Tyler Perrys Why Did I Get Married?

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +2

Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Jill Scott, Denise Boutte, Malik Yoba, Lamman Rucker. Comedy/drama. Written & directed by Tyler Perry.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Four African-American couples gather at a mountain cabin for a vacation/marriage renewal retreat. One couple lost a child and blames each other. One couple has been cheating on one another, shes a drunk, hes a wimp, and both have VD. Another couple also has issues; shes overweight and hes brought his girlfriend (oh, hes a real nice guy). And the last couple, well, shes just too busy to meet his needs. Theres some drinking, theres some socializing and theres a whole lot of arguing.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Theres a dose of faith here, and several discussions about doing the right thing there, but as with all of Mr. Perrys productions (hes played Media, the granny with an attitude, in several of his films), the characters are more cartoonish than fully realized, and the story excessive where I think the filmmaker meant to be profound. That said, I congratulate the filmmaker for filling a niche. He sees the value of bringing spiritual matters into his stories. Whats more, there is improvement with each production and though I sometimes wish he was more subtle with his content, whether it be comic crudity or attempts at profundity, Tyler Perry is the only moviemaker who incorporates the gospel message within each of his productions.

Allow me to explain why this review was so late. Mr. Perry does not like critics and because of the opening support his productions get, he doesnt feel required to allow us to preview his work. While this seems logical (he is very wealthy and attendance to his movies is high), still, critiquing films is a part of the movie-releasing mix. Moviemaking is an artistic endeavor; therefore it must be examined. While few filmmakers pay heed to the reviewers insights, they owe their audience the right to be informed.

Despite his popularity, Mr. Perry needs to start listening to others. Anyone who thinks hes a one man army (he writes, directs, produces, acts in, all his productions) can easily fall into the same ego trap Charlie Chaplin and Jerry Lewis did. Though a filmmaker has a vision of how he or she wants the film to look, its a communal artistry and functions best when you allow pros in each trade to do what they do best. Though egocentric moviemakers end up wealthy, their petulance and egomania do the art form a disservice.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: A few crude sexual terms.

Obscene Language: Though the script is devoid of harsh language, there are many expletives (hell, damn, ass).

Profanity: Oh my God and Oh Jesus are heard around ten times.

Violence: A woman hits a man with a wine bottle, knocking him out; a man becomes angry learning his wife has cheated on him and starts to choke her before others pull him off her; a drunk woman becomes violent towards another woman.

Sex: More talk than action.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several sexual discussions.

Drugs: Most of the group drink socially, but one of the characters has a drinking problem.

Other: None

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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