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Based on 8 Reviews
critic reviews (8)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Looking for plot holes? You can't miss them. But if you go in hoping for a good time, you'll find that, too. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A comedy-drama with alarming similarities to a relic from 1976, "Norman, Is That You?" In that film, Redd Foxx and Pearl Bailey were parents shocked to discover that their son was gay and living with a white lover. That's basically the same gimmick in this new film from writer-director Maurice Jamal. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The tone is good-natured enough to make a simple movie semi-watchable. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Jamal's comedy of family dysfunction is essentially a sitcom episode writ large; it's not subtle, but it's good-natured and hits its marks with ruthless efficiency. show more

  • 60
    Robert Koehler Variety

    Taking control of what would otherwise be a trite and preachy fable about the need for African American families to accept their gay brethren, Devine builds a jolly and touching character from the stock figure of a Georgia mom coming to terms with her disaffected gay son. show more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times

    Overwritten and under-directed by Maurice Jamal, the movie contains several honest moments but remains too awash in clichés and stereotypes to take seriously. show more

  • 50
    The New York Times

    Mr. Jamal’s direction ranges from clumsy to competent, and the film’s overwhelming desire to be loved blunts any edge it might have had. show more

  • 40
    L.A. Weekly

    Cheesy crockpot of a film. show more

  • January 09, 2013 Margaret Ferrer
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    I love this movie,its so funny, its so many family. I cant wait to see part 2

  • May 22, 2008 musicteach
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    I just saw Dirty Laundry and enjoyed it. Although it is obviously low budget (what is the average budget a black film can get from studios???) the story is endearing. The "coming out" aspect is only one part of the "dirty laundry". (And, it is important because of the conservative view of in many black communities of the gay lifestyle.) However, it is essentially a story about a family healing. Loretta Devine is, as always, Divine. The young man playing the little boy is adorable. There is a church scene that many people attending African American churches can relate too. As a church musician, I certainly could. Anyway, it's a slice of black culture that others may not "get" or understand. I was thoroughly entertained.

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