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Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sometimes-gritty dramedy has some moving moments.

Movie PG-13 2009 113 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

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
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (16 ):

Say what you will about Perry's movies -- preachy, too earnest, formulaic -- there's no denying his ability to pick a first-rate cast. Movie after movie, he rescues predictable plots with performances grounded in gravitas. Henson commands the screen, making what's treacly truthful. And she sings beautifully, too, like she did in the career-making Hustle & Flow. Perry also elicits powerful performances from Blige and Knight; in fact, the playwright/actor/director has a knack for turning female singers into solid, sometimes even spectacular, actresses.

Still, it's hard not to notice the fact that Perry's films tend to offer the same hopeful-yet-chauvinistic message: That wayward women can be saved not only by God but the love of a good man. Can't a woman find her way on her own? Speaking of Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself 's said "good man" -- Sandino's devotion to April seems to come out of nowhere, a plot point that neither makes sense nor is believable. April acts heinously in front of him, and yet he declares her warm and loving. Perhaps he's blinded by his affections. But the audience surely isn't.

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
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Latino actors, Female actors, Black actors
  • 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: June 20, 2023

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