Still, Roscoe Jenkins labors too hard to wring too-few chuckles, as this pop psychologist, helpless on the occasion of his folks' golden anniversary, gets belittled by parents and ridiculed by siblings. Just like when he was a kid.
Some movies straddle two genres. This film written and directed by Malcolm Lee (maker of the far superior The Best Man) is a Twister game, hands and feet everywhere.
With adult siblings reverting to childish competition, Roscoe Jenkins haselements of the family-reunion farce. With the ultra-successful Roscoe bringing his fiancée (Joy Bryant), a reality-TV star, home for inspection, it likewise has themes of the meet-the-parents comedy. And with the psychologist who is clueless about his own life, we have a physician-heal-thyself film.
As if that weren't enough, Lee additionally crowds his three-ring circus with jugglers, clowns and dancing elephants in the persons of Michael Clarke Duncan, Mo'Nique and Cedric the Entertainer as Roscoe's siblings and cousin.
As a rule I don't mind broad humor. But the widescreen isn't ample enough to fit the jokes here.
As Roscoe's parents, Margaret Avery and James Earl Jones emerge with drawers undropped and dignity intact.
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