The Single Moms Club

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Sisterhood drama skims surface of serious issues.
  • PG-13
  • 2014
  • 110 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

Violence

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

Sex

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.

Language

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

Consumerism
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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult 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 wo... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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