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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Martin Lawrence, Margaret Avery, Joy Bryant, Louis C.K., Michael Clark Duncan, Mike Epps, Mo'nique, Nicole Ari Parker, Cedric the Entertainer
Director: Malcom D. Lee
Rating: M18 (Sexual Scene)
Year Made: 2008



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Languages: English/Japanese
Subtitles: English/Japanese/Thai/
Cantonese/Korean/Mandarin Traditional
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 54 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




When a celebrated TV show host returns to his hometown in the South, his family is there to remind him that going home is no vacation! It's one outrageous prediacament after another when big-city attitude and small-town values collide in this hysterical comedy.


Ah, another movie that wasn’t picked up by our local movie distributors for theatrical release. Looking at the cover of this DVD would probably tell you that this wouldn’t have received much box office success at the cinemas either – why would the average cinema patron fork out money to watch this bland looking comedy headlined by black actors? We could go into academic discussions of culture and ethnicity here, but let’s concentrate on the movie instead, as much as we think that it won’t do well on the home entertainment front too.

The DVD sleeve has this to say about the movie: “Martin Lawrence leads an all-star cast, including…” Yes, we were pleasantly surprised that we saw names like James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars and Simba’s all knowing Dad in The Lion King), Cedric the Entertainer (the voice of the goose in Charlotte’s Web) and Michael Clarke Duncan (the delicate giant in The Green Mile) in the cast list, but actors like Mo’Nique, Mike Epps and Damani Roberts aren’t exactly who we’d associate with “all-star cast”, probably only because we aren’t that familiar with them in this part of the world. We could go into academic discussions of culture and ethnicity here, but let’s concentrate on the movie instead.

The movie tells the story of Lawrence’s character who is a successfully famous TV show host who returns from the big city to his home in a small town where members of his family, as well as some characters from his childhood gather for a reunion. While the plot may sound like a potential heartstring puller where themes and ideas of family bonding can be brought out, we get a typical slapstick littered with stereotypes and body/ toilet/ crude humor which you may have seen in other comedies starring black actors. We could go into academic discussions of culture and ethnicity here, but let’s concentrate on the movie instead.

Just as you are getting irritated by how we are attempting to launch academic discussions from a frivolous movie like this, we shall actually talk about how there are certain genuinely funny moments in this otherwise lengthy 114 minute movie. It starts of with a rather tickling premise – the celebrated host’s mate is a celebrity, and a reality show (Survivor!) winner at that! The end credits also feature Lawrence’s character interviewing his family members, adding a nice and warm concluding touch to the otherwise dreary comedy which definitely wouldn’t have fared well if it was released theatrically.


This Code 3 DVD does not contain any special features, and you’d actually expect Lawrence to do a motor mouth presentation about the movie eh?


There is nothing to complain about the visual transfer. There is an option of either English or Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1.



Review by John Li


Other titles from HVN Berjaya:

. Leatherheads

. The Bourne Ultimatum

. Shrek The Third

. Knocked Up

. Evan Almighty

. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

. Transformers

. Blades of Glory

. Disturbia

. Shooter

. Freedom Writers

. Hot Fuzz

. Charlotte's Web

. The Good Shepherd

. Dreamgirls

. Smokin Aces

. Catch A Fire

. Man Of The Year

. Napoleon Dynamite

. Flushed Away

. Coach Carter

. Children Of Men

. Barnyard

. World Trade Centre

. Accepted

. Nacho Libre

. Stay Alive

. Miami Vice

. United 93

. You, Me and Dupree

. M:I:3

. Over The Hedge

. The Break-Up

. Curious George

. American Dreamz

. Bring It On All Or Nothing

. Aeon Flux

. Inside Man

. Elizabethtown

. Spongebob Squarepants Movie

. Four Brothers

. War Of The Worlds

. Munich

. Two for the Money

. King Kong

. American Pie: Band Camp

. Surviving Christmas

. Perfect Man, The

. Madagascar


This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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