The Honeymooners

Release Date: June 10, 2005
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Cedric is pretty happy with his upcoming movie schedule.

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The classic television series The Honeymooners is a well-loved favorite amongst fans of old-time television. The combination of Jackie Gleason as cranky bus driver Ralph Kramden with the comedy stylings of Art Carney as his best friend, bumbling sanitation worker Ed Norton was truly winning. Their female counterparts, Audrey Meadows as Alice and Joyce Randolph as Trixie were equally vital to the show's success. Despite Ralph's constant anger and tantrums, in the end, he was always a loyal friend and husband to the end, and his frequent endearing phrase, "Baby, you're the greatest" is oft-repeated by people who sometimes might not even be aware what they're quoting.

Now, that series will be re-imagined with an eye to the 21st century. The always-hilarious Cedric the Entertainer will portray Ralph, while Mike Epps (Resident Evil: Apocalypse) takes on the role of Ed. Gabrielle Union has the Alice role, and Regina Hall (Scary Movie 2 & 3) will play Trixie.

Ralph is still a working-class bus driver in New York City, and he's always looking for new get-rich schemes to carry out with his best friend, sewer worker Ed. Their wives, Alice and Trixie, are waitresses to whom they've been married for only a few years.

Much like Ralph, Alice is also a dreamer. However, while his aspirations tend more toward the luxurious, she yearns for simpler, more realistic things. Alice's dream is to buy the corner unit of an old brick Victorian brownstone that is owned by one of the elderly diners who frequents her diner. In order to make a bid, Alice must come up with $20,000 as a down payment. Trouble is, she's not the only person interested in buying. A man named Davis is looking to buy the property so that he can put a Starbucks there.

As a result, Ralph schemes to get the money - not so much to help Alice, really, but more to fulfill his ambitions of living easy and free. He and Norton work through two "ca-razy" ideas so that they can get the money. In the end, will Ralph be able to put Alice's hopes and desires ahead of his own? (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Honeymooners
Main Cast Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Gabrielle Union
Supporting Cast Regina Hall, Eric Stoltz, John Leguizamo
Director John Schultz
Screenwriter Barry Blaustein, David Sheffield, David Friendly, Marc Jacobson, Don Rhymer
Distributor Paramount
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 85 minutes
Screen Count 1,912
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