Kingdom Come


(out of 5)

Even for a comedy about death this one feels awfully glum.  plays the matriarch of an extended family whose members turn inside out when their “Mean and Surly” grandfather dies, leaving two sons (, ) to deal with the problems that have divided them for too many years.  (in a surprisingly disappointing performance) and  (who tries to be charming but ends up going over the top) play their wives. The film’s best moments come from the very funny  as the ultra religious and highly exasperated aunt whose dresses always match her Bible.  Beyond that the film has no real moments of tenderness, no exposition of character depth, nor much payoff in the end. Considering it is Goldberg’s first major role in almost four years, one would hope the writers would have given her something meatier to work with.

Bates Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Turman-Morrissey Company

USA, 2001

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , based on their play Dearly Departed

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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