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Je'Caryous Johnson's Cheaper To Keep Her (2011)

Vivica A. Fox , Brian McKnight , Je'Caryous Johnson  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vivica A. Fox, Brian McKnight
  • Directors: Je'Caryous Johnson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MR4P5W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When a married couple is ready to call it quits, they always want different things. Raymond Mays wants a divorce and Morgan Mays wants alimony. When the fed-up judge decides Morgan deserves it all, the two face off with each other, only to discover it s easier to keep her as his wife. Brian McKnight and Vivica A. Fox star in the box office breaking, critically acclaimed stage play.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One thing that may not be immediately evident as you shop Je'Caryous Johnson's "Cheaper to Keep Her" is that this is a filmed presentation of a live stage play. There is an audience, the actors are clearly miked, and everything is played to the rafters to the delight of a cheering crowd. "Cheaper to Keep Her" recently finished its national tour in over 40 cities, and this is a great way to get in on the fun in case you weren't able to see it live. I think it's fair to say that Johnson's piece plays for broad comedy appeal, as opposed to getting mired down in real relationship drama. It handles some serious topics such as divorce and infidelity (and even glosses over a murder), but it's all done with slapstick enthusiasm by a spirited cast. It's the kind of play where all men are dogs and women exist to tame their wicked ways. It's an easy cliche, to be sure, but the live audience didn't seem to mind as they whooped and hollered in support of the female characters. And as long as you don't expect much seriousness, the play succeeds as lighthearted amusement.

Viveca Fox and Brian McKnight play the central married couple at the heart of the plot. Fox is the put-upon beauty who has devoted everything to her man, and McKnight is the selfish lout who doesn't appreciate her. Egged on by their friends, the play unfolds in a man versus woman dynamic that is utterly familiar to anyone who has ever seen a romantic comedy. But with everyone fully committed to larger-than-life performances, it's hard not to get caught up in the spirit. It helps immeasurably that Fox and McKnight are allowed to play off their well known personas (an early joke references her appearance on Dancing with the Stars, and he is allowed to break into song frequently).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Entertainment!!!! December 22, 2011
This is a good play to enjoy with your mate and/or family & friends. The plot was okay but needs a little more tweeking. However, he had an excellent cast line-up. They kept you laughing. The music was wonderful especially if you're a Brian McKnight fan. I would say this director is an up and coming star and I look forward to seeing more of his work in the near future. I recommend this movie for everyone. Je'Caryous Johnson's Cheaper To Keep Her
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! December 13, 2011
By Lois
I watched this play with some apprehension. After seeing one too many bad plays, I was worried that this would be another sterotypical, poorly written play full of non-acting. Boy, I couldnt have been more wrong! I loved this play from beginning to end. Not only was it hilarious, but there was a strong message that left me feeling like this was money well spent. I am headed to check out other JeCaryous Johnson plays! I hope they're all like this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and Entertaining April 4, 2012
By Lovely
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From my perspective, I saw a troubled marriage riddled with repeat arguments over the same subject, lack of agreement with goals and values and distractions from the issues of their marriage. I saw a couple who lost their way together and regret the choices made that gave rise to it crumbling. A love story about restoration combined with perfect comedic timing; I so needed to laugh and this play provided plenty of opportunities. The balance of dialogue and music worked for me, there was an actual storyline that was presented nicely and accompanied by music that wasn't overpowering or too much. My only reservations pertain to the editing of the play, it was obvious that the battle between the boys was cut short, I wish the battle had played out in its entirety. For this reason I wish I had seen the play live. Overall, Cheaper to Keeper was simply entertaining and enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JE'CARYOUS JOHNSON'S CHEAPER TO KEEP HER February 3, 2012
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I love all of the Je-Caryous Johnson's plays. But this one I especially loved because of Christian Keyes. I love and have loved Christian Keyes since he started acting. I also love Brian McKnight. So yes, this is a play you all will want to get. Love it!!! Can't say it enough. Love the story line, plot, everything the acting/singing was awesome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good play! December 23, 2011
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Although there are three couples the play is basicly about Viveca Fox and Brian McKnight's characters. Although they've been married for 10 years, the husband, who is a doctor, still doesn't really knows his wifes wants and dreams; except that she wants a family and he doesn't. She's devoted all of her energy into putting his wants and needs first; which include finally opening up his own private family practice. One day, he comes home and tells her some news that rocks her to the core. With the constant instigating by their friends, we watch as the men and women battle it out for dominance. The play is very entertaining and filled with the music of Brian McKnight. Watch this play to see why men have said for years and Johnnie Taylor made a song to tell men that, "It's Cheaper To Keep Her."
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing!!!!!!! December 18, 2011
I saw this when it came to Dallas and it was sooooooo good that I couldn't wait for it to come out on DVD. I just watched it with my family and we laughed so much. That darn Brian McKnight show can SANG!!!! This play had everything that a girl wants... ROMANCE, LAUGHTER, SEXY MEN (Oh Lawd that Christian Keyes), and GREAT MUSIC. Cant wait for the next one to come out on DVD. I will definitely be making a purchase... GET THIS ONE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real keeper...
I am a huge fan of black plays, so when I saw this All-star cast I had to rent it. After viewing it and my rental period was up, I immediately bought it to add to my collection on... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Chandra Vinning
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
I enjoyed the end when the two gentlemen were fighting for the lady. Ca-ren's part was a bit over kill. But overall a good play. There was limited cussing praise the Lord.
Published 13 days ago by Mema
5.0 out of 5 stars very good, very good ,love his plays and movies, i recommend
very good, very good ,love his plays and cd, I would recomend, I buy all of his items, cant get enough plays or movies please make more I go to see his plays when they come to town
Published 6 months ago by carita smith
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
I usually enjoy Je'Caryous Johnson's plays but something was about this that didn't sell me.. maybe it was better live.
Published 11 months ago by BowDwn2theQueen
5.0 out of 5 stars OK
Ok movie. Entertained me while I watched it. Don't think much of it. I promised you will not regret it!
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible!
I was hoping the play would get better..after 30 min of watching them overact and try to amuse i gave up. Read more
Published 13 months ago by L Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought
I am not much into plays, but this one was better than I thought. It was good to see Karen Malina White again. Vivica was great as usually. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Judy Easterling
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching!!
One of JE' Carryous better stage plays. Vivica A. Fox and Brian McKnight make a good team; their chemistry works great on stage.
Published 14 months ago by Fred J.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this play
It was good to see Vivica Fox, Brian McKnight and Christian Keyes in this play. I really enjoyed this play. Je'Caryous Johnson has another hit play.
Published 14 months ago by Anita L. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This was an awesome movie and it had a great story line. I love the actresses and actors who played in this movie. This is a movie well done. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ANNETTE ANDERSON
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