First Sunday

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Two bumbling criminals discover they haven't got a prayer when they attempt to steal from the local church.


Studio Sony
SKU 207468254
UPC 043396226364
UPC 14 00043396226364
Format DVD
Release Date 5/15/2012
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note David E. Talbert makes his directorial debut with this comedy about Durell (Ice Cube) and LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan), childhood friends with a knack for getting into trouble. Despite his continual bad decisions, Durell gets one thing right: he's a good father to his adolescent son. When he learns that the boy's mother, his ex-girlfriend, Omunique (Regina Hall), needs $17,000 to buy her beauty shop or she'll leave Baltimore and move to Atlanta, he's determined to get her the money to keep his son in his life. Meanwhile, LeeJohn needs big money fast to pay off some bad guys. Durell and LeeJohn decide that the collection plate of their local church holds the answer to their money woes. But their attempt to rob the church is foiled in progress: the money is already missing, and the would-be burglars didn't realize there would be people at the church. Finding themselves with a group of parishioners and choir members at their mercy, Durell and LeeJohn have to make some decisions about exactly what kind of men they want to be.^FIRST SUNDAY also makes a statement about the role of the church in urban areas and its importance within the community. Keith David is Deacon Randy, who has grandiose plans for moving the church to a "less urban" neighborhood. Chi McBride stars as Pastor Mitchell, and Malinda Williams is his strong-willed daughter, Tianna, who wants First Hope Community Church to stay right where it is and expand its services. Loretta Devine is Sister Doris, the parish secretary and foster mother with a heart of gold. Ice Cube and Morgan have good rapport as the bickering buddies, with Morgan's silliness providing loads of comic relief, but Katt Williams is the scene-stealer as Rickey, the flamboyant choir director with something to say about everything and everyone.
Los Angeles Times "There's something endearing about these characters....Talbert has done something unexpected and unusual: He's made a nearly violence-free, pointedly hopeful movie that actually touches on a few of the big issues facing American cities." 01/11/2008
New York Times "[The film] fuses social observation and raucous, clean humor with a message of redemption." 01/10/2008
David E. Talbert
Tracy Morgan
Katt Williams
Cast & Crew
Alan Caso - Cinematographer
Chi McBride - Actor
Clifton Powell - Actor
David E. Talbert - Director
David E. Talbert - Writer
Dina Lipton - Production Designer
Ice Cube - Actor
Ice Cube - Producer
Jeffrey Wolf - Editor
Katt Williams - Actor
Keith David - Actor
Loretta Devine - Actor
Malinda Williams - Actor
Michael Beach - Actor
Regina Hall - Actor
Rickey Smiley - Actor
Robert Strohmaier - Art Director
Stanley Clarke - Original Music By
Tiffany "New York" Pollard - Actor
Tim Story - Executive Producer
Tracy Morgan - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 22636
UPC 00043396226364
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Review You're a studio boss and you want Tyler Perry, but Lionsgate ain't giving up its share of the profitable African-American phenomenon any time soon. So, after scouring the urban playwright landscape, you stumble upon David E. Talbert. From a P.R. perspective, the noted creator of many "inspirational musicals" has all the credentials necessary to be the next demographically correct cash cow. All that's missing is the drag-act dynamic and the Oprah Stamp of Approval. Both may be necessary to make Talbert's feature film, First Sunday, a beyond-the-target-audience hit. This well-meaning, if ultimately manipulative, morality tale definitely needs some kind of extra entertainment spark...While it's true that Talbert (and for that matter, Perry) caters to a segment of our population grossly underserved by Tinseltown's color blindness, it's sad that said subset has to suffer with mediocrity like this. First Sunday is not an unwatchably bad movie. In fact, there are moments of real emotion buried inside all the stock situations and blatant Bible thumping. Yet, what the movie really needs is more laughs. A little more humor would definitely help the gratuitous God stuff go down easier.
Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Based purely on the misleading trailers that herald First Sunday's arrival in theaters, one might be forgiven thinking this is another dumb comedy about individuals characterized by a shortage of brain cells. However, while the film occasionally falls into sit-com traps, it aspires to be more than the marketing clips lead us to believe. This is the directorial debut of noted playwright David E. Talbert, and it mixes comedy with drama to generally good effect. There are awkward moments and the ending feels excessively contrived, but there are things to like about First Sunday...From a comedic perspective, Williams steals a high percentage of scenes, but Tracy Morgan is also solidly funny when the script requires it (which is often, especially early). Ice Cube plays the straight man, and often resembles a scowling teddy bear. Over the years, the rapper-turned-actor has honed his skills in front of the camera; he's a much better dramatic performer today than he was a decade ago...As a screenwriter, it's not Talbert's finest moment and does a degree of damage to the careful development of the characters and situations that precede it. It's not enough to invalidate all of the good things sprinkled throughout First Sunday; the movie as a whole is pleasant, generally satisfying, and has a heart as big as its funny bone.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ice Cube
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Earl Dittman, Wireless Magazines Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan are a match made in comedy heaven.
Jawn Murray, Tom Joyner Morning Show First Sunday is laugh out loud funny!
The New York Times ...fuses social observation and raucous, clean humor with a message of redemption.

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