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First Sunday (2008)

  • Rate: 3.7/10 total 5,625 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 11 January 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:96 min
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  • IMDb page: First Sunday (2008)
  • Rate: 3.7/10 total 5,625 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 11 January 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:96 min
  • Filming Location: First Hope Community Church – E. Preston Street & Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Gross: $37,931,869(USA)(24 February 2008)
  • Director: David E. Talbert
  • Stars: Ice Cube, Katt Williams and Tracy Morgan
  • Original Music By: Stanley Clarke   
  • Soundtrack: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Church | Money | African American Comedy | Black Comedy | Beautiful Woman

Writing Credits By:

  • David E. Talbert (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Film prints were delivered to theaters under the codename “Bad to Worse”.

Goofs: Continuity: In the first church scene, when the choir finishes singing the spiritual, there is a wide shot of the church congregation. Most of the congregation located within the middle pews can be clearly seen giving a standing ovation. There is a cutaway to Durell and LeeJohn in which most of the congregation located within the middle pews are sitting or beginning to sit. After the cutaway the scene returns to same wide shot of the congregation. Most of the congregation located within the middle pews are still standing and only now are beginning to sit.

Plot: Durell and LeeJohn are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When told they have one week to pay a $17,000 debt or Durell will lose his son, they come up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. Instead, they end up spending the night in the presence of the Lord and are forced to deal with much more than they bargained for. Full summary » |  »

Story: Durell Washington and LeeJohn Jackson are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When Durell learns that his ex-girlfriend plans to move to another state with their son Durell Jr.–unless they can get her $17,000 to pay off a debt– and so Durell and LeeJohn ultimately comes up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. But when the duo fumbles their way through the break-in, they discover someone has beaten them to the punch. In order to get their hands on the money, Durell and LeeJohn are forced to spend the night in the presence of the Lord and his followers–and end up getting a lot more than they bargained for.Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Matt Alvarez known as producer
  • Stacy Cramer known as executive producer (as Stacy Kolker Cramer)
  • Ice Cube known as producer
  • Trae Ireland known as co-producer
  • Neil A. Machlis known as executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
  • Jessica McCullagh known as associate producer
  • David McIlvain known as producer
  • Ronald G. Muhammad known as executive producer (as Ronald Muhammad)
  • Tim Story known as producer
  • David E. Talbert known as producer
  • Julie Yorn known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ice Cube known as Durell
  • Katt Williams known as Rickey
  • Tracy Morgan known as LeeJohn
  • Loretta Devine known as Sister Doris
  • Michael Beach known as Deacon
  • Keith David known as Judge B. Bennet Galloway
  • Regina Hall known as Omunique
  • Malinda Williams known as Tianna
  • Chi McBride known as Pastor Arthur Mitchell
  • Clifton Powell known as Officer Eddie King
  • Nicholas Turturro known as Officer D'Agostino
  • Olivia Cole known as Momma T
  • Red Grant known as Harold
  • C.J. Sanders known as Durell Jr.
  • Rickey Smiley known as Bernice Jenkins
  • Arjay Smith known as Preston
  • Kim Staunton known as Public Defender
  • Sterling Ardrey known as Timmy (as Sterling D. Ardrey)
  • Gerry Black known as Mr. Wally
  • Joy Brunson known as Choir Member 2
  • P.J. Byrne known as Assistant D.A.
  • Paul Campbell known as Blahka
  • Melanie Comarcho known as Waitress
  • Bashirrah Creswell known as Choir Member 3
  • Antwone Dickey known as Pirate
  • Starletta DuPois known as Grandmother
  • Roy Jackson known as Boyfriend
  • Patricia Mikel known as Sister Baker
  • Byron Blu Mitchell known as Choir Member 1
  • Aya Nagasaki known as Massage Attendant
  • Reynaldo Rey known as Soul Joe
  • Martell Robinson known as Mordecai
  • Tiffany Pollard known as Omunique's Client
  • Retta known as Roberta
  • Kurt Carr known as Choir Band
  • Nathaniel Kearney Jr. known as Choir Band
  • Timothy P. Mason known as Choir Band
  • Sheryl Harper known as Choir Band
  • Vernon Keith Allen known as Choir
  • Jackie Brown known as Choir
  • Troy Clark known as Choir
  • David Daughtry known as Choir
  • Kesha Ealy known as Choir
  • Janet Fuller known as Choir
  • Chara Hammonds known as Choir
  • Melody Hess known as Choir
  • Frank Ingram known as Choir
  • Patricia Johnson known as Choir
  • Carolyn Johnson-White known as Choir
  • Helen Jones known as Choir
  • Shanika Leeks known as Choir
  • Rodney Matthews known as Choir
  • Margarette Miller known as Choir
  • James Neuble known as Choir
  • Aseneth Parker known as Choir
  • Nicoe Potts known as Choir
  • Kecia Sanders known as Choir
  • Koda Turner known as Choir
  • Andre Washington known as Choir
  • Rodney Washington known as Choir
  • Otha White known as Choir
  • Rachel Whitlow known as Choir
  • Linda Willis known as Choir
  • Brandon Winbush known as Choir
  • Don Abernathy known as Church Member (uncredited)
  • Kristin J. Hooper known as Hot Girl (uncredited)
  • Diondre Jones known as Restaurant customer (uncredited)
  • Sydelle Noel known as Hot Girl #2 (uncredited)
  • Steve Turner known as Homeless Drunk (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Tena Austin known as makeup artist: second unit
  • John H. Bivins III known as barber
  • Martha Callender known as makeup artist
  • Debra Denson known as makeup artist: Ice Cube
  • Jason Green known as hair stylist
  • Andrea Jackson known as hair stylist: second unit
  • Jasmine Kimble known as hair department head
  • Bret Mayo known as hair stylist
  • Cole Paterson known as makeup artist
  • Cole Patterson known as makeup artist
  • Beverly Jo Pryor known as makeup department head
  • Judy Twine known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • William Eliscu known as graphic designer
  • Susan Frontiera known as construction estimator
  • Stephen Gibson known as assistant property master
  • L. David Gordon known as drapery foreman
  • Eric A. Hulett known as set dec buyer
  • Vinson Jae known as stand-by painter
  • Jeffrey Paul Johnson known as property master (as Jeff Johnson)
  • Scott Kitchen known as propmaker
  • Robert Kropfl known as location foreman
  • Tim Lehman known as location painter
  • Michael C. Magno known as set dresser
  • Desma Murphy known as assistant art director
  • Trevor Rudolph known as set dresser
  • Tomas Sallvin known as construction coordinator
  • John Sweeney known as assistant property master
  • Viva Wang known as set designer
  • Randy Molique known as on-set dresser (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Screen Gems (presents)
  • Cube Vision
  • Story Company, The (as Story Company)
  • Firm Films

Other Companies:

  • Executive Assurance  security
  • Liquid Soul Media  marketing and promotion
  • All Balloons All The Time  balloon decor
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers
  • Movie Movers  hair and make-up trailers
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cellular fax rentals
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  opticals
  • V & J Translations  Japanese signage translations

Distributors:

  • Screen Gems (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • LK-TEL (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL7)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Argentina) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Zoic Studios (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Sean Amlaner known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios
  • Sean Coonce known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Andreas Jablonka known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor
  • Bethany Pederson Onstad known as digital artist (as Bethany Pederson)
  • Dawrath Phoue known as rotoscope artist: Zoic Studios
  • R. Matt Smith known as digital compositor
  • Sean Tompkins known as visual effects coordinator

Release Date:

  • USA 11 January 2008
  • UK 28 March 2008
  • Kuwait 10 April 2008
  • Argentina 20 May 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Greece 26 May 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 17 June 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 9 July 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Russia 10 July 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 15 July 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 19 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 22 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 4 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 24 August 2010 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual humor, and brief drug references

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. Zygrot24 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:13 pm

    What can I say? I didn't expect much walking in. Can you blame me? Didyou see the trailer? You know a comedic trailer is unfunny when thefunniest thing in it is the studio logo at the beginning and thatwasn't funny. This debacle stars "multi-talented" act-rapper Ice Cubewhose career started melting after Barbershop 2. Ice Cube doesn't eventry to be funny nor does he have anything funny to do or say. Why isthis guy even in comedies or movies for that matter? The comedyrevolution of a plot consists of two losers trying to get rich quick.That is what the plot boils down to. Ice Cube's character wants toprove to his son that he is not a loser and Tracy Morgan's characterwants to prove to the audience that he belongs in this movie. Neitherof them are believable. The writer/director *Insert blackwriter/director's name here* tries to add dramatic elements to ahumorless comedy script and fails just as much as he was trying to addjokes.

    There is something in this movie about the 2 main characters trying torob a church and realizing that the money in the church is alreadystolen, but I was too distracted by the idea that someone actuallygreen lighted this script. First off, is it even an interesting idea torob a church? I guess the writer figured that banks stopped carryingmoney. Secondly, who the hell thinks Katt Williams's one liners in thisfilm were funny? The director kept cutting to him as if he said themost uproarious thing since Stephen Hawking yodeled Green Eggs and Ham.You know a comedy is bad when they go to one character for comicrelief…IN A COMEDY!!! This movie tries way too hard to have manysentimental and redeeming moments wishing for you to stand up andcheer. But such "redeeming" moments as Ice Cube hugging his movieoffspring and Tracy Morgan feeling as he belongs in society felt as ifthey were added as a last minute script revision because the comedywasn't working. The hilarity of this movie consists of Tracy Morgangetting a massage from a badly dubbed transvestite. It also includes"pimped out" wheelchairs because a wheelchair with hot chrome rimsequals comedy gold. By the way, those wheelchairs are mentioned moretimes in this movie than Jesus Christ in the Bible.

    First (and hopefully the last) Sunday isn't the worst movie ever made.It's not as awful as other urban comedies like Who's Your Caddy? oranything with Mike Epps. First Sunday is by far no Epic Movie (which isdefinitely a 0 out of 500) but it is clearly a waste of time. Not onlyfor the audience but for the people involved in making it. It addsnothing new and it insults the audience's intelligence many times. Iwas going to list a bunch of movies that are funnier than First Sundaybut after listing Schindler's List, Citizen Kane, and March of thePenguins I got tired. So in conclusion, save your time, save your life,and most importantly save your money. If you save your money that willmost likely prevent a Second Sunday.

  2. Dragoneyed363 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:13 pm

    Let me start off with the downsides of this movie. There was a lot ofunbelievable material, and it got so out of hand at times that I reallycouldn't enjoy it for how ridiculous it was being. Some of the actingwas poor, and I felt the actors and actresses really didn't care howthey portrayed their characters, except maybe a few, and therefore theyended up being unlikable and ultimately forgettable. Most of the funnymaterial wasn't funny at all, and I got super tired super fast with allof the lame jokes and mundane, black comedy antics. Not to mention itwas predictable to the point where I wasn't enjoying any surprises.

    Now, the actual upsides. I did laugh a few times, and it was becausethe material was actually humorous. No, it wasn't hysterically rollingon the floor laughing, but it got smiles and chuckles nonetheless. Itmanaged to keep me entertained, and I was actually sucked into thestory plot a little. I became interested because even though most everyattribute about this film is average or poor, the plot truthfullyseemed endearing to me, for some odd reason, and overall, while themovie is mediocre, and I certainly wouldn't watch it again, it's notterrible. I wouldn't recommend it, but you don't have to completelyavoid it, per say. It was nothing special, but if you feel likewatching it, be my guest.

  3. janyeap from Washington, DC
    30 Mar 2012, 7:13 pm

    With scenes pumping off like in a TV show, this film exposes an urbancommunity with an appeal that's worst off than the dirty red-lightdistricts in some cities. The film blares with loud music that seemingcompetes with noise from the loud-mouthed characters. TheWriter/Director brings out a Baltimore community, inhabited by eitherdysfunctional characters or low-based folks – gangsters, masseurs,street alcoholics, homeless folks, macho men who can't resist glaringat female bottoms, and those who fill their time in an overheatedchurch where the choir director maneuvers around like a court jesterand any one dressed like a manicured, fruity dude could be troublesome!Even the court room has the appeal of a noisy street market! Hhhmh,what a pathetic way to portray a community… especially when it's soabsurd to see Ice Cube's Durell – a man obviously with brains andtalent – so easily becoming enticed to crime by his dysfunctional pal,LeeJohn, or having nothing better to do than be obsessed by a female'swriggling rear end.

    Boy, aren't we getting rather bored with film after film that makesexcuses for irresponsible bums who turn into gun-trotting robbers justbecause they are short of cash or are being hounded by ugly loansharks? Boy, it's even more freakish to have to watch misfits turningover a new leaf by some lonely old church ladies with ogling eyes!Absolutely a lame movie without any witty humor, but with lots ofunflattering stereotypical clichés to attempt at drawing out laughs…and where events and characters flow and end at very predictableexpectations. Yep, this film is simply overloaded withnon-complimentary logic and ugly characterization of an urbancommunity!

  4. LadyGotthelf from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:13 pm

    I really enjoyed this film for a number of reasons. I think KattWilliams is hilarious all by himself and was a great person to cast aschoir director. I thought the plot was not as generic as mosttheft-based plots that hit Hollywood. I thought the transitions thathappened as the film developed were fun to watch. Overall I thought themovie was really good.

    If you are trying to decide whether or not you want to go see thismovie, consider this as you make your decision. First, the film isstereotypical. The main characters live in and attend church in a rundown community exposed to crime, drugs, and other stereotypical thingsyou expect to find in a stereotypical community overrun withstereotypical people who are stereotypically Black or Hispanic. Second,the film is funny. Things that are funny to people who understand thecomplexities and realities of being Black will realize this; people whodo not understand will find it challenging to find the comedy. Third,the film will not be an Oscar nominee. The movie was not so well shot,scripted, edited, or presented that you will see it up for majorawards. That being said, a number of movies come out every day that areentertaining but are not award-winning and we watch them because wewant to be entertained. This is another one of those films. So, if youwant to be entertained, you understand the positive and negative innerworkings of Black society, and you do not mind viewing a film thatdisplays both stereotypes and truths about the way Black people live,move, and have their being, this movie is for you.

  5. John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio
    30 Mar 2012, 7:13 pm

    Let me see: It's January, and a film is released with a recognizablestar and an obvious audience. Should be a winner? Nah! Not for nothingis this called the "dead season" or the "dumping ground" because almostall the films released at this time are potential losers, films deemedby their owners weak for a variety of reasons, but most certainlyheading for panning by the critics.

    First Sunday, a heist film set in a church, fulfills all therequirements for this notorious time of year: The plot is thin andalmost silly: a couple of slackers decide to rob a local church inorder to pay debts or salvage a family, mixing guilt with almostinnocence; Ice Cube stars against his type as a robber with at heartand he produces, an act that guarantees this weak film distribution.

    Yet, I liked First Sunday well enough to keep it from my slag heap ofgrade F. I liked the sub-textual seriousness of kids without dads, dadsdealing with unemployment and disrespect, and mundane church matters.In addition, Cube (Durell) has a solid persona, not varying much eachfilm, of an intelligent, serious but secretly warmhearted guy, aworking stiff who just hasn't had the right breaks.

    His sidekick LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan) provides the feckless, goofy, butlovable klutz, whose heart is bigger than Durell's. Beyond reasonablehumor is Katt Williams' Rickey, a choirmaster with loopy observationsand mannerisms. The women in the congregation serve as enablers for theerrant crooks, and in one case, as major eye candy. Most of thecharacters in the film are shameless stereotypes.

    The responsibility for this sub par comedy rests with writer directorDavid E. Talbert, whose more that a dozen successful plays with heavysocial themes remind of the success Tyler Perry has had with a similarprofile. But Talbert lacks Perry's refinement of style and substancethat deftly mixes broad comedy with social concerns. Talbert may neverreach the success of Perry, but he should keep trying because socialcomedy is a powerful part of our popular culture.

  6. The_Matrix_Rocks from South Africa
    30 Mar 2012, 7:13 pm

    So, it turns out "blaxploitation" films are still alive and well, andthese days cast Ice Cube, Katt Williams and Tracy Morgan in the leadingroles.

    This offensive film parades just about every stereotype about AfricanAmericans that you can get away with while still maintaining a PG-13rating. That translates into a ghetto setting curiously devoid of drugdealers and crack whores. There is one character who dresses like apimp, but I'm convinced that was because of a mix-up in wardrobe,rather than a deliberate attempt at authenticity.

    What is inexcusably absent though is a discernible plot. The screenplayseems to be a weak attempt to re-purpose the flimsy dramatic premisethat powers "Die Hard", but relocating it in a church and mashing someAgatha Christie mystery elements for good measure.

    What emerges then, in place of a plot, is a severely frayed thread,ambitiously intended to link together a series of set pieces where thevarious performers deliver signature material – kind of like what you'dfind at a school concert, only less coherent.

    "First Sunday" does have some funny moments and to be fair, the familydid chuckle about the movie for a couple of days after watching it. Sothink of this movie as a set of toppings in search of a (first) sundae.

  7. apetitefor from Bulgaria
    30 Mar 2012, 7:13 pm

    The movie can really touch with its emotional aspect, which consist ofthe old motive that money can't always buy anything. There are somegood in the hood laughs, but not worth to remember. I personally thinkthat Ice Cube can do better, and he can achieve something more greatthe "Friday" series.His acting is getting better and better, but heshould try to change the plot of his movies or maybe a drastic changein his character.At all, this movie production is not somethingamazing,but this is not its main mission. It's just a good comedy, thatcan waste your time, without wasting its limit. By the way its worthnothing the fact that there are some really funny characters that arereally moving the thing in this production. Like the chore director forexample, or the priest.Actually this is the main element that makes merate the movie at a more high score. It seems that almost everythingwas half-baked- the plot is good, but could have been better, and theactors a re funny,but could be funnier.

  8. hypenosis from Assault Lake City, Utah
    30 Mar 2012, 7:13 pm

    This movie was like that one paper you wrote in high school. You stayedup all night working on it, but still could only pull out a C+..

    I don't know why this movie needs to be about white or black (say someof the peeps reviewing it) or if you rate it low you're a bigot or ifyou really like it, you're a minister @ a church etc…. I'm white andI enjoyed it, just not enough to give it a 9 or 10. And while I loveTracy Morgan, Kat Williams and I-Cube.. I thought the plot was not thatinteresting and the funny moments were few and far between.. Sure, ithad its redeeming values.. but the movie didn't know whether to be acomedy or a redemption flick. So it tried to be both..

    The one part I absolutely loved and that really touched me was whenTracy's character says that he had never had a birthday celebrationbecause the foster care place lost his birth certificate. Wow.. Talkabout sad.. I actually almost started crying, because it was soemotional and I had never heard of anyone not celebrating a birthdayever.

  9. John Baldoza from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:13 pm

    Let me first start off by saying this movie kept true to the words ofthe bible and kept the sabbath day holy, as this movies plot wasriddled with them. If you wondering why I have "HA." as my summarytitle that is because at the time i read that they called this movie acomedy under genre. This movie has about as much comedy as Roots (andno I did not find Roots remotely funny). So first let me start with theplot. This story is completely messed up. First off lets start withsomething i noticed off the bat while watching the movie. A man in themovie (spoilers) is blind and cleans the church at nights. This doesn'tbother as much as the point that in one part of the movie he is able towalk by a gun within mere inches of his face and not notice it, yetlater in the movie is able to find a bag of money which no one elsecan. Another thing in the movie that i only realized happenedafterwards was that two characters were completely missing for half themovie. In one scene there is the character of a woman in a greenishshirt with black dots on her shirt played by comedian Rickey Smiley whois a man. Her character another character who is sitting next to her ina church meeting they are having, completely disappear within minutes.The director didn't even bother to show where they had gone. Anotherthing that i hated about this movie was the acting. Ice Cubesperformance rivals Clitista Flockhart's performance when she stared inAlly McFeal. Not only were his drama scenes unconvincing, they were thefunniest parts of this movie (not really a good thing). Another thingthat bothered me was Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams. They are put inthe movie for comedic relief and do not deliver. They act in this movieexactly the same way the acted in previous movies they were in such asWho's your Caddy? or Gone with the Wind. By now i hope you noticed thati hated this movie. The acting ability is equal to that of someone in aelementary school play, the plot has more holes than a pasta drainer,and the jokes aren't present. Im just hoping they called this movieFirst Sunday for some other reason than to open the possibilities for aSecond Sunday. I would recommend this movie to no one unless you are aamateur in the movie industry, whether it be a director, actor, or evenproducer, and want to know what not to do. In that case this is a goodmovie to watch as i shows how not to act nor how to direct a movie. Ifyou aren't one of mentioned people, Stay Away!!!.

  10. Paul-271 from New Mexico, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 7:13 pm

    I'm baffled by the anger in some reviewer's critiques. Sure, this movieis hardy Citizen Kane or even up to the level of the Barbershop movies,but it's not terrible. It's main issue is its inability to sustain atone. Instead, it varies between pathos, light comedy and (of allthings) hostage drama.

    As with the Barbershop movies, the persistent theme is community andfamily. The central characters are two petty criminals who remaincriminals because of previous convictions. This isn't a laughabletheme. A felon has a very difficult time making a living. When's thelast time you saw a job application which didn't ask about previouscriminal record? Anyway, in an effort to both pay off scary people andmaintain family cohesiveness, two of society's losers decide on onemore crime.

    The subsequent series of events combine serious situations withinteresting characterizations and then throws in some scenes of suchsilliness that they tend to stomp a bit on the rest of the movie.Approach with an open mind and you'll be for a light, decent movie withsome interesting character sketches.

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