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PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 8 February 2008 (USA)
Dr. RJ Stevens is a talk show host who visits his family in the deep south. While there he reunites with his brother Otis, his sister Betty, his cousin/rival Clyde and his childhood love interest Lucinda Allen.

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Dr. RJ Stevens is a talk show host who visits his family in the deep south. While there he reunites with his brother Otis, his sister Betty, his cousin/rival Clyde and his childhood love interest Lucinda Allen.

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Going home is no vacation.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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8 February 2008 (USA)  »

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The Better Man  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,207,730 (USA) (10 February 2008)

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$42,436,517 (USA) (3 April 2008)
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Trivia

According to Louis C.K. on the DVD commentary of Louie (2010), his part in this film was originally much larger. But his performance was so bad that most of his scenes were deleted. See more »

Goofs

The characters seem to be playing fast pitch softball, but one of them is seen allowed to lead off her base, where she is almost tagged. Leading off bases is not allowed in fast pitch softball until the ball leaves the pitcher's hand during a pitch. See more »

Quotes

Reggie: [Admiring the pork ribs he's just barbecued] See this swine? It's fine, divine, sublime, and right...
Otis: ...on time!
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Crazy Credits

Roscoe interviews members of his family over the credits. See more »

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References The Proud Family (2001) See more »

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So Fresh, So Clean
Written by André Benjamin, Raymon Murray, Big Boi (as Antwan Patton), Rico Wade,
Sleepy Brown (as Patrick L. Brown)
Performed by Outkast
Courtesy of La Face records / Zomba Label Group
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Exceedinlgy Average
27 November 2008 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

African American family values movies have matured into a distinct and popular genre and, Martin Lawrence traverses familiar territory with this awkwardly-titled movie.

He plays RJ Stevens, a big city motivational guru who has taken the concept of "self-help" too far, leaving him somewhat estranged from his family in the Deep South.

In an inelegant plot device, his parents' 50th anniversary serves as an exploitable marketing opportunity sufficiently enticing to lure him back to his hometown.

From there, things unfold fairly formulaicly to RJ's rekindling of his true identity, Roscoe Steven Jenkins.

Although Lawrence is the lead around whom the story revolves, it does feel slightly like an ensemble piece. But fortunately the cast is competent and believable, even those fulfilling comic relief roles.

So as an illustration of good ol' hometown values like "always be true to yourself", "the importance of family", and the "power of forgiveness", it's a good choice for family night viewing, if you can find a way around Mo'Nique's apparent inability to avoid the B-word.


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