Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Sometimes-gritty dramedy has some moving moments.

PG-13 2009 113 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 14+

other than what i just wrote tyler perrys i can do bad all by myself is an amazing movie

this movie is amazing it has a really good message to it and it helped me to let go of past issues in my life i still think 12 or 13 is a little to young mayber 14 and up but then again look at what we older brothers and sisters are showing to our siblings listening to dirty music and stupid junk watching things we know we should'nt and the kids look up to us so we should really set a better example i see little kids like 7 yrs old saying the f words and have no respect for adults or anyone around them so if they saw this movie it could;nt be anyworse that it already is

This title has:

Great messages
age 17+

Loosing grip with today's issues.

Sends a terrible message to others that a woman has to have a good man, drugs, drinking, and attitude of Madea just makes this very questionable from other works he has done in the past.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 11, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: January 12, 2010
  • Cast: Adam Rodriguez, Taraji P. Henson, Tyler Perry
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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