TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED?
Getting Marriage Counseling through God and One Another
Starring: Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson,
Jill Scott, Michael Jai White,
Tasha Smith, Lammon Rucker,
Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba,
Richard T. Jones, and Denise
Genre: Comical Drama
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 118 minutes
Director: Tyler Perry
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Tyler Perry and Reuben Cannon
Writer: Tyler Perry
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Directed by Tyler Perry, who also stars, the movie is a big-screen adaptation of Perry’s successful stage play of the same title. It is about the difficulties of maintaining a solid marriage in modern times.
The story is about four married couples who reunite in the snowcapped mountains of Colorado for their annual marriage retreat together. They are led by Patricia, a popular psychologist and best-selling author. The couples get several surprises along the way. Patricia and her husband, Gavin, share secret grief over a terrible tragedy that they have been refusing to fully face. Angela and Marcus argue constantly, and Marcus has a medical secret that could finally break up their marriage. Meanwhile, Mike, a philandering husband, constantly berates his wife Sheila, a sweet faithful Christian with weight issues. Finally, Terry is getting fed up with his wife Dianne’s total absorption in her legal career.
WHY DID I GET MARRIED? is Tyler Perry’s best movie to date. He even shows some considerable acting chops in this sometimes funny melodrama. The rest of the cast does a fine job, especially singer Jill Scott as Sheila, the character suffering the most visible emotional pain in this piece.
Like Tyler Perry’s other movies, WHY DID I GET MARRIED? contains a strong Christian worldview with a strong moral outlook. These positive qualities are diminished by lots of PG-13 foul language and some sexual references, including references to having a sexually transmitted disease. This content, and the movie’s mature themes, require extreme caution, especially to those who are sensitive about such matters.
One point should be discussed in relation to this particular movie. Patricia, the psychologist in the story, advocates marriage retreats for couples where couples ask themselves “Why Did I Get Married?,” but her concept of retreats is a general one that’s not centered on Jesus, God and the Bible as a church retreat on marriage probably would be. Church retreats for married couples are a great idea that MOVIEGUIDE® supports, but such retreats should focus first and foremost on our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who is God in the Flesh. They should also focus on explicit biblical principles that the retreat leaders and the couples can glean from God’s Word.
WHY DID I GET MARRIED? is an unabashed soap opera, but it has some very funny moments to go along with its well-directed, and well-acted, drama. The movie has a solid Christian worldview, but there is enough foul language and frank sexual references to make it unsuitable for those under 17. That’s not the targeted audience for this movie anyway, however. In the end, the movie extols marriage, love, commitment, prayer, and depending on God.