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I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Widescreen Edition)
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When Madea, America's favorite pistol-packing grandma, catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. Initially wanting nothing to do with the kids, April learns along the way that she can change her old ways and become a better person. But it takes a lot of work and the help of a handsome Mexican immigrant who moves in with April to push her to change.
In one of his most satisfying films to date, Tyler Perry keeps the faith with his devoted audience, giving them his signature mash-up of heart-wrenching melodrama (there's enough material here for a dozen Lifetime movies), outrageous comic relief, and soul-stirring spiritual uplift. Adapted from his play of the same name, I Can Do Bad All by Myself stars Taraji P. Henson as April, another damaged Perry woman on the verge. She's an alcoholic nightclub singer involved with a controlling married man and estranged from her mother and her church (despite the best efforts of a congregant portrayed by Gladys Knight). When her mother dies, April is forced to take in her dead crack-addict sister's three children. She does not exactly put out the welcome mat. Perry's crowd-pleasing signature character, Madea, aka "the heavyweight champion of the world," is mostly offscreen, but she makes the most of her scant screen time, serving up her own brand of old school discipline ("I promise you gonna come up missing," she threatens one troubled teen who talks back to her) and values-added wisdom ("You get out of this life what you put into it"). Will April finally see the light, accept the Lord, and open her heart to the kids and the saintly (and handsome) Colombian immigrant handyman (Adam Rodriguez) who lives in her basement? Knight, Marvin Winans, and Mary J. Blige raise the roof with showstopping gospel and blues numbers that capture the fervor of a Perry theatrical experience. Another Perry film not screened in advance for critics, another film that was No. 1 at the box office its opening weekend, I Can Do Bad All by Myself is further testimony that, for now, Perry can seemingly do no wrong. --Donald Liebenson
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The main character April was sexual abused by her mothers boyfriend and she never got help. She became a selfish person to survive and an alcoholic. She has to help her sister kids since she's now their only resources. She finally has chance with real love with her Mexican tenant and repair guy only problem is she is dating a married man who even tries to rape her niece . God all mighty is the star of this film with all the church services and songs to boot. I love it to watch a ,movie and a church service at the same time how can you beat that. With God on her side she finally gets save and it all comes together. God the family kids and a real man that loves her. This is why I love this movie.
1. Madea catches three (abandoned) children trying to steal food from her.
2. She befriends them and puts them to work and puts them back in touch with a selfish relative.
3. The relative finds redemption in the process of caring for the children and ending the relationship with her married boyfriend.
This really is a typical Tyler Perry movie, and it is on a theme that he has visited before (Redemption-- Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail). Still, it's not a bad use of a couple of hours.
The theme is easy enough to follow, and he is actually putting someone to work (instead of a bunch of negative, vitriolic complaining about NOTHING and commentary on issues that NO ONE cares about-- i.e., Spike Lee).
Verdict: Reommended for the rental price.