BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEWS

003797Reviews & Counting
SEARCH BY TITLE # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins
DVD disk
06.16.2008 By: Johnny Moreno
Welcome Home,  Roscoe Jenkins order
Director:
Malcolm D. Lee

Actors:
Martin Lawrence
Mike Epps
James Earl Jones

Rating:
Movie:
Extras:
Overall:

star Printer-Friendly version
comment
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Jerry Springer-esque talk show host RJ Stevens (Lawrence) has a hit show, a trophy wife-to-be, and an eleven year old son that he doesn’t spend much time with. With his parents’ fiftieth anniversary around the corner, RJ has doubts about going back home to Georgia after a nine year absence.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I went into Welcome Home really wanting to hate it. I mean, REALLY wanting to hate it. I’m a huge fan of stand up comedy and I hate seeing Martin Lawrence go from a hit TV show and a great stand up career, to basically following in the hack-movie-footsteps of another once great comedian, Eddie Murphy. But as it turns out, I wound up not hating the movie as I anticipated. I didn’t love it either but there were things about the movie that I did like. Most notably, the supporting cast of players like Michael Clarke Duncan, Mike Epps and Mo’Nique quite simply made the movie for me. Each of them took their respective character, made it their own and ran with it, creating some truly unique characters that helped drive the film. Even Cedric the Entertainer, a moniker that’s almost an oxymoron at this point, was funny in his scenes and surprisingly, made me believe in his character in a couple of the more “serious” scenes. It was quite a contrast to the over-acting, expression filled performance of Martin Lawrence.

Part of Welcome Home’s charm is, obviously, the family aspect. I think everyone can relate to Roscoe’s apprehension to seeing his family after such a long time away from home. Being from a big family, I definitely understood his unwillingness to “go back” to where he grew up; mentally and emotionally you view it as kind of a setback since as a person, you’ve matured and grown in those ways and also blazed your own path in the world. Director Malcolm Lee (he of Undercover Brother fame) understands this world and its inhabitants and is able to translate it in a way to appeal to everyone despite the viewer’s background.
THE EXTRAS
Alternate Opening: I’m glad the opening that was used stayed in the film because this opening was boring and way too long. The opening was basically a segment of the RJ Stevens Show (Lawrence’s character) which was the whole “baby mama drama” type of schtick that is common on those types of shows, but is basically passé at this point.

Deleted and Extended Scenes: As with most deleted scenes, everything left on the cutting room floor should’ve stayed. Most of the scenes were unnecessary and some of the extended scenes showed character development more than anything.

Outtakes: I’m a big fan of outtakes so I always enjoy a laugh when somebody breaks character, flubs a line or says something completely inappropriate.

Bringing the Family Together: A standard featurette that shows each of the major players talking about their characters, how they got the part and how much they love their co-stars. A schmooze fest, in other words.

On Location: Getting Down and Dirty: Despite the film’s location being Georgia, it was actually filmed in Shreveport, Louisiana. The actor’s talk about the landscape, how big the bugs are and the constant weather changes that on some days, halted production. In one bit, a producer explains to Cedric the Entertainer the different types of wildlife that can be found on set including snakes, water moccasins and alligators. Fun stuff.

Going Home: Real Stories of the Cast: This goes right back to the family aspect of the film and the mixed feelings of going back “home” and how that has had an effect on each actor in the film. There are some really good stories and it was interesting to see another side to all the actors involved.

Joe "We're Family" Music Video: Some video from a c-list R&B singer. Not my box of cereal.

Feature Commentary with Director Malcolm D. Lee: Commentaries are always iffy with me. Sometimes you get one of your favorite movies to watch and the commentary is boring with a lot of dead space and other times the movie is over before you’ve noticed because the commentary is lively and at a really good pace. This one is the latter. Malcolm Lee keeps the commentary moving with fun anecdotes and stories about the cast and crew.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you’re going into this wanting to hate, take it from and give it a chance. If you’re a fan of any of the actors involved, you’re sure to enjoy Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins. If you, on any occasion, told your family “sure, I’ll come to Thanksgiving dinner” but you decided to hang with some buds, drink Jack Daniels and park outside a high school for girls, then you’re sure to enjoy this. Whether you love your family or tolerate them, this might be up your alley.
Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

Best Selling

| December 2016 More Best Selling
  • 1
    The Secret Life of Pets
  • 2
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • 3
    Suicide Squad
  • 4
    The Shelter
  • 5
    The Magnificent Seven

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More