Movie Review: I Can Do Bad All by Myself

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, September 11, 2009 at 3:35 pm.

tylerperryicandobadmyselfSummary: April’s (Taraji P. Henson) life of drinking, clubs and bad men is uprooted when she is forced to take care of her niece and nephews. Through religion, music and Madea (Tyler Perry), April finds her way — Tyler Perry style.

Review: I Can Do Bad All by Myself is what Tyler Perry is best at — a woman’s film that provides escapism from the harsh realities of life. In reality, a good song and church will not be enough to find a good man, but on the big screen it’s just enough to entertain. Regardless of how you feel about Perry, it’s pretty tough to knock his hustle (unless you’re Spike Lee of course); the man is making moves and employing Black actors.

Critics will still complain about melodramatic writing, soap opera-type scenarios and high moral codes. I Can Do Bad All by Myself is for a specific audience and not for the critics.

What really propels Perry’s latest flick is the excellent performances from Brian J. White, Adam Rodriguez and Hope Oladie Wilson. The cast is in the moment in every scene with chemistry and flair, even through implausible scenarios.

Of course there is Taraji P. Henson, who is the Mary J. Blige of film. The Oscar nominee isn’t afraid of a tear, scream or subtlety. It seems nearly impossible for Henson to make a bad movie.

Mary J. Blige is also a clear standout, playing Taraji’s best friend, Tanya. We all give singers the side eye when they venture into film, but Mary was a natural. Her words didn’t sound scripted and while music is clearly her first love, I think Mary has a good chance at being a bonafide actress.

Madea is always a pleasure. She is anti-church, gun toting and quick witted. In every Tyler Perry film, I always want to see more Madea. I look forward to a Perry film where the movie is solely about Madea and no other intertwining plots.

Overall, I Can Do Bad All by Myself serves its purpose to the audience it’s speaking to.

I Can Do Bad All by Myself is in theaters today.

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