I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Tyler Perrys
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 Raymond, 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 Raymond and the new possibilities of family, faith…and even true love.
Tyler Perry’s movies usually just miss receiving our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal and this is the case once more. It’s not that there aren’t some good things in the movie. You have a pastor sharing an inspirational sermon about being lost in trials and difficulties, and yet getting through them, and a great song about hurting but growing during the trials and difficult times. There is humor too, as Madea (Perry) is asked by a teen girl how to pray, and she responds by saying, “The last time I talked to God was when I saw a cop in my rear-view mirror!” Madea also shows her lack of Bible reading when she mentions one “biblical” story which put Jonah, Peter and Noah all together! The audience I screened the film with laughed at the zany and inept story. Also, a good man named Sandino (Adam Rodriguez) cares for April (Taraji P. Henson) and helps her realize her life has become a selfish one. He is there too when she receives bad news. Gladys Knight performs some gospel music in the movie and she’s in great form.
However, there are over seventy strong words used in the movie, in addition to a married man sleeping with a single woman. To the film’s credit, she does kick the married man out later. However, there is also a scene in which a man attempts to rape a teen girl. He is stopped but with these sexual issues and profanities we regrettably cannot award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film.