Posted: 04/04/2010


Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too

by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

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Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too is a nice film that brought back the four couples and a few extra surprises as they gathered for their annual retreat in the Bahamas. I was thrilled to see Cicely Tyson and Louis Gossett Jr. playing an older married couple who was invited to sit with the four couples one night along the beach to purge and watch the fireworks.

The formula for this movie was exactly the same as the first installment, Why Did I Get Married. Janet Jackson is a stand out in her performance as the therapist Patricia, and it’s easy to see that her scenes may have been emotionally enhanced with the news of her brother’s death. Her acting was more heart wrenching and involved than in the first movie, as she and her husband, Gavin, played by Malik Yoba, pretended to be the only couple whose marriage was tightly together. But the end provided twists and revelations about their shattered, secret relationship.

Tasha Smith plays Angela, whose hubby, Marcus, played by Michael Jai White, is the recipient of her misery, disrespect and constant upbraiding. I suppose since Perry doesn’t appear in this movie as Madea, he must have the brazen, over-the-top Black woman to fill Madea’s shoes. Frankly, I’m getting bored with Angela’s cussing, drinking, and perpetual lambasting of her husband, whom she believes is cheating on her.

Jill Scott plays Sheila, and her new hubby, Troy, is played by Lammon Rucker. These newlyweds also have a new baby, as well as a new town, as they have recently relocated to Atlanta from Colorado, where Troy at least was gainfully employed. His inability to find work and provide for his family is the source of much frustration and arguments between him and Sheila.

Finally, Tyler Perry plays Terry and his wife is Sharon Leal who plays Dianne. Since the last movie, these two also have had a child, but for some strange reason Terry believes that Dianne is cheating on him, albeit he’s not as brazen about it as Angela is regarding Marcus.

Richard T. Jones comes along to cause friction, as his character Mike was once married to Sheila, but he had paid into the timeshare and makes everyone aware of this fact, while he intrudes upon the other four couples.

The movie is a departure from the Tyler Perry Madea movies, and I love these movies with real people and without the vaudeville that I think Madea brings to the stage. Why Did I Get Married Too, although full of much from the last movie, brought new ranges for the actors, new situations and shocking final moments—enough to fill about two hours on the big screen.

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.

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