Kingdom Come

Synopsis: This family has issues! When mean and surly Bud Slocumb keels over at breakfast, his family gathers for the wake and funeral: long-suffering widow Raynelle, unemployed son Junior who's cheating on his wife Charisse, son Ray Bud who holds a job and has a loving wife, Lucille, but struggles with alcoholism and with their difficulty having children. There's younger daughter Delightful, who constantly eats; religious Aunt Marguerite and her wayward son Royce; and, there's Juanita, their wealthy cousin's wife. They all descend on the town of Lula, struggle to say something nice about Bud, and face the challenge of sorting out their relationships with the living.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Doug McHenry
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min


Good morning, Lula. This is the

Reverend Beverly H. Hooker.

Temperatures up around 99.

Now let's get things started

with the Heaven on a Hookup cycle.

Bud, we got a letter

from your sister this morning.

- I ain't reading it.

- Fine.

- I'll read it.

- I ain't listening.

That's fiine too.

You don't even have to listen.

"Dear brother and Raynelle:

I was expecting

to see you at services Sunday...

...but I guess there was

something good on TV. Again.

- I know you love that wrestling."

- Damn straight.

"I wonder if they'll

have TVin hell.

I heard Junior's business

went belly-up.

When will your son learn?"

She should talk. One in the pen,

another on the way.

"I think both our sons could learn

something from Buster's boy.

Saturday he mowed the front yard...

...the side yard and them

three acres behind the house.

His birthday is coming up... I gave him three dollars

instead of the usual two.

That's about all the news for now.

I'm coming over

Sunday after services.

One of you, Bud...

...needs to get right with the Lord.

And I'm the lady for the job.

We're gonna spend the whole

day singing...

...and praying until

we wear you down.

Like it says in 2 Peter 3:8:

'One day is with the Lord

as a thousand years.'

Your loving sister, Marguerite."

Well, Bud.

What did you think of that?


Aw, hell no.

Oh, you're not getting off

that easy.

- Good God, Mama!

- Did you take the Lord's name in vain?

- What the hell do you want?

- Don't talk filth!

Are you still in bed?

Why aren't you looking for a job?

Because it's 7:
00 in the morning!

You wouldn't happen

to be suffering from a hangover?

Are you laid up there

with some harlot?

Wake up, harlot! What time is it?

You hear me?

Mama, what do you want?

I just thought you should know...

...your Uncle Bud...

...he passed this morning.

I'm sorry to hear that, Mama.

How's Aunt Raynelle doing?

How you think she's doing?

Her husband just dropped dead... the middle of

one of my letters.

Imagine that.

So we need to go over there

and give them some comfort.

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

What do you mean, "we"?

You're turning

your back on your family?

Can't someone else come get you?

Call Junior or Ray Bud.

They have too much to do.

And I would just die...

...if my own son...

...didn't want to take me

to comfort my brother's widow.

Or maybe I should walk to Lula

in this heat.

Or just drop dead from heat stroke!

Okay, Mama, okay already.

When do you want to go?

When do you think?

Next month?

Get your worthless self

over here now.

Bud won't keep long in this heat.

Reverend, are you sure you don't

want a ham? I've got three.

No, thank you. That's kind of you.

It must be a blessing...

...having your daughter with you

in your bereavement.

Yes, it is.

- You've met Delightful, haven't you?

- Yes, I believe I have.

She's so precious to me.

I can see why.

Being that brother Bud wasn't a

regular member of the church...

...I was hoping you'd tell me

a little about him...

...that I can include in my remarks.

In your own words,

what kind of man was brother Bud?


...he was mean.

- Mean?

- Mean as a snake.

- I see.

- And surly.


Sister, I didn't know

brother Slocumb well.

But to me he seemed...

...a quiet man.

A man of inner strength.

A man who knew his own mind...

...and was at peace with the world.

A wise, noble, gentle man.

Well, you didn't know him

until he got old and sick.

But he was mean,

and he was right surly.

Sister, in my experience,

it's best... remember the happier times.

Well, they were few and far between.

Let me explain something to you,


After my two boys were born,

I decided to go back to church.

And once we went

to a revival meeting.

And I got saved.

And I was so happy.

I came rushing back to tell Bud.

He hit the ceiling.

Cursed me out real good.

And I said, "Bud!

This is your immortal soul.

If you don't go

to that revival meeting... will be in danger."

He wouldn't have it.

So I said, "Well...

...if that's how you feel...

...I'm just gonna

cut you off altogether."

- I beg your pardon?

- Not so much... a warm handshake in 20 years.

Except for that one time.

Well, I believe I have all the

information I'm gonna need.

I don't know what I'm gonna say.

Lord knows how I'll get through it.

The humiliation of knowing

Daddy Bud died...

...knowing you never made

nothing of yourself.

It'll be sad to think that...

...Daddy knew we sold everything... move into that trailer to

pay off that dream of yours.

Set that to music, Charisse...'ll make everyone cry.

I was just stating the facts, Junior.

I loved him like my own daddy.

You know something, Junior?

I was just thinking

your family never liked me.


They're looking down at us

just having a good old laugh.

Who ever thought of a machine

that cleans parking lots? Really!

All our money right down the crapper.


Just gone.

Damn it, boy! Damn shoe.

Walk around

with one on your foot now.

You know, I could have been

a professional.

- I had talent.

- Talent?

Let me tell you something else,

Mr. Funnyman...

...I could have been lap-tied

to your cousin Teddy Wayne...

...and been the wife of a lawyer.

You're pushing it.

But I couldn't think about myself.

I had to listen to my heart

and marry a fool.

Who spent all our money

on his dream.

- I'm gonna kill us, Charisse.

- Oh, please!

- I'm gonna kill us.

- You ain't gonna kill nobody.

I'm gonna kill us!

Shut up! Just shut up!

My daddy just died.

I'm 33 years old, I'm dead broke,

I've got no money...

...three kids and worst of all

I'm married to you.

Now just shut it up!

I swear before God,

one more word about parking lots...

...I will kill you, and me too.

You got that?

Do you got that?

You'll have to buy some bullets first.

Put that thing away.

Put it away!

How dare you pull that out

in front of these kids?

You know your daddy was just playing.

He really love us...

...he just goes through something

sometimes. Right, baby?

Y'all play nice, now.

I'm trying to make

funeral arrangements.

Ray's family will

probably ride in the hearse.

So tell Antoine...

Oh, he does?

What if one of us drove it?

Ray Bud's a good driver.

Let's toss him on a truck.

I've gotta let you go, okay?

I got family coming

and nothing to eat.

So I'll stop by later, okay?

And we'll work out the details.

Thanks, Merline.

What are you thanking her for?

Damn thieves!


Antoine and Merline are grave robbers.

Now, Ray, let's just stay calm.

And why is Daddy at Depew's anyway?

Slocumbs always go to Patterson's.

I don't know, but

it's what your mom wanted.

It's revenge.

I'm right where he wants me.

What do you mean?

Antoine Depew. "P.U." Depew?

Remember that?

- You started that?

- It followed him all through school.

Ray, you're talking crazy.

You know how I hate funerals, Lucille.

People asking how you feel.

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David Dean Bottrell

David Dean Bottrell is an American actor, comedian and screenwriter best known for playing the creepy and homicidal Lincoln Meyer on 8 episodes of the ABC television series Boston Legal. Known for his quirky characterizations, he started his career in New York, working at such theatres as the Second Stage, the Public Theater, the Manhattan Punch Line and regionally at the Long Wharf Theatre and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. His television work includes guest starring roles on And the Band Played On, Head of the Class, JAG, Caroline in the City, Mad About You, Dharma & Greg, Days of Our Lives, Ugly Betty, Criminal Minds, iCarly, Castle, Bones, Harry's Law, NCIS, Justified, Mad Men, Longmire, Modern Family, Law & Order: SVU, Rectify and The Blacklist. He also co-wrote (with Jessie Jones) the off-Broadway play Dearly Departed, which he and Jones later adapted into a film version titled Kingdom Come, starring Whoopi Goldberg, LL Cool J and Jada Pinkett Smith, produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures.Bottrell has written about his experiences in the entertainment industry for the Huffington Post, Backstage, and MetroSource magazine. His short film, Available Men premiered in the 2006 HBO Comedy Festival and went on to win 17 awards on the film festival circuit. On stage, he was one of the original cast members of both the Los Angeles and New York companies of the long-running comedy revue, Streep Tease: An Evening of Meryl Streep Monologues performed by an All-Male Company in which he performed his critically acclaimed 6-minute rendition of the entire plot of Out of Africa.In the summer of 2011, Bottrell (who is openly gay) performed his comedic one-man show, David Dean Bottrell Makes Love: A One-Man Show to sold out houses at the Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles. In 2012, his second one-man show, David Dean Bottrell is Working played a five-week sold out run at the Acme Theatre in Hollywood. Bottrell has taught acting at UCLA and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (both the New York and Los Angeles campuses). He is also one of the producers of Sci-Fest, the first annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, held annually in May. more…

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