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The trailer pitches this as a madcap race-against-the-clock comedy,
and it is. What's surprising is the naturalism of the inner city
Section 8 setting, which rubs some grit into the laughs. Unlike the
Death at a Funeral remake, which blandified its all-star black cast
into a mirthless snooze, here we get standout set pieces from at least
three actors: Mike Epps devours everything else on screen in his
single appearance as a Reverend preaching the gospel of himself. Keith
David chews up and swallows everyone around him as the Godfather of
the Projects. And Ice Cube milks pathos out of his washed-up boxer
wannabe. In fact, everyone here is solid. I just wish the soundtrack
had been catchier. — Jeff Schultz

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