Perry’s latest sends another strong message

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Yes, the movie “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” is of typical Tyler Perry melodramatic style, and you may be tired of that, but “Tyler Perry has a special way of speaking to his audience, and it’s unbelievable,” David Spitz, Lionsgate executive vice president and general sales manager, said.

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SCENE FROM THE MOVIE “I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF”

That said, Perry’s latest effort takes us into the world of April (played by Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson) whose life is a bit hazardous. She’s an alcoholic nightclub singer who is dating a married man. But after three little gifts arrive on her doorstep, her life would never be the same.

 

As the story unfolds we learn the three gifts are April’s sister’s children, whom Madea (who really only has minor appearances) delivers to her after catching them breaking into her house.

With disdain and reluctance, April allows the young ones to stay with her until she can locate her mother who has custody of them. The oldest, a sullen 16-year-old Jennifer (played by Hope Olaide Wilson, who rendered a remarkable breakout performance), keeps a reluctant yet diligent watchful eye on her two siblings, Manny (Kwesi Boakye) and Byron (Frederick Siglar). Manny is a diabetic and Byron never speaks.

The cheating boyfriend, Randy (Brian J. White) who doesn’t like children and doesn’t hide it, shows his sinister ways as the film progresses. April’s life continues to change when her former pastor, Rev. Marvin Winans (of the renown gospel family) sends an immigrant named Sandino (Adam Rodriguez of “CSI Miami”) to her house for work and a place to stay, he winds up working his way into April’s heart.

The film is comedic at times, serious, and of course spiritual. Perry does “speak” and gives off a positive—rise above it all—vibe. As usual with Perry’s work, there are several take-away messages in this production. The film can leave you thinking about the choices that you make in life.

Grossing more than $24 million during its opening weekend, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” hit at the top of the box office. Additional cast members include Mary J. Blige, Gladys Knight, who along with Rev. Winans, all help put the movie on top and lend their superb singing talents. Not to mention Henson, who showed her vocal ability. While we remember her award-winning turn when she scored an Oscar for Best Original Song singing the hook in “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp,” in “Hustle and Flow” masterfully lets it out in this film—she got the pipes and she’s the real deal.

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