Tagline: Coming home is no vacation.
Dr. R.J. (Roscoe) Stevens (Martin Lawrence) is a talk-show sensation who has discarded his simple Southern awkward-boy past and the awkward boy he used to be to dispense motivational advice to millions of adoring fans. With reality TV series Survivor winner Bianca Kittles (Joy Bryant) on his arm and enough cash in his pocket to easily afford expensive gifts for his parents, he feels like there’s nothing he hasn’t achieved.
When his parents request that he come home for their 50th wedding anniversary, R.J. packs up his 10-year-old son Jamaal (Damani Roberts) and his fiancée Bianca and heads back to his sleepy Southern hometown. Ready to impress his down-home kin with how much he’s changed, R.J. will prove he’s no longer the walking disaster they used to pick on. When they arrive in Georgia, he is first greeted by his cousin Reggie (Mike Epps), who asks him for $300 to buy ice for the family barbecue.
At the family home, Roscoe is greeted by his parents, Roscoe Sr. (James Earl Jones) and Mama Jenkins (Margaret Avery); his brother Otis (Michael Clarke Duncan), the town sheriff; Otis’ wife Ruthie (Liz Mikel) and their overgrown kids Junior (Brandin Jenkins) and Callie (Krystal Marea Braud); and Roscoe’s loud, rowdy sister Betty (Mo’Nique). Before long, Roscoe’s cousin Clyde (Cedric the Entertainer) drops in, bringing the old spark of competition-with Roscoe. He is also escorting Lucinda, a past love interest of Roscoe’s.
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)
Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: Martin Lawrence, Margaret Avery, Joy Bryant, Michael Clarke Duncan, Mike Epps, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, Cedric the Entertainer, James Earl Jones
Screenplay by: Malcolm D. Lee
Production Design by: William A. Elliott
Cinematography by: Greg Gardiner
Film Editing by: George Bowers, Paul Millspaugh
Costume Design by: Danielle Hollowell
Set Decoration by: Teresa Visinare
Art Direction by: Gary Baugh
Music by: David Newman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and drug references.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: February 8, 2008