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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Early Review: "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?"

Four best friends--Diane, Patricia, Sheila and Angela--reunite, along with their husbands, in sunny Bahamas for their annual couples retreat in this sequel to the 2007 hit Why Did I get Married? In this revisiting we see how each character has grown after going through drastic life changes since we last saw them. For instance, Sheila (Jill Scott), the emotionally abused ex-wife of Mike (Richard T. Jones) has since gotten married to her sweetheart Troy (Lamann Rucker) and both are now proud parents of a baby boy. Diane (Sharon Leal), whose obsession with her work too often interfered with her marriage to Terry (Tyler Perry), is now successfully balancing a life as mom, wife, and career woman. Angela (Tasha Smith), whose trust issues after her husband Marcus (Michael Jai White) cheating often took a negative toll on her marriage (but provided for great comic relief), are mildly being tucked away as she tries to communicate better with her husband. Patricia (Janet Jackson), whose bad habit of holding her feelings in turned her into a ticking bomb. And in Why Did I Get Married Too?, the bomb finally goes off.
Now I know I've talked a lot of smack about Tyler Perry movies, but I gotta admit--this movie wasn't bad! Perhaps it's because this is Perry's first foray at a full fledged sequel which meant the characters were fully developed and it's clear he's pushed each of the actors to the top of their game. In the first movie, Scott was the heartbeat of the film with her emotional performance as a downtrodden housewife. But Jackson steals the show in this sequel as the woman who was once the emotional backbone of her girlfriends and becomes an emotional wreck when she's forced to face a crippling heartbreak. You feel her pain as her as her world crumbles before her eyes.
Whether you are or have been married or in a relationship, you find yourself in each character. You begin to empathize for each character, even crazy Mike, who refuses to let Sheila go as he reveals his own life-changing situation. Though I think Smith is a riot as Angela, I often think she is a bit too over the top which sometimes takes away from the performance. Perry can't seem to break from his usual melodramatic, soap opera-esque formula in this movie, but he does manage to tug at our emotions for a funny, heartfelt, relatable look at marriage and love.

Reel Talk rating: B+

Check out an exclusive clip from the movie below. Why Did I Get Married Too? hits theaters April 2.


shannon said...

Great review! Janet DID steal the entire show as Patricia. I still cannot get over her performance. And I agree about Angela. In the airport scene, I found myself saying.."Really? All of THAT has to go down?" A little too much at times, but funny nonetheless.

Dionne said...

I'm glad to read this review. I didn't like Tyler Perry's work at one time, but I see his growth as a writer. I loved Why Did I get Married, and I can't wait to see the sequel.

Clarabela said...

Thanks for the review. I plan to see it this weekend. Even though I don't care for most of Tyler Perry's movies, I enjoyed the 1st movie and I hope this one is just as good.

Dankwa Brooks said...

I liked it too, not as much as the first one. I think you saw TP's growth as a director too. I only saw it once, but that "couch scene" between Janet and Malik was well done from what I recall. I thought the Angela character was TOO over the top. TOO! But overall a good movie.

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