I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Though somewhat formulaic and predictable, Perry succeeds in mixing broad humor with sincere sentimentality to palatable effect.


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A hard-living nightclub singer discovers the importance of family with the help of a handsome Mexican immigrant in this inspirational comedy drama from writer/director Tyler Perry. When pistol-packing granny Madea (Perry) awakens to the sound of her home being ransacked by wayward teen Jennifer (Hope Olaide Wilson) and her two younger brothers, she promptly marches the troubled kids over their aunt April's house. But despite being the only relative the kids can turn to, April (Taraji P. Henson) … More

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tyler Perry
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 28, 2005
Box Office: $51.7M
Runtime:
Lionsgate Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for I Can Do Bad All By Myself

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14)

Contrived, sentimental, tonally bipolar, and as predictable as clockwork, this latest from chitlin' circuit impressario Tyler Perry is just a fat slab of ecstatic entertainment.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Chicago Reader
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Narratively and grammatically dim redemption pap.

Full Review… | September 16, 2009
Time Out
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If the Atlanta impresario is just bored with cranking out two adaptations a year of his earlier stage work, the audience is getting restless, too.

Full Review… | September 15, 2009
Village Voice
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It is easy to knock the Tyler Perry formula, but you have to give the man credit: He knows how to create meaty roles for women.

Full Review… | September 15, 2009
Arizona Republic
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Though no one would cite him for the cinematic qualities of his visually pedestrian films, Perry is a master conductor of emotions.

Full Review… | September 14, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Mr. Perry has his moviemaking machine running smoothly, which is to say somewhat predictably.

September 14, 2009
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for I Can Do Bad All By Myself

½

02/01/2012 (PS3, NETFLIX)

EightThirty
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½

I Can Do Bad By Myself may possibly be Tyler Perrys best film and has shown he is sometime a very good director. The plot focuses on one story instead on a bunch of them. and thats a good thing because then we get to know the characters and we care about them, but I really did get into the story. The cast was very good, Tyler Perry is funny as usual, and Taraji P Henson plays a great and very emotional role and she made me cry near the end. The music wasn't for me, many people may enjoy that but its just boring music to me, but hey, its my opinion. If I have said it once, ive said it a thousand times, we want more Madea in these films, you can't just use her like three times and make us laugh and cry, its really hard, but I still love Madea. I Can Do Bad By Myself has some pretty big flaws, but what it doesnt make a mistake in is acting and story, I really enjoyed this film and I recommend it.

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Jim Careter

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½

Cast: Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Brian J. White, Hope Olaide Wilson, Mary J. Blige, Adam Rodriguez, Kwesi Boakye, Frederick Siglar, Gladys Knight, Marvin Winans, Eric Mendenhall

Director: Tyler Perry

Summary: Jennifer (Hope Olaide Wilson) and her kid brothers realize they've picked the wrong house to rob when they come face-to-face with quick-tempered matriarch Madea (Tyler Perry), who promptly deposits them with the only family they have: their hard-living aunt April (Taraji P. Henson), a nightclub singer. April's got no room in her heart for the kids -- until a handsome new tenant (Adam Rodriguez) starts to crack her tough exterior.

My Thoughts: "A typical Tyler Perry movie with the same premise as his other films. Another woman in a bad position being rescued by another "prince charming". Different story, but the same outcome. It's getting a bit boring. The women in these stories are all starting to blend into one another. Beaten, raped, molested, or being cheated on. Basically they all get treated bad by men in their life, and then here comes another man to treat them right. Although there is comedy to relieve some of it, its still the same feel of the other films. So if your looking for something new and he hasn't done before, this one isn't it. I would like to see him do something different. Also, why is the answer to every woman's problem in his films solved by a new man. Can't these woman be strong and independent? Not every woman needs a man to make it all alright. Just getting old with these story-lines. Tyler Perry needs to start looking outside the box he has put himself in, cause these concepts are played out and he needs new material."

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