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First Sunday
DVD disk
05.29.2008 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
David E. Talbert

Actors:
Ice Cube
Tracy Morgan
Katt Williams

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Durell (Ice Cube) & Levon (Tracey Morgan), plan to rob a neighbourhood church in order to repay a $17,000 debt. The night of the robbery, they discover that the church has already been robbed. They figure a member of the congregation has taken off with the loot- so they hold everyone present in the church hostage until they can find the culprit. Hijinx ensue.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Sorry folks, First Sunday is NOT a good movie. Not even the presence of Tracy Morgan could save this film - which is too bad, as Morgan is a damn funny guy, and he deserves a solid comedic vehicle. Basically - this is just another Ice Cube family flick- similar to ARE WE THERE YET? or the imaginatively titled sequel, ARE WE DONE YET? If you're a fan of those films- then definitely check it out, but if you're not, you'd be well advised to skip this mess. If you're set on

seeing Ice Cube in a comedy, check out FRIDAY instead. Also, if anyone happens to rent this film to see comedian Katt Williams- be aware that despite his above the title billing, he actually has a pretty unsubstantial role.

THE EXTRAS
This is actually a pretty loaded DVD. First up, we get an audio commentary track featuring director Dave E. Talbert, who's actually a pretty well known playwright along the lines of Tyler Perry. While I didn't have much fun watching this movie, Talbert obviously had a great time making the film, and it shows in his commentary.

Up next are a handful of deleted scenes with optional commentary by Talbert, and some outtakes. There’s also a pretty funny gag reel, and Talbert’s Camera Wrap Speech- which covers the last shot before wrapping the film. Talbert gets pretty misty eyed here, and he presents a couple of clapboards to Cube, Morgan, and the lead camera operator.

Next is the Hood Robbin’ with the First Sunday Cast and Crew featurette- which is a standard EPK. Last is a fact track with info about the cast and crew, which has been dubbed the “Almighty Version” for the DVD.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
FIRST SUNDAY was just not my cup of tea. I found it corny, overly schmaltzy and worse- unfunny. Not recommended.
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