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Tyler Perry's Temptation

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Soapy melodrama has mixed messages about love and marriage.

Movie PG-13 2013 111 minutes
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Wait til DVD or on netflix

The movie was not what I expected, the movie was slow the plot got in at towards the ending. Violence is an issue, some blood is shown and beating a woman is seen. A beaten woman is shown in a bathtub with blood, not graphic but some viewers may see it as graphic. Positive messages are shown through out the movie. The sex scene is very quick and very mild other viewers may see it as graphic but isn't, no nudity is shown. Adult Language is very mild and not frequent. Consumeration is shown throughout the movie but not really as focused. The movie is not worth the money. I should've waited til it came out on DVD or Netflix. The movie is a waste of money and very disappointing.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

It's a shame that so many talented actors seem to feel obliged to work for Perry, because he again and again wastes their abilities. What's worse is that, for once, there's not much of an inspiring message in Temptation, which is a dreadful treatise on young marriage. Smollett, who was so impressive in Eve's Bayou and Friday Night Lights, does her best with the cheesy, overwrought material, as do her two men: Gross as the sweet but boring husband and Jones as the arrogant, bedroom-eyed love. Making an already bad movie even more laughable is Kim Kardashian, who makes a distracting appearance as Judith's materialistic, looks-obsessed coworker.

Also as (almost) always, Perry manages to fill his movies with enough inauthentic, cliched dialogue ("I want to make love to you right now" and "I don't want to be with a good man, I want to be with a phenomenal man" are two gems), and melodramatic twists that, by the last act, anyone who's not a faithful Perry devotee will find themselves laughing at deadly serious moments. The story is that ridiculous.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 29, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: July 9, 2013
  • Cast: Jurnee Smollett, Kim Kardashian, Lance Gross
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 111 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some violence, sexuality and drug content
  • Last updated: February 22, 2023

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