GC Movie Review - Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Starring: Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Adam Rodriguez, Brian White, Hope Olaide Wilson, Kwesi Nii-Lante Boakye, Frederick Siglar, Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige, Marvin Winans
Director: Tyler Perry
Screenwriter: Tyler Perry
Producer: Tyler Perry, Reuben Cannon
Theatrical Release: Sep 11, 2009 Wide
Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking.
Production Co.: The Tyler Perry Company
Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Produced in: United States
Synopsis : When Madea, America's favorite pistol-packing grandma, catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of Randy, her married boyfriend, April wants nothing to do with the kids. But her attitude begins to change when Sandino, a handsome Mexican immigrant looking for work, moves into April's basement room. Making amends for his own troubled past, Sandino challenges April to open her heart. And April soon realizes she must make the biggest choice of her life: between her old ways with Randy and the new possibilities of family, faith... and even true love.
How do we move past where we've come from; the many hurts and pains that have been inflicted upon us by others? We all know that our ability to love and receive love from others is birthed in how we were loved. As well, the words spoken to us sometimes, to our detriment, will define us. Will we surrender and live life allowing others to define us or will we seek the mercy, truth and love of God and allow Him to define us? This is the resounding message in Tyler Perry's latest film, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself."
Tyler introduces us to April (Taraji P. Henson), a tireless nightclub singer who opens the movie singing "Rock Steady" voiced over by Cheryl Pepsi Riley , who spends most of her time caressing a bottle and sleeping all day, trusting no one and is extremely selfish; and makes no apologies for it. One day her sleep is interrupted as Madea (Tyler Perry) as she angrily drops April's niece Jennifer (Hope Olaide Wilson) and two nephews Byron (Freddy Siglar) and Manny (Kwesi Boakye) on her stoop in order to recoup money after finding the trio looting her home. Eager to get her money Madea allows the kids to work off their debt.
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