The Single Moms Club



Sisterhood drama skims surface of serious issues.
  • Review Date: March 16, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 110 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Single moms are painted sympathetically and their struggles are given some weight. The formation of their "club" underscores the importance of sisterhood, support, encouragement, and friendship among women.

Positive role models

Though the women bring their own different perspectives to the table, and sometimes their baggage, too, they are determined, caring, and open to what life brings them. Some of them are fairly harsh characters, however, especially Wendi McLendon-Covey's character, the publishing exec Jan, who can be insensitive and mean and makes bigoted statements.


A woman slaps a man. (It's played for a joke.)


Couples kiss (sometimes while scantily clad), and there's talk of how much "action" each woman is getting. And there's one extended conversation between a man and a woman that's peppered with sexual innuendoes. Women go to a strip bar once, though no nudity (or anything close to it) is glimpsed.


Words like "hell" and "damn" are heard.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One woman is shown smoking a cigarette. Some social drinking during single moms' gatherings -- mostly wine. Another character is described as a drug addict, but we don't see him using.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Single Moms Club hews closely to a formula that other Tyler Perry movies follow: It's uplifting, mostly teen-friendly and, yes, formulaic. There's some mild swearing (mostly "hell"), open but superficial discussions about the hardships women face in and out of marriage; and some kissing -- nothing that most teens can't handle, really. Expect a bit of smoking and references to drug addiction too.

What's the story?

They may not have chosen to be friends on their own, but when the children of stay-at-home moms Hillary (Amy Smart) and Esperanza (Zulay Henao), journalist May (Nia Long), waitress Lytia (Cocoa Brown), and publishing exec Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), get in trouble at school for tagging a wall and smoking cigarettes, the women are given one option: band together to plan the next school school dance or risk having their kids expelled. It's motivation enough for them to meet, but soon they all discover that they have a few things in common, among them that they're all raising kids alone. And that they all need friends who understand to help them through the darkest days.

Is it any good?


If good meant well-intentioned and kind-hearted, then THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB sort of passes the test. But that's about it. In truth, The movie suffers from a severe lack of imagination, and anything it accomplishes by bringing up the challenges single mothers face -- hardly groundbreaking, by the way, considering talk shows were shedding light on this topic way back in the 1990s -- dissipates in the face of its cliched dialogue and rudimentary plotlines. The women all bring up the many different ways the men in their lives disappoint, yet the male characters here are given very little to do, and most are drawn superficially.

In fact, most of the issues that Perry, who stars in the movie, too, addresses are dealt with by skimming the surface, never daring to go deeper. One child's father is an addict, yet he's never seen and when something involving him happens, the audience doesn't see it. Today's families are a sophisticated lot; they deserve better movies with complicated characters. (McLendon-Covey rises above the rest in hilarity, but she's a caricature, like many of the others, too.) Having a big heart doesn't forgive most of this film's sins.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the women in the movie are friends. What are their similarities and differences? How realistic are their relationships with each other?

  • How does the movie handle class and race? Are these issues discussed explicitly? What do you think the movie's stance is on differences of class and race? Did you notice any stereotypes?

  • Teens: Is there anything in this movie that you could relate to directly? Friendships between different kinds of people? Parents making rules about cell phones or behavior?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 14, 2014
DVD release date:July 22, 2014
Cast:Amy Smart, Nia Long, Tyler Perry, Eddie Cibrian, Zulay Henao
Director:Tyler Perry
Run time:110 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some sexual material and thematic elements

This review of The Single Moms Club was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • A fairy tale that even teens can enjoy.
  • Edgy, sweet book-based dramedy has profanity, mature themes.
  • Contrived yet effective family weepie.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Educator and Parent Written byMovie Review Maven June 1, 2014

Chick flick for moms

Movie Title: Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club Grade: C In a Nutshell: It’s a fact: women need each other, whether single or married. We just do. The women in the audience I joined laughed and loved this chick flick. Were they single moms? I don’t know, but they seemed happy to escape their own lives and celebrate the common and crazy threads that tie women together. Unfortunately, the acting was not very good and the plot was terribly predictable, but there were some powerful truths and gentle words of encouragement along the way for women who struggle with life in its many forms. Uplifting theme: No matter our different backgrounds, we all battle with problems and need one another to survive and thrive. There is nothing stronger than a mother’s love for her children. Things I liked: Terry Crews is over-the-top funny in every movie. The sign on his truck cracked me up: “Body & Booty by Branson.” I always enjoy outtakes at the end of a movie, especially comedies. Things I didn’t like: It’s both narcissistic and brilliant brand marketing that Tyler Perry puts his name in all of his movies. In most of the scenes, all of the moms wore super high heels. As if. Zulay Henao is sexy and sultry, belonging more in a porn movie than one about moms. Did Tyler Perry create this movie for moms or the men who would be dragged along to the theater with them? Struggling single moms don’t usually have such nice houses. I’m just sayin… All of the single moms end up with a man. Is that the message Tyler Perry really wants to tell women at the end of the day? It felt a bit more like a sitcom than an actual feature film, and I won’t be surprised if we end up seeing a variation of this on the small screen next season. Funny lines: Looking at her son’s homework, she asks “Did you do your homework? Is that right?” - Lytia (Cocoa Brown) There were actually quite a few funny lines, but many of them were too inappropriate to list here. Inspiring lines: Hillary asks Lytia “How do you do it? How do you be a single mom?” Lytia answers “You can’t think about it or it’s overwhelming. You take one snotty nose and one dirty diaper at a time.” “My grandmother used to say a woman’s purse is a reflection of her life.” – May. It’s kind of true, but certainly doesn’t paint the whole picture. It’s a glimpse of a woman’s priorities on-the-go. “Divorced 4 years. We’re good people, just not good together.” – T.K. Best line in the entire movie: “You don’t have to be good at starting over. You just have to be good at letting go.” - Peter Tips for parents: Discussion about a daughter’s period, inappropriate sexual innuendos.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byeschmu August 11, 2014

A really good movie!

This movie was amazing! I loved it! It had some references to drugs, 1 kids dad had a drug problem which only came up once. It was a great movie showing single moms pulling themselves together and doing what they wanted.
What other families should know
Great messages


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide