Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
Martin Lawrence stars as talk-show sensation Dr. RJ Stevens, who has shirked his simple Southern past and the awkward boy he used to be to dispense “you can do it” advice to millions of adoring fans. With a reality-series star on his arm and loads of cash in his pocket, there’s nothing he feels he hasn’t achieved.
When his parents request that he come home for their 50th wedding anniversary, RJ packs up his 10-year-old son and spoiled princess of a fiancée and heads back to his sleepy, Southern hometown. Ready to impress his down home kin with how much he’s changed, RJ will prove he’s not the walking disaster they used to pick on. At least, that’s the plan…
It is too bad that what could have been a family film, with a talented cast of African American actors, is a film that is so irreverent and wrapped up in sexual innuendos and language that the humorous moments are overwhelmed with content issues. These issues are what prevents Dove from awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie.
The picture does have some genuinely funny moments but it also has an emphasis on sexual innuendos and strong language. Also troubling was a female character who beats up her brother and then tells him afterwards that she is a good Christian. She is both verbally and physically abusive to several characters in the film. Unfortunately, “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins” was not a welcome experience for this reviewer.