The Single Moms Club (2014)

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Critic Consensus: The Single Moms' Club finds Tyler Perry avoiding some of the pitfalls of his earlier work, but continuing to rely on heavy-handed melodrama at the expense of sensible characters or absorbing storylines.

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When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. (c) Lionsgate
Rating:
PG-13 (for some sexual material and thematic elements)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Nia Long
as May
Amy Smart
as Hillary
Zulay Henao
as Esperanza
Cocoa Brown
as Lytia
Ryan Eggold
as Peter
Terry Crews
as Branson
Eddie Cibrian
as Santos
Vanessa Velasco
as Veronica
Marlene Forte
as Manny's Mother
Brandon Olive
as Kramer
Ashley LeConte Campbell
as Hillary's Attorney
Kenny Alfonso
as David's Attorney
Alpha Trivette
as Board Member #1
Dan Chandler
as Board Member #2
Niki Spiridakos
as Secretary
William E. Jackson, II
as Waffle House Manager
Carrie Walrond
as Principal Walters
Angela Matemotja
as Christina
Helen Ingebritson
as Piano Teacher
Herrari Hamilton
as Coffee Shop Waiter
John Doyle
as Man #1
Tasia Grant
as Female Bystander
Gabriel Lopez
as Mariachi Singer
Terry Burchett
as Male Karaoke Singer
Sara Vonzine
as Female Karaoke Singer
Helen Ingebritsen
as Piano Teacher
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Critic Reviews for The Single Moms Club

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (14)

The moral here is that no challenge is insurmountable if you form a club. And keep a wine opener handy.

Full Review… | March 16, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

In Tyler Perry's latest opus, "The Single Moms Club," he demonstrates how disparate stereotypes can find common ground through the power of a single cliché.

Full Review… | March 16, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

[T]his is a film about catharsis and camaraderie, not logic.

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

This is How Stella Got Her Groove Back for the Pop-Tart crowd, a wish-fulfillment weepie that narrowly clears Perry's low bar, thanks mostly to Wendi McLendon-Covey and Cocoa Brown

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Mr. Perry's latest film touches upon some recognizable and realistic challenges with efficient compassion, but there's probably more dramatic tension in a car pool than in this film's collection of predicaments.

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Just wondering, but if these sisters are indeed capable of doing it for themselves as the film insists, why can't at least one of them do it without a man?

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Single Moms Club

This movie was a total chic-flick. My wife suckered me into watching this movie by saying it had male humor in it, but it totally did not. I'm giving it 2 stars because I'm a man and I could not relate to this movie at all and have no desire to see it again.

Perry Westmoreland
Perry Westmoreland

I very much enjoyed this movie. Loved the story lines , characters and their dynamics. One of my favorite Tyler Perry movies.

Eleanor Behm
Eleanor Behm

As Roxane Gay notes in her book of essays "Bad Feminist": "Tyler Perry loves to tell a good morality tale." This has hindered me from watching a Tyler Perry production since the 2005 film "Diary of a Mad Black Woman." That film was filled with forced morality, and stifling stereotypes. This film, too, has its moments of morality, especially when it comes to caricaturized men who are made unnecessarily villainous to suit a woman-power narrative. The women have to fight against ex-husbands, addict ex-boyfriends, institutionalized sexism, and poverty. Each of the women in this film learn a lesson, spoon fed to the audience with each guiltily soapy scene. The women's interactions with each other often revolve around complaining about men, their children, and their lack of support. I'm not even sure that this film can pass the Bechdel Test, or if it does than it's by a narrow margin. While it's nice to see a film helmed by women, I just wish their characters are explored beyond their families. While Jan (McLendon-Covey) has a major plot with her job, it's quickly abandoned, because she is portrayed as a harried career woman who is completely closed off and man hating. It's much better than past Tyler Perry films, but not by much.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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