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Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

… completely simple-minded but also mostly inoffensive … Read full review

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    As has been previously demonstrated in the hugely successful Perry's stage, television and big-screen works, subtlety and tonal consistency are not his strong suits. Here, the mostly broadly drawn characters and situations on display quickly prove grating, with the film veering awkwardly between broad comedy and melodrama.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Perry is of the spell-everything-in-capital-letters and act-it-out-loudly schools. Yet his sensitivity to women is a tonic.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    More than anything, a Tyler Perry movie is an interactive experience, and Why Did I Get Married? is no exception. At the screening I attended, it was often difficult to hear the dialogue between bouts of enthusiastic applause and shouts of “You go, girl!”

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Though fans might miss Perry's genre-exploding daring, the excellent cast injects enough pathos and zing to keep picture percolating.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Tyler Perry's latest comedy has adult themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is too grown-up for the younger members of Tyler Perry's ultra-loyal fanbase. Though there's no explicit sex, and the language is fairly mild (occasional uses of "ass" is about as strong as it gets), the movie's themes -- infidelity, deception, and vulnerability within a marriage -- are definitely meant for adults. Also expect plenty of sexual innuendoes, some characterizations bordering on stereotype (the leech-like ex-wife, the shopping-crazy mistress, etc.), and social drinking.

  • Families can talk about how this movie portrays marriage. Does it seem real, or is it Hollywood-ized? If so, how? In movies, why does marriage seem so difficult? Is it that way in real life? Families can also discuss why Tyler Perry is so popular. Have you seen his other movies? What do they have in common? Who are they targeted at, and why do they appeal to that audience? Do you like him better as his character Madea or as a "regular" actor? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Overall, the relationships portrayed are fairly loving, though one couple bickers quite a bit. But two husbands cheat on their wives, and one is quite vicious and humiliating in the way he jokes about his wife's weight (he even makes her drive alone while he travels by plane so he can avoid paying for two seats for her).

What to watch for
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    Violence: A dinner table conversation ends up becoming a verbal free-for-all. A wife hits her husband with a wine bottle. Later, a husband hurls his wife's Blackberry at the wall.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Couples kiss and cuddle (and try to figure out whether to have sex). Conversations are peppered with stories and innuendoes about venereal diseases, bedroom behavior, and more.

  • language false3

    Language: Not too much swearing, but numerous uses of the words "slut," "ho," "ass," and even "mortherf-" (the person stops before saying "f--ker").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Fancy cars (Mercedes) and designer duds signify a comfortable lifestyle for many of the couples, but it doesn't feel like a commercial.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: No smoking, but some social drinking (wine at dinner and at a reception). One character admits to drinking way too much.

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