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Mixed feelings about a very good movie.
on January 2, 2011
I should preface by stating that I love Tyler Perry movies. His stage and screen works are excellent. This movie version of the play, however, is low on my list of favorites. While, technically, WHY DID I GET MARRIED? is a great film, I was very put off by the character of Mike (played by Richard T Jones) who continually abuses and berates his overweight wife (Played by Jill Scott). I am so put off by his character that I sometimes skim over his parts when I watch the movie on DVD (I've watched the movie many times and enjoy it, on the whole). I understand why Tyler Perry wrote that character and it was very well played by Jones. However, his constant verbal abuse and total disregard of his wife seems to go too far. Is anyone really that much of a pig? Even if his character is believable, it's just too much for me to watch. And the wife seems a little too self-pitying for my taste. I would prefer to see a stronger female character in her. I should add, however, that the rest of the characters are outstanding. I particularly like the characters of the slightly confused husband dealing with his loud-mouth, boozing wife (Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith). It's particularly good when the husband finally takes a stand against his current boozing wife and his ex-wife who interferes. The characters of the couple who are still dealing with the loss of their child (Janet Jackson and Malik Yoba) are excellent. The scene where they break down and cry about the night their son died, thus letting out all their pent up feelings, is the best part of their story. Then, of course, there's the power couple (Tyler Perry and Sharon Leal) who need to work out their troubles. Tyler Perry's character seems to be the strongest and best part of the movie. His character has the most depth, I think. With the exception of the abusive husband character (Jones), most of the characters in this movie are easy to relate to. The story is well done and captures your attention. The dialogue is realistic and flows well. Despite my three-star rating, which I only assigned because of the one flawed character of the abusive Mike, I highly recommend it.