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Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married, Too?

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Love heals in mature, melodramatic marriage dramedy.

Movie PG-13 2010 121 minutes
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A good cast is a terrible thing to waste. So it goes with TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED, TOO?, whose ensemble is under-served by an over-busy arc. The plot goes into overdrive with emotional affairs; domestic abuse; a near-nervous breakdown; cancer; and death. And that's doesn't include the usual Perry themes of jealousy, gender roles, and communication. There's simply no time to let the stories marinate (and let such icons as Louis Gossett Jr. and Cicely Tyson do more than just drop in). Appealing moments of friendship are punctuated with corny, melodramatic twists that are oversimplified and rushed to a conclusion.

Jackson gets to act, though: She shows off a range never before revealed. As director, Perry succeeded in eliciting her best performance yet. As an actor, he himself exhibits an understatement that's lacking in his films as a whole. His movies clearly have a message -- in this, it's that no relationship, no matter how perfect seeming, is immune to challenges, and that love, if allowed to supersede anger, can heal -- and that's all fine. If only they were better served by tighter pacing and more disciplined storytelling.

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