and Mama Jenkins (Margaret Avery); his brother Otis (Michael Clarke Duncan), the town sheriff; Otis' wife Ruthie (Liz Mikel) and their overgrown kids Junior (Brandin Jenkins) and Callie (Krystal Marea Braud); and Roscoe's loud, rowdy sister Betty (Mo'Nique). Before long, Roscoe's cousin Clyde (Cedric the Entertainer) drops in, bringing the old spark of competition-with Roscoe. He is also escorting Lucinda, a past love interest of Roscoe's.

During the visit, Roscoe endures much self-humiliation, such as getting sprayed by a skunk while sleeping. It becomes obvious that he still holds a grudge against his father for how he treated him when he was younger, such as showing such preference for Clyde that he wouldn't even fully discipline him. Roscoe Sr. resents his son for changing his name and distancing himself from his family. Meanwhile, Bianca doesn't fit in well with the family, and Roscoe and Lucinda get reacquainted.

On the day of the Jenkins' anniversary, the whole family gathers for the traditional Jenkins-family obstacle course. Roscoe is determined to defeat Clyde, and the two become even more competitive. While climbing over a wall with ropes, Roscoe begins to help his son over, but Bianca tells him to leave him, and he does, to his parents' shock. Roscoe and Clyde race to the finish line, and Roscoe wins. Bianca cheers for him, but the family is angry about his actions during the obstacle course. Jamaal refuses to go near his father, and Roscoe Sr. chastises his son. Unable to contain his resentment, Roscoe lashes out at his father, saying that although Clyde's father died, he Roscoe felt he lost his father because he favored Clyde over him, and he chastises him for always crediting Clyde for things he's done while never acknowledging any of his successes or accomplishments. Stunned and distraught by this admission, Roscoe Sr. walks away, feelings hurt. Clyde walks up to Roscoe and says he would never have tried to take his place. He tries to shake Roscoe's hand to make amends, but Bianca tells him to back off, and Roscoe decides he, Bianca, and Jamaal should start for home. Before he leaves, his mother reminds him that his family still loves him. As they drive to the airport, Bianca proposes not inviting the family to their wedding. Roscoe seems to agree, which upsets Jamaal--despite Bianca wanting him to get on board the "Team of Me," he proudly declares himself a Jenkins. Bianca continues to say mean things about the Jenkins clan and Roscoe pretends to agree with her, but at the airport he thanks her for finally letting him see her true colors, and then he dumps her. Angrily, feeling humiliated by Roscoe and Jamaal, she gets out of the car. As they pull away from the airport, he pulls the rope holding her bags on top of the car, dumping them into the airport driveway. Roscoe and Jamaal head back to the family home, keeping Bianca's pet Pomeranian, who had turned against Bianca and joined the Jenkins clan.

During the anniversary celebration, Clyde cries during his speech for Mama and Papa Jenkins, admitting that he cared a lot about Roscoe. Roscoe suddenly appears, apologizes to his family, and congratulates his parents. He and his father make amends, then Roscoe asks Lucinda to dance. After the celebration, the family watches it on a hi-def television while Roscoe and Lucinda make love--but find a nasty surprise. During the credits, Roscoe is seen interviewing his family on his show, renamed The Roscoe Jenkins Show.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The movie was filmed in Shreveport, Louisiana, near Bossier City, Louisiana.

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend at the North American box office, the film grossed $16.2 million USD, opening at #2 behind Fool's Gold.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received largely negative reception from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 24% based on 78 reviews.[1] Metacritic gives the film an average score of 48%, based on 22 reviews.[2]

Home release[edit]

The film was released on DVD June 17, 2008 and in the UK May 30, 2008.[3]

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