Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Tyler Perry's latest comedy has adult themes.
  • PG-13
  • 2007
  • 113 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Overall, the relationships portrayed are fairly loving, though one couple bickers quite a bit. But two husbands cheat on their wives, and one is quite vicious and humiliating in the way he jokes about his wife's weight (he even makes her drive alone while he travels by plane so he can avoid paying for two seats for her).

Violence

A dinner table conversation ends up becoming a verbal free-for-all. A wife hits her husband with a wine bottle. Later, a husband hurls his wife's Blackberry at the wall.

Sex

Couples kiss and cuddle (and try to figure out whether to have sex). Conversations are peppered with stories and innuendoes about venereal diseases, bedroom behavior, and more.

Language

Not too much swearing, but numerous uses of the words "slut," "ho," "ass," and even "mortherf-" (the person stops before saying "f--ker").

Consumerism

Fancy cars (Mercedes) and designer duds signify a comfortable lifestyle for many of the couples, but it doesn't feel like a commercial.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No smoking, but some social drinking (wine at dinner and at a reception). One character admits to drinking way too much.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is too grown-up for the younger members of Tyler Perry's ultra-loyal fanbase. Though there's no explicit sex, and the language is fairly mild (occasional uses of "ass" is about as strong as it gets), the movie's themes -- infidelity, deception, and vulnerability within a marriage -- are definitely meant for adults. Also expect plenty of sexual innuendoes, some characterizations bordering on stereotype (the leech-like ex-wife, the shopping-crazy mistress, etc.), and social drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysupnse April 9, 2008

Awesome,a must see,very entertaining,and full of laughter,and some tears

Well, what can I say. I LOVED THIS MOVIE!! Best one I've seen in years. I went to see this movie 3 different times. So needless to say I loved it. It had c... Continue reading
Parent of a 17 year old Written bylil mamma sexy December 3, 2009
like it it was good i give it 100%
Kid, 12 years old December 20, 2009
This movie will have you talking to the tv.It is a good movie like all of Tlyer Perry movies.
Teen, 14 years old Written byPrototype79043 April 10, 2010

Perfect for all ages

People need to know what can happen when you abuse your marriage.

What's the story?

Tyler Perry's ensemble drama WHY DID I GET MARRIED? follows the relationship ups and downs of four couples--lifelong friends who take a vacation in the mountains to catch up on one another's lives and wind up airing their dirty laundry in the process. Lawyer Diane (Sharon Leal) can't seem to stay away from work, despite her pediatrician husband Terry's (Perry) pleas to spend time with him and have another baby. Famous psychologist/author Patricia (Janet Jackson) and her architect spouse, Gavin (Malik Yoba), seem perfect on the outside but are aching after the death of their son. Hair care guru Angela (Tasha Smith) and Marcus (Michael Jai White), an ex-pro football player, can't stop bickering. And Sheila (Jill Scott), a housewife, can't seem to get much love from Mike (Richard T. Jones), her not-so-better-half, who spends his days either needling her about her weight or cheating on her.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this movie portrays marriage. Does it seem real, or is it Hollywood-ized? If so, how? In movies, why does marriage seem so difficult? Is it that way in real life? Families can also discuss why Tyler Perry is so popular. Have you seen his other movies? What do they have in common? Who are they targeted at, and why do they appeal to that audience? Do you like him better as his character Madea or as a "regular" actor? Why?

Movie details

For kids who love comedies

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