Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Jays Rating:

Punching, yelling and a canine love affair is what you’ll see in the comedy, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. Roscoe Jenkins (Martin Lawrence) is a successful talk show host known by the stage name of R. J. Stevens – a scary cross between Jerry Springer and Oprah Winfrey. He lives in Los Angeles and receives an invitation to return home to attend the 50th wedding anniversary of his parents, papa (James Earl Jones) and mama (Margaret Avery). Roscoe reluctantly packs up his 10 year old son Jamaal (Damani Roberts) and his fiancée Bianca (Joy Bryant) and heads to Georgia to reunite with his crazy family. Within minutes of his arrival, Roscoe has a slap fest with his sister Betty (Mo’nique) and is knocked down by his brother Otis (Michael Clark Duncan) because of his big city attitude. This greeting was nothing compared to the welcome from his cousin Clyde (Cedric the Entertainer) who was adopted by Roscoe’s family and spent his childhood beating Roscoe in every game they played. Several days into the reunion, Roscoe has an awakening about his upcoming marriage to Bianca, the sudden awareness that he’s been neglecting his son and a not so pleasant opinion of himself as a person. This film is full of clichés, stereotypes and black humor. (No, I didn’t say blind humor even though it may have been funnier.) Thank goodness there were strong supporting characters; most were comedians and they played to their strengths. You will probably enjoy this film if your I.Q. is lower then your eyesight. That isn’t saying a lot for me since I laughed several times during the film (except during the dog scenes) and I left the theater with a smile on my face. I’m not sure why, but I’m giving this movie a C rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.