Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Theatrical Release: February 8, 2008
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…

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Unmarried couple has premarital sex and it is partially shown; several sexual innuendos and comments; a scene of two dogs having sex.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-12; J(not sure)-1; F-1; H-19; S-20; D-20; A-26; B-12; P-1; SOB-1; Several slang terms for both male and female genitalia and for breasts; Several times African Americans called themselves Ni*ger.
Violence: Some fights including a sister and brother punching each other.
Drugs: Drinking; a few drug references.
Nudity: A lot of cleavage; a scene in which a woman's lower front is partially seen around the groin area.
Other: Materialistic father ignores son at times; sibling rivalry; the use of the middle finger; a woman says she is a Christian but leads a life in which she verbally and physically abuses people.


Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 114 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter