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Ice Cube, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan, Loretta Devine, Michael Beach ... see more see more... , Keith David , Regina Hall , Malinda Williams , Chi McBride , Olivia Cole , Clifton Powell , Nicholas Turturro , Red Grant , C.J. Sanders , Arjay Smith , Kim Staunton , Sterling D. Ardrey , Gerry Black , Joy Brunson , P.J. Byrne , Paul Campbell (IV) , Melanie Comarcho , Bashirrah Creswell , Antwone Dickey , Starletta DuPois , Roy Jackson Jr. , Patricia Mikel , Byron Blu Mitchell , Aya Nagasaki , Reynaldo Rey , Martell Robinson , Marietta Sirleaf , Kurt Carr , Nathaniel Kearney Jr. , Timothy P. Mason , Sheryl Harper , Vernon Keith Allen , Jackie Brown , Troy Clark , David Daughty , Kesha Ealy , Janet Fuller , Chara Hammonds , Melody Hess , Frank Ingram , Patricia Johnson , Carolyn Johnson-White , Helen Jones , Shanika Leeks , Rodney Matthews , Mark Jeffrey Miller , James Neuble , Aseneth Parker , Nicole Potts , Kecia Sanders , Koda Turner , Andre Washington , Rodney Washington , Otha White , Rachel Whitlow , Linda Willis , Brandon Winbush , Rickey Smiley , Tiffany Pollard

Gospel-minded playwright David E. Talbert produces, writes, and directs this urban crime comedy concerning a pair of criminals who take a group of church parishioners hostage while attempting to rob t... read more read more...he holy house, only to find their captives slowly convincing them to repent and give up their lawless lifestyles. Durell (Ice Cube) and LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan) are two best friends with a special knack for petty crime. Upset at discovering that his ex-girlfriend is planning to move out of state with the couple's young son, Durell knows that the only way to keep his fractured family in close proximity to one another is to raise the 17,000 dollars needed to pay off her growing debt. In order to get the money before his ex decides to make the big move, the desperate Durell enlists the aid of his scheming best buddy to rob their neighborhood church. But someone has beaten Durell and LeeJohn to the punch, and if they ever hope to get their hands on that quick cash, this bumbling pair will first have to spend an entire night in the presence of not just the almighty lord, but some of his most fervent followers as well. Katt Williams, Keith David, Regina Hall, and Chi Mcbride co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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75 critics

PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.

Directed by: David E. Talbert

Release Date: January 11, 2008

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DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008

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  • August 8, 2008
    OMG! Movies need more meaning. WHO MAKES A MOVIE ABOUT STEALING FROM A CHURCH.
  • July 7, 2008
    A black morality tale... a nice twist from Cube's previous film outings. The comedy is still there, but throw in religion, guilt and the ghetto and you in for a good night.

    If you like these kinds flicks.

    Watch and praise the Lord that you arent as stupid as the two crims in t... read morehis one!!

    XD!!
  • June 21, 2008
    Didn't really hit the target being a comedy, Katt Williams could have had more lines with his funny character.
  • January 24, 2008
    This was a really funny movie, that was made awesome by Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams and Rickey Smiley. They made the 1st part of the film so very funny..although the ending was WAY too emotional.
  • January 22, 2008
    Funny at the first act, but, by the second & third act, it gets too preachy & too predictable.
  • January 15, 2008
    Not too bad a movie...Kat Williams is incredible in this one...Ice Cube as a director is a funny force to be reconed with....he is going to be around for a loooong time...in front and behind the camera.
  • September 26, 2009
    I always wondered what a really unfunny comdey would be like, and I found out. A lame excuse of a Melo-Dramatic "Tyler Perry" Rip-off.

    Katt Williams was pretty good, but this movie wasn't as hilarious as I thought it'd be, and it left me wondering one big thing.
    "Has Ice Cube... read more finally given up the Childish Comedies, for real Cinema again, Like in "Higher Learning", and "?Boyz In The Hood"?
  • January 11, 2008
    Stockholm slapstick grows increasingly preachy and predictable.
  • September 3, 2011
    plop. sorry katt, this didn't work.

Critic Reviews


Mark Holcomb
March 28, 2008
Mark Holcomb, Time Out

Grafting moral uplift on to a slapstick caper with mixed results, this nevertheless captures some of the giddy eccentricity of the Ealing comedies it haphazardly resembles. Full Review

Chris Nashawaty
January 17, 2008
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

If Tyler Perry ever wanted to turn Dog Day Afternoon into a treacly after-school special, it would probably end up looking a lot like this. Full Review

Stephanie Zacharek
January 11, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

The movie is designed to be uplifting and inspirational, but everything about it is tired and listless. It doesn't so much make you feel the spirit as drain it out of you. Full Review

Jessica Reaves
January 11, 2008
Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune

The movie's total lack of focus and its unimpressive script should render it totally unwatchable. Weirdly, that doesn't quite happen. Full Review

Tom Long
January 11, 2008
Tom Long, Detroit News

Your enjoyment of this movie may depend on the Tracy Morgan factor. Rarely has there been a comic who can switch from funny to unbearably grating with such speed. Full Review

Liam Lacey
January 11, 2008
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

While we can't presume to know the Lord's mind, somewhere in the footnotes to the Ten Commandments there must be a rule about not using insipid piety to excuse incompetent comedy. Full Review

Colin Covert
January 11, 2008
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film, written and directed by urban theater circuit playwright David E. Talbert, is far from polished, but it has a rambunctious energy that's hard to resist. Full Review

Elizabeth Weitzman
January 11, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

Though Ice Cube and Morgan should make an ideal team, neither seems particularly comfortable grappling with Talbert's amateurish script. Full Review

Kyle Smith
January 11, 2008
Kyle Smith, New York Post

Ice Cube goes cold in First Sunday, a heist comedy in which the audience gets robbed. Full Review

Peter Hartlaub
January 11, 2008
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

Ice Cube has been taking a lot of heat in recent years for abandoning his tough guy image in exchange for Hollywood stardom, and First Sunday appears to be a compromise. Full Review

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