Mr. Church

7.71 h 45 min2016X-RayPG-13
A dying woman is given the gift of a talented cook to assist her and her daughter for a six month period; however, the food and friendships that form last a lifetime.
Bruce Beresford
Britt RobertsonEddie MurphyLucy Fry
English [CC]
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Natasha McElhoneMcKenna GraceNatalie CoughlinNatascha McElhoneXavier SamuelMadison WolfeLincoln MelcherKathleen McMartinChristian Madsen
Courtney SolomonMark CantonLee NelsonDavid Buelow
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4.8 out of 5 stars

21041 global ratings

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Luke Massman-JohnsonReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Eddie & Britt are wonderful, subtle, moving. True story of family, love, loss, friendship is beautiful, rich, and gentle.
If you check Mr Church at Rotten Tomatoes you'll notice something truly unusual. 26 professional critics gave it low marks, but almost 100 times that number of actual viewers like you and me gave it overwhelmingly positive reviews. What does that tell you? If you're a film critic, you tried too hard to interpret a sensational / intellectual / academic / societal story of race in this simple tale of friendship. But if, like me, you're a movie lover who appreciates a story that unfolds at the pace of a good book, then you'll really appreciate this beautiful, personal story, set in the sepia-toned 70's about a very special and unlikely friendship. Eddie took a huge risk returning to the big screen in a role that lets him flex his subtlety and on-screen presence in a way we've never seen before. (I strongly suspect this is the beginning of a dramatic (literally) re-entry into the industry for him). And Britt Robertson is tremendously mature and has great presence in this delicate role. Bathed in gorgeous cinematography and paired with a perfectly matched period jazz soundtrack, this story of family, loss, love and friendship is beautiful, rich, gentle, and moving. So ignore the dime-a-dozen online movie critics who cynically injected the 'magical negro' controversy into a story that was written from a place of love and respect, based on a true-to-life story, and never intended to symbolize or solve the wrenching issues of race that persist today. Stop thinking so much ... relax and enjoy!
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Phil B.Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie with Great Actors, Great Story, and Great Soundtrack, great, great, great!
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If you are looking for this movie to be a comedy because of its leading actor Eddie Murphy and his history of being in comedies, or a movie where there are many special effects, or Eddie appearing as multiple characters at once; well this is not it. If you are looking for an entertaining movie that that you can be pulled into the story by its characters, then this movie is it. You can sit back and relax by yourself or whomever, including children, and simply enjoy this movie from beginning to end. Like an onion, this movie has many layers they get peeled away disclosing secrets to the story line that you can't help yourself smiling from. For me, there were countless times in which I reacted with emotion to the story and from the acting; emotions ranging from from smiles to being choked in almost crying, some of you may simply do so; characteristics of a great movie without the need for special effects. One thing I will say about the story from reading others reviews, yes there are some holes in the story that leave you asking questions as it progresses with fast forwards in time, and my reaction is so what! There is a tremendous amount story telling that does go on that at the end, you just want to clap and stand up if this were a play. If you don't have the time to watch this movie now, then just add it to your watch list for viewing later, you won't be disappointed unless you are a film student or critic, then I guess it is your duty to find fault with everything.

Thank you Amazon for adding this to the Prime movie list and thank you Eddie Murphy for staring in it... a long way from your appearances in SNL and Beverly Hills Cop, Bravo.
251 people found this helpful
VicrobReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly Wonderful Film
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This is a wonderful story of love, loss, kindness, friendship and family. The critics who gave this movie low ratings because of their misperceptions about the story's "racial" undertones missed the mark completely...and did a great disservice to this film. This wasn't a story about a black man hired as a cook for a white family. Mr. Church, and the other characters in this film could have been played by actors of any race, but thankfully, we are treated to one of Eddie Murphy's best performances ever in this film.

This film is poignant at times, but also heartwarming. One of the best films I've seen in a while... Great for family's... even my 'tough guy' boyfriend enjoyed watching. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
170 people found this helpful
JKLAReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
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This was a very touching, well acted, beautifully shot family movie. It is slower in pace, but not boring. Its pace allows you to get to know the characters, rather than rush through superficially. I watched it with our 11 and 13yr old daughters and my husband. The story explores some deeper themes very tactfully; death of a parent, alcoholism, pregnancy out of wedlock, but also love, trust and family... even when family is not blood, but born through circumstance, friendship and respect. The movie made us smile, as well as, feel sadness and sympathy for the characters. I gave 4 stars, because the movie does make a couple of jumps in time and there are some themes that I'd liked to have seen further explored, but overall a heartwarming movie that I would highly recommend.
120 people found this helpful
charlie pellaReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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One of the best movies I've seen in a long, long time Brought me to tears several times.A must see.
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allarmindaReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love Can Be So Simple
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I could not have loved this movie more. Eddie Murphy was remarkable and Britt Robertson complemented him beautifully. I simply want to say, "I highly recommend this movie and everyone should watch it because everyone will love it!" and that is all :) To say it's heartwarming over-simplifies and unintentionally, I think, reduces the plot to just another sweet story. While it is heartwarming and sweet, this story offers us so much more as it gently and unassumingly shows us how easy it is to love -- because at our core that is all any of us are: love. And regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic background, we each only want to love and to be loved in return. Where and who is "home"? Where love resides.
63 people found this helpful
Norman E. BabbittReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful, heartfelt story transcending stereotypes.
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This film is a hidden gem. The critics panned it, because they viewed it within a very limited mental frame. The movie is really just about family, friendship and love and it is a small miracle of a film. For me, it is Eddie Murphy's best performance ever, and he gets to play a serious, dramatic role and does so with subtlety and versatility. All the cast and all the characters are wonderful. It is a beautiful, heartfelt story, that goes far beyond the outer appearance (which I find that critics often have a difficult time seeing past). I was both moved and impressed by how it transcended what could have been very stereotypical. A highlight of 2016 films.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Engaging story of how single mom daughter & their cook become a family
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Mr. Church was Eddie Murphy’s turn towards serious drama and he did a great job of it. The story focuses upon Mr. Church (Murphy) being the cook and care giver for a single mother Marie (Natascha McElhone) and her daughter Charlie (Britt Robertson). Marie is sick and Mr. Church becomes the bedrock of the family. Charlie is the narrator of the story.

The family goes through a series of ups and downs and keeps the story moving. There are a lot of heart warming and heart breaking moments. The film really focuses upon the bond that was formed between the three and how they cared for each other.

Murphy is great in his role. He’s very reserved with none of the joking around that made him famous. It also has some great scenes early on of him cooking and how food can bring different people together. The reaction of Charlie to his appearance when she was a little kid is also very funny.

Overall very good film and an unexpected role for Murphy.
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