Yes, sometimes people do return to their families. There are different reasons why they got away from it and there are different reasons why they get back. I think most of you will agree that abandoning family for whatever reasons isn‘t right (the same way it isn‘t right for a family to abadon one of its members), however, sadly these things happen. The light comedy „Welcome home Roscoe Jenkins“ is a very teaching movie, showing that people don‘t have anything more precious than their families.
Roscoe Jenkins is a TV persona, rich and famous who is engaged to a reality show winner, he has a son. He turned his unsuccessful past into motivational movement. He thinks that success is having as much money and being able to buy anything you want, and that money can replace attention. Roscoe is kind of estranged from his family and he estranged his son – Jamal from his family too. It‘s sad because the boy needs family, he needs his grandparents not be or feel alone. And it shows us that family support is vital for each one of us even though sometimes we deny it.
As Roscoe comes to visit his family for his parent‘s anniverssary he faces the nightmare from his past – cousin Clyde who used to beat Roscoe at everything. Moreover, Clyde comes with Lucinda former love interest of Roscoe. What is more, Roscoe again faces all this humiliation he used to face back in the days when everybody used to tease him and make fun of him and all this makes him feel apart from the family again. He again feels like his family, especially dad, loves more Clyde than their own son. And again this competing relationship between Roscoe and Clyde arise even though they both are adults who could simply talk things through. But no, they prefer to crazy race and see who wins. They behave as children.
Roscoe felt this kind of vexation for entire of his life. And once he decided to spill it all out to his father. I think he did the right thing, you can‘t hold these things inside yourself. But the way he said it and under what circumstances wasn‘t right. It all just hurt his dad. It‘s difficult.
Roscoe‘s fiancee Bianca only makes him more estranged from his family and self observed. She only cares about fame and ratings. Not about Roscoe or his son, or their well being. Even when Roscoe starts again competeting with his cousin she insits on winning no matter what (even giving up helping his son which was so awful for a father to do). She wasn‘t the woman who could bring the family together, she was the one who would break family apart. Plus, this Bianca character is so hysterical and annoying.
However, her character shows greatly how people misunderstand marriage. They think that marriage is the same thing as wedding. Or that the bigger and fancier the wedding is the better marriage will be. Marriage is not wedding and the amount of money you spend on a wedding does not guarantee you a happy marriage.
So, big families can be both fun and embarassing at times. It‘s not bad it‘s just the way things are when family consists of lots of people. That‘s how I see it because I come not from a big family. But despite all that, when you love your family there is nothing you couldn‘t do for it.
The film was both funny (there were so many those akward moments) and sad, touching, making you overthink certain things about yourself, your family and how you treat it. However, what made this film really funny was Roscoe‘s sister Betty (Mo’Nique)- she was so hilarious and of course Roscoe (Martin Lawrence).