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Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?

Another African-American life lesson
By TOM MEEK  |  October 18, 2007
2.5 2.5 Stars
SMALL-BUDGET WONDER: Why Did I Get Married cheaply analyzes the assaults of lifelong union.

Another African-American life lesson from Tyler Perry, who’s on a roll tapping out small-budget wonders that score big at the box office. Gone is Perry’s Flip Wilson–esque persona, Aunt Madea. More mature matters are at hand as four successful couples retreat to the Rockies for a chummy reunion. It’s an ideal setting for the eight to gloat about their achievements, but inevitably the reality of their crumbling marriages comes to the fore. Leading the list of assaults on domestic tranquility are infidelity, obesity, and dishonesty — all of which Perry analyzes with non-partisan persistence. Although the contrived plotting at first clogs the works, the film comes into its own as it moves from the mountains back to the burbs, where the real drama begins. The performances might underwhelm, but Janet Jackson as the staid academic “Perfect Patty” delivers a smoldering nugget that lingers on screen long after the moment has passed.
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