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First Sunday (2008)



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

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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

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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 (76) | Top Critics (32)

The missing-church-funds subplot will be easily figured out by any four year old, but it winds up being a McGuffin anyway.

May 1, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

March 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.

March 28, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Loretta Devine and Olivia Cole shine out as veteran members of the flock, but even their class combined is no saving grace.

March 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.

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

Ice Cube is now Public Enemy Number Fun, although First Sunday is only fun if you're in dire need of a modernist urban take on the strain of comedy Abbott and Costello used to practice, which, let's be honest, wasn't that funny to begin with.

February 1, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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Corey Wood
Corey Wood

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A black morality tale... a nice twist from Cube's previous film outings. The comedy is still there, but throw in religion, guilt and the ghetto and you in for a good night. If you like these kinds flicks. Watch and praise the Lord that you arent as stupid as the two crims in this one!! XD!!

Khris N
Khris N

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