Good Deeds, Tyler Perrys
A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has always done what’s expected of him, whether it’s assuming the helm of his father’s company, tolerating his brother’s misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancee, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley. This one good deed may finally spark his courage to exchange the life that’s expected of him for the life he’s always really wanted. A moving, uplifting drama about coincidence, courage, and the defining choices we make on our paths to happiness, TYLER PERRY’S GOOD DEEDS is written, produced and directed by Tyler Perry, and stars Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian White, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, Eddie Cibrian, Jordenn Thompson, Beverly Johnson, with Phylicia Rashad, and Gabrielle Union.
Tyler Perry’s movies genuinely just miss receiving our Dove Seal due to content issues and guess what? It is the same for this movie as well. There are a couple of “Go to H***” comments and we don’t award our Dove Seal to movies which contain this curse. The sex content also registers a three, which crosses our acceptability level. If not for these issues, it could have joined the official list of Dove “Family-Approved” movies. I will say that of all the various Perry movies I have watched, I think this one is the closest role in revealing the real Tyler Perry. His character, Wesley Deeds, is a successful business man who is kind and shows mercy on a homeless woman, Lindsey (Thandie Newton), and her daughter Ariel. He puts up with his brother Walter (Brian White), who has a nasty temper and acts like everyone owes him something. He does this because Wes had promised his father to look out for Walter.
Tyler Perry is said to be a good guy and that is why I suspect he is playing himself in this movie. He falls for the homeless woman, Lindsey, who tells him the truth about himself unlike Wes’s fiance, Natalie (Gabrielle Union), who thinks she knows him like a book and seems to just exist in their relationship. It is a nice touch when we see Wes go the extra mile to help a homeless person out and when she asks him if he knows how much a gallon of milk costs these days, he later tells her, showing he cared enough to find out. Despite the themes of helping others and showing kindness, as well as following one’s heart, the content issues which are listed in our content listings below prevent us from awarding our Dove Seal to this film.