When her husband keels over from a stroke, Raynelle Slocumb calls the entire clan together to remember their dearly departed. Family tensions reach a comedic boil as the wildly dysfunctional Slocumbs squabble and fight their way to the funeral.
"Kingdom Come" is a warts-and-all portrait of the Slocumbs, a quarrelsome clan living somewhere in the suburbs of Los Angeles, who come together around the sudden death of a coldhearted family patriarch whom no one remembers with much fondness. As the film lurches jovially between low vaudeville farce and teary-eyed pathos, it's easy to see why this essentially serious comedy feels compelled to flail in so many directions at once. For in its heart of hearts this portrait of a troubled African-American is a realistic, downbeat drama of people struggling for a living and of generational and marital strife aggravated by economic hardship. — Stephen Holden
2001-04-11 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Kingdom Come