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.
Part Couples Retreat
and part Douglas Sirk on steroids, Tyler Perry's sequel to his 2007 ensemble drama from the play
of the same name reunites the four dysfunctional couples from the original film and runs each relationship (and the audience) again through the wringer. If you missed the first trip, don't sweat it. Perry writes in broad strokes, rendering each character readily definable (prideful husband, harpy wife, etc). The Bahamas is an exotic upgrade from Colorado, but the couples arrive for their annual retreat with even more baggage. Relationship guru Patricia (Janet Jackson) is unable to save her own marriage to Gavin (Malik Yoba). Terry (Perry) suspects his attorney wife Diane (Sharon Leal) is cheating on him, while Angela (Tasha Smith) is convinced her husband Marcus (Michael Jai White), now a successful sports talk show host, is cheating on her. Sheila (Jill Scott) is now married to former sheriff Troy (Lamman Rucker), who cannot find a job. Further drama arrives in the form of Sheila's abusive ex-husband Mike (Richard T. Jones), who claims his time-share privileges. The film is graced by the all-too-brief appearances of Louis Gossett Jr. and Cicely Tyson as an elderly married pair who provide the couples with a reality check. Even by Perry standards, the film's last half hour is one jaw-dropping confrontation/revelation after another on its way to the requisite uplifting conclusion. Some may miss Madea, but Angela's Katrina-esque rants fill the void. Using Gavin's 80/20 theory of marriage introduced in the first film, Too
gives his fans even more than 80 percent of what they want in a Tyler Perry film. --Donald Liebenson