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Durell and LeeJohn are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When Durell learns that his ex-girlfriend plans to move to another state with their son - unless they can get her $17,000 to pay off a debt - they come up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. But when the duo fumble their way through the break-in, they discover someone has beaten them to the punch.
Comedy Crime - This is a broad comedy with a strong faith-affirming message, not
unlike writer-director David E. Talbert's plays or the films and
stage work of Tyler Perry. The target audience is urban audiences
but any fans of stars Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan will find much to
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average ...the movie as a whole is pleasant, generally satisfying, and has a heart as big as its funny bone. For an early January movie, this is sometimes as good as it gets.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average First Sunday is a misguided attempt at comedy that needs to go last on anyone's list of movie options. With plot holes the size of boulders, it's a thuddingly bad effort at wacky humor and schmaltzy redemption.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 44 moviegoers:
TEENS:Both males and females LOVED "FIRST SUNDAY." Highly Recommended!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Approximately three-quarters of the males and females enjoyed "First Sunday" very much. Most of the remaining reviews are a little on the low side but not terrible. Recommended, but some of you could be a bit disappointed.
ADULTS:The few male reviews are decent but not great. Two enjoyed it very much, one rated it average and two were a little disappointed. It's obviously more for the younger crowd. The female reviews are much better than the male reviews. Nearly all of them enjoyed it very much.
It's a steamy summer day in inner-city Baltimore when Durell Washington (Ice Cube) learns that his son's mother (Regina Hall) plans to take Durell Jr. to Atlanta to live—unless Durell can come up with $17,000 to help her keep her hair salon afloat. A dedicated if chronically underemployed dad, Durell has spent years trying to give his son a better chance at life than he had. He has walked the boy to the school bus each morning, tried to turn his gift for tinkering into a job and resisted the harebrained criminal schemes of his lifelong friend LeeJohn Jackson (Tracy Morgan).
But after another frustrating day of job hunting, Durell's desperation overcomes his common sense and he agrees to help LeeJohn deliver a truckload of stolen wheelchairs for a local thug. The job ends in chaos when LeeJohn panics and leads the police on a wild car chase through the city. Sentenced to 5,000 hours of community service by an irate judge (Keith David), Durell is deeper in debt than ever when their erstwhile employer demands $12,000 for the lost wheelchairs—or else. Almost $30,000 in the red, the pair seems to be out of options until LeeJohn convinces his pal to go along with another one of his goofball capers: This time, all they have to do is rob their local neighborhood church.
The would-be bandits break in intending to crack the safe and get out fast. Instead, they stumble onto a church meeting in progress and discover the First Sunday collection money is already missing. Seeing no way back, Durell finds himself holding a room full of indignant church folk hostage.
As the night wears on and the temperature in the sanctuary rises, long simmering feuds among the church leaders begin to boil over. Pastor Mitchell (Chi McBride) does his best to referee a heated dispute between his beautiful and fiery daughter Tianna (Malinda Williams) and smooth talking Deacon Randy (Michael Beach) over the best use for the money. Sweet church secretary Sister Doris (Loretta Devine) reaches out to LeeJohn and makes him understand the error of his ways. All the while, flamboyant choir director Rickey (Katt Williams) tries to ignore the ruckus and proceed with his choir practice.
Before the evening is over, the money will turn up, the thief will be revealed and Durell and LeeJohn will come away with something more important than money.