GOOD DEEDS (2012)
Running Time: 110 mins. Rating: 2 1/2 Stars/5 Stars
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Tyler Perry
Cast: Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Eddie Cibrian, Brian White, Jordenn Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Beverly Johnson, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy
Tyler Perry’s GOOD DEEDS can be summed up in one word: unbelievable. The story doesn’t make sense, the characters are unrealistic and there goes basically all the elements of a good movie. It looks like Tyler Perry is losing his fire since the days of WHY DID I GET MARRIED? and DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN. This film is just about a boring guy trying to be unpredictable.
Tyler Perry plays Wesley Deeds, the CEO of some computer software company. It’s pretty clear that he isn’t happy with his picture-perfect life with his bombshell wife-to-be Natalie (Gabrielle Union) and no one can understand why. His brother, Walter (Brian White), is like some cartoon depiction of what a mad black man would be, resenting his father for choosing his more responsible brother to take over the company, like that’s some seriously wrong decision to make. There’s the pretentious mother that wants everything to be perfect, the trouble-making single mother Lindsey (Thandie Newton) and her adorable 6-year-old daughter Ariel (Jordenn Thompson). We can pretty much determine the rest of the film at this point.
I did enjoy the comedic moments while Wesley transitioned out of his mundane predictable self and took charge of his own life, from his ‘casual Friday’ wardrobe to jamming out to 2Pac. He definitely won some hearts representing a good man that just wants to do right in the world above everything else, especially himself. We get the message loud and clear Tyler, but what’s with the cookie-cutter characters and poor vs. rich story? I feel like this movie was made in the ‘90s — what CEO decides to stay out and help a janitor who parks in his spot and calls him an ‘ass’?
The most disappointing aspects are the lack of sex and fighting scenes. I’ve never seen a cleaner break-up than the one with Wesley and Natalie, and at their engagement party of all places. There isn’t any of that raw emotion you’re expecting to see in a Tyler Perry flick. Instead there’s like a weird montage of slow-motion images where Wesley makes love to his fiancé “as if he was making love to someone else” and a super long motorcycle ride down the most random road to an unrecognizable R&B song. If you’re a Tyler Perry fan you’ll be disappointed but still supportive, like the typical women he features that you’re supposed to feel sorry for and promise never to become.
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