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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Wesley's journey of self discovery is filled with valuable life lessons about honoring your parents but still following your own dreams, loving your brother enough to tell him when he's acting in a self-destructive manner, seeing past a person's income or job to who they are and how they make you feel, and being generous not just with money but also with time and kindness.
Positive Role Models
Wesley is the perfect gentleman, even when he's choosing to opt out of his life of business and luxury for world travel and adventure. Walter, however, is outrageously angry and violent, always seething with uncontrolled rage. Lindsey does the best she can given her Job-like circumstances.
Violence & Scariness
Brothers come to blows, and one ends up on the floor whimpering. A man in a homeless shelter tries to attack Lindsey and her daughter. A mother slaps her son. Walter is perpetually bitter, angry, and hostile. He has to be held back from lashing out at several characters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few mentions of "making love," a couple of kisses, and one non-explicit love scene. A character is shown in the shower (head and shoulders), and another is briefly seen in her bra and panties.
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Several uses of words including "ass," "s--t," "damn," "hell," "bitch," "crap," "oh my God," and "goddamn," plus insults such as "ho," "white trash," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Prominent product placements of Harley-Davidson, Apple (Macbook, iPod), and Porsche.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink in social situations, and in two scenes, characters are shown getting or already drunk. A mother questions why her adult son is drinking so early in the day, and he snipes back that she should be glad it's not a mountain of cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that as with any Tyler Perry movie, Good Deeds explores themes of family, class, and what it means to follow your dreams. There's some sexuality (a few kisses, one brief love scene that focuses on the couple's faces) and strong language ("s--t," "ass," "bitch," etc.). Violence is limited to a skirmish between two brothers (one is left whimpering on the floor) and one near-attack in a homeless shelter. Perry's films tend to focus on grander messages about the nature of a happy and fulfilled life, and this one is no exception. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Perry is such a powerful Hollywood player that he seems able to churn out anything and make a profit. In GOOD DEEDS, he creates yet another "message film" about what it means to have it all but want more (not in the material sense, but in the spiritual, life-affirming way Perry specializes in). He once again surrounds himself with a cast of fine actors, but there's something missing in this movie -- humor. For a filmmaker who started out as a comedian and who's best known for his character in drag (Madea), Perry's "dramedies" are heaving on the drama and low on the comedy.
The main problem is that Perry himself, despite his imposing height and size, isn't an actor of gravitas. As his compact on-screen brother, White possesses more of the screen (albeit in role that's a bit of a caricature) than the 6-foot-5 billionaire does. And as for the romantic subplots, Perry has zero chemistry with either Union or Newton, making any stilted declarations of love (whether physical or verbal) awkward and uninteresting. Wesley is just too bland to be a believable leading man, and his story so predictable that the audience knows exactly what will happen the moment Perry and Newton first meet-cute.
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