Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Message movie lacks humor to draw in teens.
  • PG-13
  • 2012
  • 111 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJocelyn707 February 25, 2012

Great

Really Great movie but you have to be old enough to understand the concepts.
Parent of a 5 year old Written byAidens_Mommy July 29, 2012

I hate Hollywood and their horrible mouths!

I'm disappointed in Tyler. He has started to let his Christian beliefs go to the wayside and it's showing in his movies. The language gets worse and w... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTotally500 July 4, 2012

good deeds is good indeed

this is a very good movie one of tyler perrys best
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 March 11, 2012

Pretty funny,good movie.

Great movie though contains lots of sexual references and sex talk but generally OK.

What's the story?

Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) seems to have a perfect life. He's the CEO of his family's software business, lives in a swanky San Francisco apartment, drives a Porsche, and is engaged to a gorgeous woman (Gabrielle Union) from a just-as-posh family. But Wesley is just going through the motions to please his overbearing patrician mother (Phylicia Rashad) and overcompensate for his angry troublemaker of a little brother (Brian White) when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-and-out single mother who happens to be the night janitor in his building. As the two strike an unlikely bond, Wesley realizes everything that he's been missing in life by doing what others expect of him.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Good Deeds' messages about family and fulfillment. Wesley's life seemed perfect, but he wasn't happy -- why? Teens: How can you balance honoring your parents and following your dreams?

  • Those familiar with Perry's other films can talk about the enduring popularity of his movies. Which do you enjoy more -- his dramas or his comedies, and why?

  • Perry's movies have been compared to morality plays. How do their overt messages -- to be honest, hardworking, faithful, etc. -- impact the film's entertainment value?

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