Kingdom Come (2001)

DOUG McHENRY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 2001.  Bates Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Turman-Morrissey Company.  Screenplay by , , based on their play Dearly Departed.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Even for a comedy about death this one feels awfully glum. Whoopi Goldberg 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.

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