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Class war meets "Cupid Shuffle"

Who's In It: Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, Julie Bowen, DeRay Davis, Valarie Pettiford, Mike Epps, Romeo Miller, Brian Stokes Mitchell

The Basics: At a posh wedding in the Hamptons, the extended families of the wealthy bride and the working class groom come to together to argue and toss insult grenades at each other over money, class differences, hot-button African-American cultural issues and whether or not biscuits and gravy are too "country" to serve at a wedding.

What's The Deal: Most comedies about socio-economic conflict wind up turning into Caddyshack. And that's fine. "Slobs vs Snobs" is a great comedic tradition, even if the plot complications are usually solved in some sort of sporting competition or high-society-food-fight. But this one wants to get deep. In fact, its biggest flaw is that it tries so hard, wanting to cram too much of everything into its nearly two hour running time. Family secrets, complicated interpersonal troubles, couple dynamics, ignorant-question-asking white people, God, chastity, masculinity, money, even the historical fact that some wealthy black families owned slaves--you name it and they want to air it, clean it, fold it, store it away and have everybody doing the "Cupid Shuffle" before the final credits roll. What saves it from overkill is that it's laugh out loud funny from start to finish.

MVPs: You wait around for great African-American actresses to get movie roles that aren't the same old one-note characters in a Tyler Perry movie and, then, suddenly, you get your wish. Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Tasha Smith and Valarie Pettiford own this movie and put every minute of their screen time to hilarious good use. Devine, especially, gets the first truly complex role she's had in a long time as the Postal Service employee mother of Laz Alonso. She's rude, unbending, manipulative, obsessed with her own hurt feelings, perpetually angry and really funny all at the same time. Meanwhile, in a physical altercation with another character Bassett proves once again--as if she had to after What's Love Got To Do With It--that slapping her around is kind of a bad idea.

Crazy IMDB Credits Of Cast Members You Might Have Never Heard Of: Brian Stokes Mitchell, who plays Angela Bassett's husband, is not only a Tony Award winning actor, but he also lent his voice to the New Kids On The Block animated series and the California Raisins. Oh, and Pettiford was Mariah Carey's drunk, house-burning, runaway mom in Glitter.


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