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.
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.