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Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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  • 25

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    WDIGMT? serves up speeches about trust and fidelity and rolling with the punches and blah blah blah. But it does so with so little energy that the actors might as well be saying the words blah blah blah.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A cameo by a well-known actor in the final scene suggests there will be a third ride on this familiar marriage go-round.

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Displaying his usual mixture of broad, sitcom-style humor and soapy melodramatics, it's an entertaining if hokey effort that his target audience will eat up.

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times

    Not only is Perry in tune with his audience as always, he's unquestionably growing as a cinematic artist.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Love heals in mature, melodramatic marriage dramedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this well-intentioned dramedy -- though big on universal and age-blind subjects of forgiveness, friendship and love -- addresses plenty of mature themes, including infidelity, divorce, domestic abuse, unemployment, and death. There’s some social drinking, though little swearing and nudity. Some jokes are based on male and female stereotypes, and one character’s raging jealousy is played for laughs when it’s actually quite dysfunctional.

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. What kinds of stereotypes does this movie set out to overcome, and which does it reinforce?
  • Talk about the challenges that each couple faces: Do they seem real orexaggerated for effect? Can one learn from them? If so, what are the lessons?
  • What is the message of the movie? What binds these couples together and what sets them apart?

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    Messages: Tyler Perry’s characters are all too human, but for each of them, redemption is possible. His movies remind viewers of that we’re all fallible, but it’s in our power to change. Perry shares his usual spiritual message -- that love matters more than physical and material temptation -- but tones down the preachiness here. Still, there are many jokes told at the expense of spouses and partners, and some gender stereotyping, too. (Men should provide for their women, for instance, as if women can't fend for themselves. And this despite some of the characters being successful in their own right.)

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    Role models: Women of all shapes and sizes are portrayed as beautiful, and they’re almost all committed to the idea of marriage as a demanding, but worthwhile pursuit. Still, one woman seems to relish emasculating her husband, and her rage-filled, jealousy-fueled (though offbase) rants are depicted as hilarious, when they’re actually emotionally exhausting and demeaning. She drinks too much, too, though this isn’t explored. Two characters forget how much they care about each other and move their relationship into physically abusive territory while going through a divorce. Another woman betrays her husband by flirting inappropriately and becoming emotionally involved with another man.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Two men trade barbs over a woman. A woman recalls how her ex-husband used to hit her and demean her. A man throws a plant through a door, torches a photo album, manhandles his soon-to-be-ex-wife and argues with her loudly; she, in kind, attempts to bite him and uses a golf club to obliterate every glassy object in their home. Another couple bickers constantly.

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    Sex: Some kissing and caressing. Many references to men cheating. A woman conducts an emotional affair. A couple's amorous doings can be heard by a neighbor. Some cleavage shots.

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    Language: Words like "ass" and "damn" and "bitch." The N-word is used once (not heatedly).

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    Consumerism: Some brands visible (Range Rover, for example, and Heineken).

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character is often drinking (out of a flask, ordering shots), but aside from a few jokes, it's not addressed. Others indulge in social drinking. A character mentions smoking pot in the past. Jokes about crack.