Dirty Laundry

Synopsis: After ten years, Sheldon returns from New York City to Paris, Georgia. His mother Evelyn, a laundress who is stubborn, ornery, opinionated, mean-spirited, insulting, and inflexible, has sent a ten-year-old boy who says he's Sheldon's son up to see Sheldon. Sheldon comes home to straighten things out. Old arguments flare up - between mother and son and between brothers. Sheldon wants no part of fatherhood or family. Then, someone else from New York shows up at Evelyn's door, bringing a new set of challenges. Will this family ever stop airing its dirty laundry? And what of Sheldon: where is his pride? Can he, in the words of James Baldwin, go where his blood beats and live the life he has?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Maurice Jamal
Production: BiggerEpic
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

[Helicopter Whirring]

[Birds Chirping]

So I ain't sure if it's

the right thing to do...

but I was hoping you would help

me out just this one last time.


Boy, where you at?

I'll be back later.

I promise.

Dang it. I ain't never

gonna get this right.

Come on, boy. Let's go.

Hurry up.

Sorry I'm late. I was moving as fast as I could.

Come on. Get in. Get in.

[Man Narrating] I suppose any great novel

should start at the beginning.

In this case, the beginning

would be hard to determine.

Does a story start with the introduction

of the main character?

Or maybe it begins with the origin

of the central conflict.

In any case, here's my great American story

and the way it starts.




My God.

Hey, excuse me?

Could you please turn

on the air conditioner?

- Don't work.

- Oh, that's not good.

- Some chicken?

- Uh, no, thank you.

- Egg?

- No.

I hope we, uh,

make it with no problem.

Got me a sour stomach.

Used to think it was

that acid reflux...

or, you know, too many fried foods.

Tried all them antacids- Pepto-

Then I found out I had I.B.S.

That's a real condition too.

Oh, yes. I'd say it's

a real bad condition.

Lookee here, lookee here.

Whoa. Uh, excuse me, sir.

Do you really think that's a good idea?

Hold on, young'un.

I know what I'm doing.

Oh, yeah. Yeah.


There's all kinds of peppers.

You got red peppers

and bell peppers and...

you got jalapeno peppers

and banana peppers.

Banana peppers. I'm telling you.

More peppers than you can shake a stick at.

Oh, yeah.




That's what I'm talkin'

about right there.


And then you got your pepper steak.

That's not a real pepper,

but that's just steak with peppers on it.

Oh, boy.

Yep. There you go.

Davis house.

Here. Take these in.

Tell her I'll pick 'em up on Saturday.

- Okay, Mr. Percy.

- Thank you, Gabriel.

Here. I'll take these.

[Woman Singing, Indistinct]

Do you know that boy?

Small town.

Everybody knows everybody.

- Huh.

- Welcome home, boy.

[Singing Ends]

Hello! Hello!

- Ugh.

- [Woman] Gabriel, is that you?


Oh, my God. Sheldon.


[Both Laughing]

Look at you!

Oh, my God!

Dear Lord, look- look at you!

- Look at you.

- Oh, this is great.

Not quite.

Oh. Hey, little man, how you doing?

- Good.

- Good.

Oh, Sheldon, it's been so long.

Jackie, where's Mom?

All right.

Okay. Come on.

- [Gabriel] Grandma! Grandma!

- Little man!

Oh, little man! Come give your grandma a hug!

Oh, look at my boy!

- How was your trip?

- Great! I took a plane and everything.

- You took a plane.

- Hello, Mother.

Oh, I knew you'd like that.


Mama, it's Sheldon.

Ain't you gonna say something?

I'm so proud of you, baby.

I am.

You sent him on a plane...

by himself.

You sent him on a plane.

Boy, don't speak to me in that tone.

- Come on, baby.

- [Gabriel] Okay.

Come on. Let's go upstairs.

You can tell me all about your trip. Okay?

- So?

- So?

Well, what's going on?

Why would you send a young man

like that by himself?

He is a smart boy.

He can take care of hisself.

Looks to me like he did all right.

- What's wrong with you?

- Excuse me?

- What's wrong with you?

- What are you asking me, Sheldon?

Know what?

From now on, my name is Patrick.

Okay? Call me Patrick from now on.

You were born Sheldon.

Your name is Sheldon.

What in the world were you

thinking? Who is that kid?

He's a boy who needs

to know his daddy.

Excuse me?

I am not his daddy.

- You think you know everything.

- Well, I know that that kid is not my son!

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