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Film / First Sunday

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First Sunday is a 2008 film starring Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan.

Durell and LeeJohn have always tried to stay under the radar, but they can never seem to help getting in trouble with the law. The local judge, tired of seeing them come through his courtroom, has informed them that their next infraction will land them serious time. When Durell finds out he has to come up with $17,000 or his ex will move his son halfway across the country, they devise a plan to steal the money from the local church collection. Things don't go as planned, and the church is hardly empty when they enter. The two find redemption in the kindness of their hostages.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Every illegal thing the boys attempt gets them landed in court again.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Rickey the choir director...and Lee John.
  • Disappeared Dad: Durell's entire motivation is to avoid becoming one.
  • Easily Forgiven: A justified example. The duo eventually win over the clergy but only after an hour of both parties being worn down emotionally.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Leejohn and Durrell turn over a new leaf right during the climax of the film.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Durell and LeeJohn.
  • Jerkass: The Deacon.
  • Left Hanging: Durell and LeeJohn's final confrontation with Blahka and his thugs ends with him allowing the former to go see his son, but promises they have unfinished business.
  • Male Gaze: Tianna's large rear end gets some dedicated camera time at two points in the film.
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  • Ms. Fanservice: Tianna
  • No Antagonist: The film really has no particular villain, as everyone has a good reason for doing things; Omunique wants to leave for Atlanta purely to save herself and Durell Jr from poverty, The Deacon wants to move to the suburbs so the Church can have a better image and be safe from crime and Blahka...well Blahka actually is a criminal. But he mostly just wanted to be reimbursed for the wheelchairs that were lost in the opening act.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Momma T gives a scathing one to Durell after his son calls him a second time.
  • Serious Business: Twelve chairs. Twelve hundred dollars each. You do the math.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Could apply to the entire group of hostages, save the Deacon.