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Je'Caryous Johnson's Cheaper To Keep Her

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Vivica A. Fox, Brian McKnight
  • Directors: Je'Caryous Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • 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 (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MR4P5W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 2, 2011
Format: DVD
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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By Lois on December 13, 2011
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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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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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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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This was so awesome, funny, exciting, twist and turns... I did not want this to end... This was on point and needs to be discussed more in the African American culture... so many times many look for greener grass instead of caring for what they already have, instead of studying what they already have and making that work.. Many times many people think that they can just start over and every thing will be utopia.. no such thing... but it does make since to keep what you have and work on that..

I loved the subject matter, the ending, all the characters did a marvelous job! The story line is reality and on time! Please make more plays like this, because too many times we do not take care of our marriages or home. We neglect them and then turn and want to walk away and say its been this way for a long time...

Time to wake up and get right! You will learn so many lessons from this and you will walk away refreshed! You will want more and you will be blessed! Don't miss out on this awesome play! The singing is great, the acting is great! add this to your collection!

And remember it is cheaper to take care of your marriage now... Don't let your family, friends, career take over your marriage. Remember the one who has been there for you through it all.

******Update!****12/28/2012*************still watching and still love this!**
This made for great holiday fun! We watched this and this was so awesome! We laughed and laughed! This is a great play! We will continue to watch this over and over! Great family fun, ladies night, couple time, just watch and be inspired!

Enjoy!
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