Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? was not screened for critics and we don't understand why not. Even moreso than the latest comic book adaptation, his movies are critic-proof. Case in point this sequel, which critics generally disliked, yet it earned over $30M at the box office.
Posted 04.05.10 by reelz
"Displaying his usual mixture of broad, sitcom-style humor and soapy melodramatics, it's an entertaining if hokey effort that his target audience will eat up."— Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"...offers a positive, if melodramatically heightened, portrait of upper-middle-class African-American life, one broadly appealing enough to satisfy even the Nancy Meyers set, if only they'd give it a chance."— Peter Debruge, Variety
"...nothing if not more of the same."— Rob Hmanick, Slant Magazine
"The movie's like an old sofa, overstuffed and misshapen, but so familiar that it gives comfort all the same."— Sam Adams, Onion AV Club
"...serves up speeches about trust and fidelity and rolling with the punches and blah blah blah. But it does so with so little energy that the actors might as well be saying the words blah blah blah."— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
In Tyler Perry's upcoming sequel to his dramedy Why Did I Get Married, the same four couples reunite for their annual vacation. But this time they head to the Bahamas (instead of Colorado) and an ex-husband (not a "sexy young temptress") disrupts the fun.
The trailer for Why Did I Get Married Too? debuted last night on Entertainment Tonight. It starts will some vacation fun ... and then seques to the ominous message "One of these couples will not make it" and a sobbing Janet Jackson. Couples Retreat with a whole lot fewer laughs? Posted 11.05.09 by reelz
It took until September for the prolific Tyler Perry to release his second movie of the year. Is it worth the wait?
"I Can Do Bad All By Myself, based on Perry's play of the same name, is all that, with a booster shot: It's probably the impresario's best-made movie yet, his most joyful, and his most moving."
— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Perry plugs into the primal power of gospel, blues, soul, and the black church in ways that make Bad far more affecting than it has any right to be. His oeuvre has always been shameless and over the top, but Bad might just be the first of Perry's films to border on operatic."
— Nathan Rabin, Onion AV Club
"Mr. Perry, who also wrote and directed the film, becomes mired in clichés when the movie turns to its capital-L subjects, Love and Loss. And — no surprise here — he goes on two or three tear-jerks too long and passes up an opportunity for a nice, understated ending in favor of a gaudy, obvious one. Restraint, though, is hardly what fans of the Madea franchise are after."
— Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"...Perry's latest emotional roller coaster starts with considerable promise and a high-wattage cast, including Taraji P. Henson and singers Gladys Knight and Mary J. Blige, before giving way to melodramatic predictability."
— Peter DeBruge, Variety
"Alternately stupefying and entertaining...."
— Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter Posted 09.12.09 by reelz
With Madea Goes to Jail ruling the box office these past two weekends, Lionsgate has acquired the rights to two more Tyler Perry flicks: Why Did I Get Married Too and I Can Do Bad All By Myself.
Tyler Perry will, of course, write, direct, and star in both films. Taraji P. Henson, who received an Oscar nod for her role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will star in I Can Do Bad All By Myself. The film is set to begin shooting March 16 and be in theatres on September 11.
Why Did I Get Married Too is a sequel to 2007's Why Did I Get Married. It's set to be in theatres April 2, 2010, for the Easter weekend.
Lionsgate and Perry first partnered on Diary of a Mad Black Woman in 2005. They've since released six more of his films. In total, Perry's seven films for the studio have earned nearly $350 million at the domestic box office and sold close to 25 million DVDs. Posted 03.05.09 by reelz
Shocker! Tyler Perry would like to see Madea die. "I would love to see Madea die a slow death in the next film," he confesses. It's not such a shocking confession when you consider the effort it takes for the man to play the big momma. Madea may be "a whole lot of fun to watch," says Perry, "But to do it is a nightmare."
The nightmare involves zipping his 6-foot-5-inch self into a sweat-inducing body suit with heavy hips and big breasts. "Holding those things upright can be tough," he says. But considering that Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail won the box office last weekend, earning $41 million in three days, we're guessing Perry will keep somehow manage to keep bearing the burden and Madea will remain alive and well. Posted 02.26.09 by reelz
Just in time for a certain rapidly-approaching holiday, we've got two exclusive new images from Madea Goes to Jail. Both feature Madea in the slammer, something we can't wait to see on film. The first even shows the big lady sporting a new (to us?) hairstyle with her grey locks done up in braids, while the always flamboyantly dressed Leroy stands by holding what looks to be a bible. In the second, our lady is shown doing laundry in the slammer -- perhaps her job in there -- but with more sass than we've ever seen someone approach a commercial dryer.
We've also got word of a new MySpace page for the movie that launched last night. It's not a page for Madea herself but for a movement to "Free Madea" from jail. The site tells you how you can attend a rally in your area to support the cause. If that's sounds like too much effort, it might be easier to just kill some time at work inserting your own photo into Madea's mugshots, which you can also do on the page.
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Posted 02.11.09 by reelz
In his sixth feature film, The Family That Preys, Tyler Perry looks at how two very different families are torn apart by a shared scandal. Academy Award-caliber actors Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard star as the families' matriarchs. Along with appearing in the movie, Perry wrote, directed, and produced it. "I took the small role because I really wanted to focus on the directing. I really wanted to watch these people act, especially Kathy and Alfre." Find out more in our interview with Tyler Perry. Posted 09.11.08 by reelz
Variety reports that TBS has commissioned Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, which scored almost $42 million theatrically earlier this year, as a 10-episode half-hour television series. The show will be taped in Atlanta, where Perry's other show, House of Payne, currently tapes.
David Mann will reprise his role of Leroy Brown from the movie. No word, yet, on whether other cast members from the Browns -- such as Angela Bassett, Rick Fox, or Perry, himself -- will appear in the series.
Meet the Browns will debut on TBS in January.
Source: Variety Posted 08.26.08 by reelz
What makes Tyler Perry movies so popular? And does Meet the Browns meet his fans' expectations? Find out as we caught first reaction to last night's midnight screening.
Next week we'll be at the first showing of the superhero spoof Superhero Movie starring Leslie Nielsen. Posted 03.21.08 by Dack
This weekend Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns hits theaters nationwide. The director has been on quite a hot streak at theaters over the last few years successfully converting his stage shows to the big screen. Although some critics have been baffled by their success, Perry's movies have an undeniably loyal fan following that seem to identify with the world Perry (and his elderly alter ego in drag, Madea) have created. Posted 03.20.08 by reelz
Although Madea only makes a brief appearance in Meet the Browns, the wisdom she has taught us over the course of Tyler Perry's filmography applies not just to his movies, but to life in general. In an exclusive from Hawa Macalou, Tyler Perry's Madea offers up five lessons to live by.