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Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tyler Perry's latest comedy has adult themes.

Movie PG-13 2007 113 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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Based on 4 parent reviews

age 17+
like it it was good i give it 100%

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age 2+

I laughed the hole time they all are very funny.

They don't have alot of bad mouth talking .

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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There's no denying Tyler Perry's talent. As a writer, he has a pretty good command of voice; he's able to capture a woman's point of view in addition to a man's. As a director, he's sure-footed, confident in his ability to tell a story. Still, that doesn't mean that this film -- which he both wrote and directed -- is a great movie. Interesting, yes. Enjoyable, sure. Funny, pretty much. But the parts are greater than the whole.

In short, everyone's relationship is a mess, which any filmmaker worth his salt knows makes for good storytelling fodder. But here, the material's bogged down by unsurprising life lessons -- you can't get everything you need from your spouse, for starters -- and expository dialogue that tells, not shows. When Sheila loses it after discovering Mike's infidelity, she announces that her life is "nothing" without him. But we only know it because she says so. When Patricia breaks down and cries over her lost child, she says she's been suffering all this time -- but we haven't witnessed any of it. Basically, the characters talk too much and don't do enough, leaving the film slack. Nevertheless, the cast has chemistry, with Scott as the breakout star for her nuanced performance. Sheila is so pathetic, so beaten down, and yet so sadly believable that when she finally finds herself (and a new man), it's hard not to clap and holler.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 12, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: February 11, 2008
  • Cast: Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Tyler Perry
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: mature thematic material, sexual references and language.
  • Last updated: May 19, 2023

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