First Sunday

2008

First Sunday

Critics Consensus

First Sunday may have its heart in the right place, but its funny bone is dislocated.

12%

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Gospel-minded playwright David E. Talbert produces, writes, and directs this urban crime comedy concerning a pair of criminals who take a group of church parishioners hostage while attempting to rob the holy house, only to find their captives slowly convincing them to repent and give up their lawless lifestyles. Durell (Ice Cube) and LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan) are two best friends with a special knack for petty crime. Upset at discovering that his ex-girlfriend is planning to move out of state with the couple's young son, Durell knows that the only way to keep his fractured family in close proximity to one another is to raise the 17,000 dollars needed to pay off her growing debt. In order to get the money before his ex decides to make the big move, the desperate Durell enlists the aid of his scheming best buddy to rob their neighborhood church. But someone has beaten Durell and LeeJohn to the punch, and if they ever hope to get their hands on that quick cash, this bumbling pair will first have to spend an entire night in the presence of not just the almighty lord, but some of his most fervent followers as well. Katt Williams, Keith David, Regina Hall, and Chi Mcbride co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Ice Cube
as Durell
Tracy Morgan
as LeeJohn
Loretta Devine
as Sister Doris
Keith David
as Judge B. Bennet Galloway
Regina Hall
as Omunique
Chi McBride
as Patsor Arthur Mitchell
Clifton Powell
as Office Eddie King
Nicholas Turturro
as Officer D'Agonstino
Olivia Cole
as Momma T
Red Grant
as Harold
C.J. Sanders
as Durell Jr.
Rickey Smiley
as Bernice Jenkins
Arjay Smith
as Preston
Kim Staunton
as Public Defender
Gerry Black
as Mr. Wally
Joy Brunson
as Choir Member 2
P.J. Byrne
as Assistant D.A.
Bashirrah Creswell
as Choir Member 3
Starletta DuPois
as Grandmother
Roy Jackson Jr.
as Boyfriend
Roy Jackson
as Boyfriend
Patricia Mikel
as Sister Baker
Byron Blu Mitchell
as Choir Member 1
Aya Nagasaki
as Massage Attendant
Reynaldo Rey
as Soul Joe
Tiffany 'New York' Pollard
as Omunique's Client
Kurt Carr
as Choir Band Member
Timothy P. Mason
as Choir Band Member
Sheryl Harper
as Choir Band Member
Jackie Brown
as Choir Member
Troy Clark
as Choir Member
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Critic Reviews for First Sunday

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (66)

  • With his movie debut, Talbert plays to his established audience, the redemption message riding roughshod over everything, even such trifling concerns as character consistency and continuity.

    Mar 28, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The least funny man ever to make a career in comedy movies, Ice Cube hauls his sullen mug back in front of the cameras for the execrable First Sunday.

    Mar 28, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Loretta Devine and Olivia Cole shine out as veteran members of the flock, but even their class combined is no saving grace.

    Mar 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Grafting moral uplift on to a slapstick caper with mixed results, this nevertheless captures some of the giddy eccentricity of the Ealing comedies it haphazardly resembles.

    Mar 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Mark Holcomb

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Talbert's unable to pin down exactly what kind of movie he wants to make, a slapstick sermon or an urban tragicomedy?

    Jan 29, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • If Tyler Perry ever wanted to turn Dog Day Afternoon into a treacly after-school special, it would probably end up looking a lot like this.

    Jan 17, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for First Sunday

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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2011
    plop. sorry katt, this didn't work.
    Nay Nay B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2009
    The Trailers 4 This Movie Were More Funny Then The Actual Movie
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2009
    I always wondered what a really unfunny comdey would be like, and I found out. A lame excuse of a Melo-Dramatic "Tyler Perry" Rip-off. Katt Williams was pretty good, but this movie wasn't as hilarious as I thought it'd be, and it left me wondering one big thing. "Has Ice Cube finally given up the Childish Comedies, for real Cinema again, Like in "Higher Learning", and "?Boyz In The Hood"?
    Joseph E Super Reviewer

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