Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself
September 15, 2009
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Tyler Perry is at it again, this time he creates a movie with more eccentric characters. Madea Goes to Jail suffered from a poor second plotline (As a note: All Madea movies seem to have two plot lines: One with Madea, and then the actual plot, which he weaves together in the 3rd act). ICDBABM had Madea in a small supporting role, something just big enough to get Madea fans in the door. Those who stick around beyond that won’t be disappointed.
Taraji P. Henson leads this film, effectively stealing the spotlight from Perry. The three young kids cast alongside her and Adam Rodriguez shine in a plot that is very dark. Henson plays a lounge singer/mistress who drinks her pain away and avoids her family. When her niece and 2 nephews show up on her doorstep, she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with them and spends most of the time they’re together trying to get rid of them.
This film also has a lot more music than his previous films. Of course, when you got Gladys Knight and Mary J. Blige in the cast, there better be some singing. The scenes with the preacher seem to fall flat. Other than that, Tyler Perry creates a Madea movie without Madea. And once the credits roll, you realize it doesn’t matter. 3 out of 5 stars.