When trousers fall down to reveal brightly-coloured underwear, any comedy is instantly revealed as low-brow, yet this vehicle for ex-rapper Ice Cube written, directed and produced by his old promo director friend David E Talbert is supposed to be spiritually uplifting.
Motivated by his desire to be a good father to his son, Durrell (Cube) and his fellow urban crime loser LeeJohn (Tracy 30 Rock Morgan) decide to rob a church where a large charity drive has left a large cash sum in the safe. Things don’t quite go to plan and soon the small time criminals have turned detective. But can they win the hearts and minds of the whole congregation, particularly cleavage-heavy pastor’s daughter Tianna (Malinda Williams)?
After his XXX2 and Are We There/Done Yet? debacles, any lingering notion of Cube as a badass is finally negated by First Sunday’s cheesy account of spiritual conversion. The only lively note comes from comic Katt Williams’ freaky performance as a choir-director, but even he can’t rise above the blatant stereotyping on show. With a sullen hero who scowls through his goatee throughout like Lionel Ritchie passing a gallstone, First Sunday adds up to nothing more than a bad day for Ice Cube, and an even worse day for the audience.
General release from Fri 28 Mar.