Eddie Murphy is Back in First Trailer for Heartfelt Drama 'Mr. Church'

August 11, 2016
Source: YouTube

Mr. Church Trailer

"You gave me the most important thing that life can offer - you gave me a family." Cinelou Releasing has debuted an official trailer for the heartfelt drama Mr. Church, starring Eddie Murphy as a talented cook named Henry Joseph Church - based on a real person. This isn't a comedy, though it starts out with some light humor, it's actually a drama with some strong emotions - Mr. Church was a chef for a family in Los Angeles in the 1960s & 70s that had a mother ill with cancer. The film also stars Britt Robertson (from Tomorrowland) as well as Natascha McElhone, Lucy Fry, Christian Madsen, and Xavier Samuel. Fun fact - Samuel Jackson was originally going to star, but Murphy replaced him after scheduling conflicts. This looks charming, maybe not the best film you'll see all year, but a sweet and touching story. Have a look.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Bruce Beresford's Mr. Church, direct from YouTube:

Mr. Church Poster

Mr. Church tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church (Eddie Murphy). What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans fifteen years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever. Mr. Church is directed by veteran Oscar-nominated, Australian filmmaker Bruce Beresford, of many films including Crimes of the Heart, Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies, Last Dance, Double Jeopardy, The Contract, Mao's Last Dance, and Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding most recently. The screenplay is written by author Susan McMartin, based on her own life story. The film first premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Cinelou Releasing will open Mr. Church in theaters starting September 16th this fall. Anyone interested?

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  • David Diaz
    Looks like a heart warming film
    I'm in and I really need to stop chopping these onions....
  • An Eddie Murphy murphy that doesn't look like complete turdola. That's good.
      One day I will get my poster of PLUTO NASH framed and hang it above my turlet.
  • Feeding Miss Daisy
  • RAW_D
    It looks like a "feel good" movie, but damn if that trailer pretty much spelled everything out from start to finish. This trailer gave us the whole movie in 2:25! And that awful narrative wasn't necessary....terrible trailer for a probably pretty sweet natured movie. And nice to see Eddie Murphy doing something a bit warmer and less ridiculous than previous films.
  • kitano0
    Welcome back Mr. Murphy...Britt Robertson's star continues to ascend.
  • Bo
    Oh man...another feel good, maudlin, sentimental someone died boo hoo movie; plus with Eddie Murphy? Surely you jest! Big pass here.
  • shiboleth
    Well, it seems like Eddie Murphy is learning how is to age. Everybody has to do it. Luckily for him, he seems to have learned something about it. And I am glad Natascha McElhone is in it. Interesting appearance, with those big eyes, and the smile...
  • fatjitsu
    So is Eddie Murphy playing the Magical Negro trope now? Sure looks like it.
    It is crazy to me that people hid their illnesses from their kids back then. I know it still happens to some degree now, but my mother had the same thing happen to her when her mother got cancer. It is crazy! // Murphy looks super solid.
  • Looks sweet. Hopefully doesn't come off as a Lifetime special.
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