MOVIE REVIEW: Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?
The Rating: PG-13
Marquee Cast Members: Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba, Lamman Rucker, Richard T. Jones, Tasha Smith, Michael J. White, Cicely Tyson and Louis Gossett Jr.
Reuniting the same charismatic cast and characters from his hit comedy/drama, WHY DID I GET MARRIED, Tyler Perry brings us the next chapter in the lives of eight college friends struggling with the challenges of marital life in WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO.
Gathered together in the Bahamas for their annual one-week reunion, four close couples eagerly reconnect, sharing news about their lives and relationships. But their intimate week in paradise is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Sheila’s ex-husband, Mike, who hopes to break up her new marriage with Troy and win her back. The others soon realize they too are not immune to the challenges of commitment and fidelity. Angela doesn’t believe her husband, Marcus, can be faithful now that he’s a celebrity television newscaster. Dianne and Terry’s relationship is feeling the strain of raising children. And Patricia, a successful self-help psychologist, must finally reveal the deep flaws in her seemingly perfect marriage to Gavin. With their relationships hanging in the balance when they return home, each couple must choose between blame and forgiveness, doubt and faith, with life-altering consequences.
Typically, my biggest complaint about Tyler Perry’s films is the acting abilities of the cast or even more troubling, the overall cohesiveness of the plot. While his original “Why Did I Get Married?” miraculously corrected this Achilles heel, the second installment seems to have taken a back-stop and whoops ….there goes that plot.
The strong cast that held together the original flick, has unfortunately become victim to a wacky Jackal and Hyde plot.
The first half is a comedy about four married couples gathering for their annual Caribbean vacation. The second half is a seriously overexcited melodrama.
If I had to choose between the two halves of “Too,” I’d go with the melodrama, despite over-the-top scenes in which the self-help author Pat (Janet Jackson), driven to her wits’ winds up destroying her own home.
But getting there requires sitting through the “comedy.” The epitome of which is a beach scene with the four husbands that’s supposed to be full of jokes. Instead, it feels unwillingly improvised rather than written. I just wanted it to end.
When the pain does finally end, it finds Perry throwing in melodramatic twist after melodramatic twist in the last 30 minutes, all of which serves as a heart-tugging preamble to a surprise, movie-closing cameo appearance that drew gasps and giggles from the audience at an early morning screening in Georgetown.
What works with Perry's films is his ability to entertain. With no Madea on board, leave it to Tasha Smith to bring on the comedy. Much like the first film, this actress (and sought after acting coach) has the funny bones to make tears come out of your eyes, but in this film, her comedic timing is a little too much and too forced. Your eyes have dried up by the time we get midway through the film.
Perry has been quoted in saying that he wrote the sequel because he wanted to see the characters grow and mature, but judging by the challenges that each of the couples are facing, if you had seen the original, then you're wondering if he's stuck in time.
This comparatively was not as good as the original. Instead I felt like I was in a glorified soap-opera full of twists and turns that only sought to amaze me with little substance. True Tyler fans will love. The rest of us fair-weather viewers with discriminating taste will probably come out feeling with more questions than answers.