Tyler Perry’s fourth feature examines contemporary couplehood

Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married

on October 12, 2007 by Tim Cogshell

During an annual college reunion trip to Colorado, eight married college friends (including Janet Jackson and Tyler Perry himself) face the reality of their relationships when it is revealed that there has been infidelity among one of the pairs. This realization sparks conflict both internal and external, causing each couple to look at their own marital situations in search of an answer to the titular question—Why Did I Get Married?

Writer/director Perry's fourth feature is once again adapted from one of the prolific playwright's many stage productions. Like Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion and Daddy's Little Girls, Why Did I Get Married? is Perry's take on black American family life with all its travails and revelations, chockfull of homespun homilies (despite the absence of Perry's Madea character) and an uplifting message wherein God and a little "common sense" will always prevail. They are effectively episodes of Good Times with middle-class families and better production values.

As is the case with all Tyler Perry adaptations, the measure of the movie has more to do with how much one identifies with Mr. Perry's fairly one-dimensional (and stereotypical) take on … everything. The more you identify, the more you'll like it. —

Cast: Tyler Perry, Sharon Leal, Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba, Jill Scott, Richard T. Jones, Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White
Director/Screenwriter: Tyler Perry
Producers: Tyler Perry and Reuben Cannon
Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual references and language
Running time: 113 min.
Release date: October 12, 2007
Distributor: Lionsgate

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