I Can Do Bad All By Myself

2009

I Can Do Bad All By Myself

Critics Consensus

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

60%

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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) is hardly a role model; a self-destructive songbird with a serious drinking problem, she spends her nights at the club and relies on her married boyfriend, Raymond, to pay the bills. Suddenly, into April's life wanders Sandino (Adam Rodriguez), a hard-luck immigrant in search of some honest work. Before long, Sandino has moved into April's basement room, and formed a solid connection with the kids. The closer April and Sandino grow, the more April begins to recognize the importance of faith and family. When the time comes to say goodbye to her old ways and start a new life, the wounded chanteuse realizes that she may have finally found the true love that's always eluded her. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Tyler Perry
as Madea/Joe
Marvin Winans
as Pastor Brian
Randall Taylor
as Mr. Bradley
Tess Malis Kincaid
as Ms. Sullivan
Cheryl B. Pratt
as 911 Dispatcher
Judith Franklin
as Rock Steady Background Singer
Jameaka Tubbs
as Rock Steady Background Singer
Thomasina Walker
as Rock Steady Background Singer
Jamilah Windham
as Rock Steady Background Singer
Greta Glenn
as Mama Rose
Toni Redd
as Background Singer
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Critic Reviews for I Can Do Bad All By Myself

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (18)

  • 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.

    Oct 2, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Narratively and grammatically dim redemption pap.

    Sep 16, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Sep 15, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 15, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Though no one would cite him for the cinematic qualities of his visually pedestrian films, Perry is a master conductor of emotions.

    Sep 14, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • Mr. Perry has his moviemaking machine running smoothly, which is to say somewhat predictably.

    Sep 14, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for I Can Do Bad All By Myself

  • Dec 02, 2011
    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.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2011
    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.
    Jim C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2010
    Taraji P. Henson is a force of nature in this Tyler Perry film. Watch how she constantly and confidently changes tone from righteous indignation to emotionally broken to a soul sister over the course of two hours. The material is obvious and a bit demeaning...but she almost overcomes the script by herself. Other actors help her out in fits and starts, though none have the sheer gravitas of Henson. (In regards to demeaning: there's the insinuation Henson's April needs a good man in her life. Not that she can do it all by herself, but the man is key. I have a problem with that. Then there's the revelation April lives literally next door to church but hasn't been there in ages. Really? REALLY?) The real downside here is Perry as the insufferable Madea. Perry's appearances drag the film from the family drama it should be into the realm of comedy, which is wildly off target for the material. Yes, I suppose the audience needed a familiar face to dive into the movie, but I wish that face hadn't been Madea. Really, though, I'd take a whole Madea movie as long as Henson was right there on the screen. What a magnetic personality and a terrific actress unafraid to do anything the script asks her to do.
    Jason V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    Gosh, I really wanted to love this movie. I didn't expect Madea to be in it, and when she showed up I laughed and laughed. Those parts are great, and the only reason why I gave it 3 stars...otherwise I would have given it 2. There were WAY too many singing performances in this movie. I know that Madea's name was not in the title, so apparently she wasn't a big part of this movie. Well, she needed to be to make it better.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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