Why did I give Tyler Perry another $10… err Get Married Too

Several days before opening night I read a scathing review of Why Did I Get Married Too that set my expectations even lower than they generally are for a TP flick, so low that I had pretty much decided that I probably wasn’t going to bother to see it. But on Friday I was out with some of the girls from work on a spring arrival celebratory happy hour outing and someone got the brilliant idea to cap off the night with a viewing of Tyler Perry’s latest. My initial reaction was to reject the suggestion based on the scathing review I had just read, but a tiny part of me wanted to believe that it couldn’t possibly be as bad as they said.  Plus I like to see things with my own eyes before passing  judgment.  Besides there had to be some entertainment value in this movie …there just had to…and there was actually…but not all of it was in the ways I think Tyler Perry intended.

I’ll try to describe how I felt about Why Did I Get Married Too did without dropping too many spoilers lest I ruin a bunch of black folks Easter weekend.

Let’s start with the good.

There are some great messages about communication in marriage, and thanks to Perry’s subtle as a foghorn delivery you can’t miss them.

A lot of black actors and actresses got a paycheck.

Sharon Leal’s dress in the opening scene made me believe in style again.

Lemman Rucker’s fine self.

Despite closely resembling two balloons stapled to his chest Michael Jai White’s pectorals provided a welcome and much needed distraction from how contrived the dialoge was between the men in that post jet ski  ride scene early in the movie.

Unlike most of Tyler Perry’s movies this movie wasn’t laced with churchy excessively moralistic themes.

This movie brought out the biggest crowd of black people I’ve ever seen at one time in Friendship Heights.  Since I live in Montgomery County MD, I welcome anything that brings me into the presence of a lot of black people.

Now for everything else.

Maybe I just don’t have a strong enough suspension of disbelief switch to sit through a Tyler Perry movie and ignore all the things that just don’t make any sense to me.

Things that didn’t make sense to me in this movie include:

Jill Scott’s character’s ex from Why Did I Get Married showing up at the time share.

The way Tasha Smith’s character only knew one speaking volume.

How Jill Scott’s character could make the exact same mistake Bird made in Soul Food. Don’t movie characters watch movies too?

Ciciley Tyson’s wig.  That wig was just disrespectful to our elders.

Janet Jackson’s and Malik Yoba’s characters relationship and all the melodrama that ensued. Perhaps some character development would have helped me out here.

Scene's that made me say why????

Tyler Perry playing a man. Even though I honestly don’t think Tyler Perry is gay,  he’s incredibly unbelievable to me as a straight man. I don’t understand why that’s the way it is but it just is.

Aside from a lot of things just not making sense to me and Tyler Perry’s complete inability to make use of nuance to deliver a message it seemed like TP just got a little lazy when he wrote this one.  But then again if I think back to every other movie he ever made  I suppose they all seem a little lazy so maybe my less than stellar impression of this movie is mostly my fault.  Silly me for going in there hoping to see some growth.  According to the reactions I saw on Twitter from most of his fan base and the extra dialogue provided by the audience in the packed theater I was in, this was an amazing flick.  So any negative impressions on my part are very likely a sign that either my expectations for this movie were in complete misalignment with the fact that this was indeed a TP flick or they could mean I’m just not in TP’s target demographic.  Either way I couldn’t help walking out of the movie theater feeling like I had just witnessed one of the worst movies I had seen in a very long time. But I also haven’t seen a Tyler Perry movie in a long time so…yeah.

But then there was Lamman Rucker so I guess it wasn’t the worst movie I had ever seen.

9 Responses to “Why did I give Tyler Perry another $10… err Get Married Too”

  1. dis is dha bomb and dha movie wuz funni when she wuz just throwing everything at him that she could when he threw that beer on him dhat wuz funni i wuz bout 2 pee all ova my self!!!!!!!!!!!!!haaaaaaaaaahahahahahahah!!!!!!!LOLZ!!!!!!!!!

  2. Fallible Sage Says:

    I think it’s less about being lazy and more about lacking talent. Maybe he’ll get better with time… I think he’ll have to

    • Yeah a lack of real talent is probably at the root of this issue. I think his in your face style of story telling is best suited for the negro play circuit that he started out in. It just doesn’t translate well to the big screen to me.

      Honestly I hate being on the Tyler Perry hate bandwagon because I don’t like to disparage any black man making money. i mean there’s obviously an audience for his stuff. My biggest problem is the fact that there’s little else out there in terms of black films. Perry can continue to sell his product to his core audience, but someone else needs to be rising above the lowest common denominator and developing some black films with depth and quality to cater to the rest of us.

    • It takes talent I feel to get to where he has gotten. Now that he has the money, it’s time to bring in proper script writers, directors etc to fine tune his ideas. He should stop handling everything himself.

  3. Co-sign once again. I would like to retract my original co -sign, & offer a partial in its place (can’t be agreeing with the pectoral & Lamman ogling) LOL

  4. I am definitely feeling what everybody is saying. I am a writer and I certainly have my issues with TP ie. (constant portrayal of a black man in a dress, black women always being portrayed as problematic, consistent misogynistic themes, antagonism toward successful black women, etc.). However, what really even had me spending time on the internet reading anything about TP was a text a friend sent me today asking me if I knew that in “Why Did I Get Married?”, both I and II, that Malik Yoba’s character was supposed to be gay? My answer, “hell naw”! If that is the case, then it would explain their relationship at least somewhat more. I mean, I did raise the question when Janet Jackson’s character did what she did with the gay man in a cake charade (who would do that??!!!) But overall, I agree that I had no freakin’ clue as to what was supposed to be wrong in their relationship however, I did know that Yoba’s character was hatin’ because she wrote that book!!!! More than TP’s Madea character or his moralizing and being preachy, I am most bothered by his definitely apparent hatred (?) or disdain (?) or discomfort (?) toward black women. If there were to be any question about Tyler Perry’s sexuality, for me, it would be based on this – a deep-seated, perpetually negative and almost sinister depiction of black woman who have power and who are empowered. Yes, there are black women who are rolling their necks, those that don’t know how to respect a man and in turn get respect from a man, those with attitudes and games and I could go on down the line. But ever since the first time that I ever saw a Tyler Perry film, I have come to the same conclusion based on the depiction of certain women in his films. My feeling – this man hates black women.

  5. Tyler Perry movies are cliched bollocks totally lacking in sophistication, subtlety and with absolutely no level of complexity – Simplistic crap targeted at the blue collar urban AMERICAN market – simplistic audience….. There is absolutely no way anyone one who’s ever watched and enjoyed a Scorsese movie or read a Tom Wolfe novel could possibly enjoy the dross that is a TP movie. Not surprisingly outside the US virtually NO ONE watches this crap

    • True Tyler Perry movies are cliched etc. I have enjoyed a Scoresese novel or two…or three and live outside of the US (never set foot out of Africa) yet I find myself watching his movies. I the holes in them, but still watch.

  6. As someone who watches all of Tyler Perry’s movies, I thought that this was particularly poor. I liked the first one but this!!!?!? I also found it strange how Jill Scott’s characters’s ex husband (thats a mouthfull) just showed up on the scene. I think that Tyler Perry should consider getting other people involved in with his movies on the writing side. He needs to stop handling everything himself.

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