Alcon Entertainment, Burg/Koules Productions, Cube Vision

Bow Wow, Brandon T Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Loretta Devine, Ice Cube, Keith David, Terry Crews, Mike Epps, Charlie Murphy, Bill Bellamy

Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) picks all the right numbers in the mega lottery. Unfortunately, it’s a long July 4th weekend and he has to hold on to the ticket till the office opens on Monday. Attempting to keep it a secret doesn’t work very well, and suddenly everyone wants to be his friend. Besides everyone looking for money for this and that, or just wanting to have a baby dad with 370 Million dollars, Kevin is surrounded by new challenges. A preacher who’s looking for an upgrade, a mobster who wants to be his new best friend, and a thug who just going out of prison and just wants the ticket whatever the cost. Of course Kevin has a few friends too. The wacky sidekick, the smart girl who gives him good advice, and a old boxer Thump (Ice Cube) because he makes a thump when he hits the canvas, who everyone thinks is crazy or a serial killer. If Kevin can survive till Monday, he might get the money, but he’s about as likely to die trying to make it to Monday as it is.

This is a mildly humorous film, but has a few problems. First of all, I’m not sure Mr. Bow Wow is ready to hold the lead in a whole movie like this. He seems pretty green and is not yet a very good actor. Ice Cube is a veteran, but has very little to do in this film, and it’s great when he’s on screen, but it’s not enough to keep it rolling. A few of the other characters are good, but mostly it’s pretty amateurish. There is a lot of stuff that doesn’t really progress the film anywhere and it seems like it’s stalling for quite a while, then wraps up in a big hurry. The big showdown is pretty underwhelming and seems way underdone. I don’t think these guys are going to give up after one beat down. Bad guys don’t operate that way. There is no incentive for not taking Kevin and his money if they want. But suddenly it’s major crisis then instantly happy ending and we all live happily ever after. Somehow I didn’t buy it. If you’re a fan of Tyler Perry or the urban “projects” humor films you’ll probably enjoy this a lot. Otherwise, it’s a nice watch and is as I said in the beginning, mildly humorous. Not great or a classic by any stretch, but entertaining none the less. I’m not blown away with it, but it’s not bad.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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