Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

I confess that I didn't go to the theater the first weekend that "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" was released. To be honest, I really wasn't feeling the movie.

However, guilt got the best of me and I felt it was my obligation to support his work. Tyler Perry is no Spike Lee. In fact, I would consider Tyler Perry more of a businessman than a filmmaker. But he does make films. And his films do afford work to a lot of African American actors (male and female) who are highly under-rated and under-represented by mainstream Hollywood. You almost have to wonder if the title he chose for this latest film isn't a double-entendre of sorts - "good deeds." Get it?

"Tyler Perry Good Deeds" won't win any Oscars. Although, it should garner him at least one or more NAACP Image Awards. There are no pimps or prostitutes. It offers a few teachable moments along with an experienced cast, including Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Brian White and Phylicia Rashād.

I enjoyed the movie and am happy that I went to see it.

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 fiancée, 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. -- (C) Lionsgate

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