Father and child sit together smiling while looking at a smart phone.

Want more recommendations for your family?

Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration

Parents' Guide to

First Sunday

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Predictable crime comedy has some iffy content.

Movie PG-13 2008 96 minutes
First Sunday Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (5 ):

Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, and the talented supporting cast can't seem to catapult this film out of the realm of mediocrity. Surprising, since Ice Cube is one of the few rappers-turned-actors who's proven his acting chops and is impressively adept at both comedy and drama (see Three Kings). The movie's steady stream of laughs, mostly courtesy of Morgan, diminishes a bit once the church heist goes wrong. Character actors Loretta Devine and Chi McBride are almost too good for their parts as the church's loving secretary and wise pastor. And stand-up comic Katt Williams steals many a scene as the cowardly and flamboyant choir director.

The hostage situation culminates with a predictable amount of sermonizing and repentance, but it's all a bit too easy considering that the men weren't exactly cold, hard murderers -- just stupid and unlucky. Despite jokes that are funny enough, newcomer director David E. Talbert mishandles the plot -- why the men needed the money was never all that compelling -- and the timing. He also squanders the talent that actors like McBride, Devine, and Keith David bring to the ensemble. But if you don't mind a pat, sentimental ending, you might be entertained.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 10, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: May 5, 2008
  • Cast: Ice Cube , Katt Williams , Tracy Morgan
  • Director: David E. Talbert
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: language, some sexual humor, and brief drug reference.
  • Last updated: July 3, 2023

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate