Sunday, March 31, 2013

REVIEW: Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

Tyler Perry's Temptation:
Confessions of a
Marriage Counselor

Jurnee Smollett-Bell,
Lance Gross


March 29, 2013

Tyler Perry


1 hour 51 minutes



Well, it took me long enough to see my first Tyler Perry movie.  Unfortunately, I kind of wish I had waited a little while longer to see one of his movies instead of seeing 'Temptation.'  The full title of 'Temptation' is 'Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor,' but frankly it would take a long time to read this by using that title every time I mention the name, so let's just stick with 'Temptation,' since chances are nobody will remember this movie by the end of the year.  This film stars a lot of somewhat unknown actors/celebrities, with the only names that pop off the poster are Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Williams, both of whom are horrible in this movie.  The plot of the film basically says why you should never leave the love of your life for someone new and how you should be a good Christian 24/7 instead of sleeping around with the first guy who says they can offer you something more.  If you're a Tyler Perry fan, then I'm going to guess that you will probably enjoy this movie.  If you are anybody else, then this movie is 2 hours of wasted time and money.

The sad thing about this movie is that it had the potential to be good.  In fact, the first 45 minutes had me somewhat invested with the main characters and the conflicts the main girl Judith was going through.  There was even a shimmer of decent acting from the three main leads of the movie.  Everyone else in the cast is pretty forgettable and just downright bad.  As soon as Judith goes into her little love affair on an airplane, everything just goes downhill by incorporating a twist that if you think about it, it can be predicted early on in the film.  My entire audience was shocked as any typical audience would be.  I was just sitting in my seat saying to myself "Really? How could nobody have seen this coming like an hour ago?"

Tyler Perry just knows how to please his regular demographic and nobody else.  If he was able to make a movie that could please all audiences, then maybe he could get somewhere in life other than just making either sappy dramas or stupid comedies where he dresses up as a criminal christian woman with some sass.  'Temptation' is an example of when the slightest glimmer of something decent gets hammered down by wacky editing, a stupid twist, and some terrible jokes that will make anyone with the mind of a 13 year old laugh.  Seriously, I sensed a little bit of goodness in this movie while watching it.  I see the potential that Perry has as a director and a writer.  If he's able to write something that isn't just for his demographic audience, then maybe he'll go farther than he is now in Hollywood.  In the mean time, please spend your hard earned time and money on seeing something else.


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