Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Good cast can't save stereotype-laden comedy.
  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 113 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

RJ learns that his real family, despite its flaws, is better than his fake Hollywood lifestyle. Bianca is obsessed with her image and "winning" but ultimately gets her comeuppance. Otis tells RJ he may not have a lot of money, but he feels rich nonetheless. All of that said, the movie does reinforce/perpetuate some stereotypes about African Americans.


Several of the siblings get into fights with RJ. One fight leaves him with a swollen bruise and the other literally bloody lipped. RJ accidentally hits his mom with a baseball.


RJ and Bianca are shown from the shoulders up during sex. Fifi and Bucky (two dogs) are shown doing the deed and later cuddling. Reggie sees Betty naked in the shower and makes off-color references to her "bundle of black meat." Bianca reveals her shaved pubic area to RJ, but the audience doesn't see anything. Reggie and his girlfriend are dressed like a cowboy and cowgirl late at night, obviously as part of foreplay. Other characters kiss and fool around. A few condoms spill out of Betty's cleavage before she heads out to do "Christian mission" work with the imprisoned.


One "f--k," several uses each of "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "titty," and "bastard." The "N" word and "negro" are used by African-American characters.


Some of the featured brands include Mac laptop, Budweiser beer, Cadillac Escalade, Range Rover, Survivor, Access Hollywood.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Plenty of beer at the family reunion, as well as spiked punch (even the pregnant sister-in-law drinks it), wine, and champagne.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that despite this family-reunion comedy's heartwarming message about remembering your roots and embracing your family, there are many raunchy jokes about sex -- including a scene of two dogs doing the deed. There's also plenty of foul language ("s--t," one use of "f--k," the "N" word), some of which is used in front of the characters' parents and other elders. Adult siblings bicker and get into fistfights, and there's a fair amount of social drinking (at one point, a pregnant woman drinks spiked punch).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJim B. March 30, 2017

Good for the whole family

I enjoyed this movie because while we are so divided as a nation right now this movie emphasized the importance of family. Saw this movie 9 years after it was r... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 and 14-year-old Written bychristian_mom June 23, 2009


I have never given a review here before, but am VERY concerned about the review on commonsensemedia.org on this particular movie. I count on your site religiou... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTotally500 December 11, 2011

Welcome home and laugh

This movie was so funny and hystericial at the same time really funny scenes and lots of mishap of of the best comedy movies ive ever seen!
Kid, 9 years old June 7, 2010

Kinda OK for tweens, perfect for adults

I like this movie. It's pretty good. I watched it with my dad last night. Although the language and sexual content wasn't very appropriate for my age.... Continue reading

What's the story?

Director Malcolm D. Lee assembled a first-rate cast to star in family-reunion comedy WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS. Martin Lawrence headlines as RJ Stephens, a Dr. Phil-like talk-show host who returns to his family's Georgia home for the first time in nine years to celebrate his parents' 50th anniversary (Poppa is James Earl Jones; Mamma is Margaret Avery). Despite the presence of his gorgeous celebrity fiance Bianca (Joy Bryant), RJ is still the picked-on little brother to unimpressed siblings Otis (Michael Clarke Duncan) and Betty (Mo'Nique) and cousin Clyde (Cedric the Entertainer). The celebratory weekend turns into a mess when RJ can't come to terms with the family that playfully belittled him growing up.

Is it any good?

With so many talented actors, it's a shame that the movie's script has so many stereotypes. There's the no-good, hustlin' cousin, the big and loud sister, the patient and loving Mamma, and even the morbidly overweight kids. With a lesser cast, the comedy would have been unwatchable, but the able actors do what they can with the surprisingly limited script. By the time two dogs start going at it, there's nothing that even Oscar nominees like Jones and Avery can do to elevate the movie from forgettable mediocrity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the stereotypes depicted in the film. What parts of the movie do you think play up/reinforce stereotypes? How? Is it more OK for someone from a particular group to play up stereotypes of the same group than it is for someone outside the group to do the same thing? Why or why not?

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