"Too Shrill and Uninspiring"
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TYLER PERRY’S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO? becomes too shrill and uninspiring to generate much sympathy for its characters. The movie’s lesson comes at the very end, too late to get beyond the meandering story and shrill arguments that seem to go on endlessly. Unlike Tyler Perry’s other movies, including the previous WHY DID I GET MARRIED, this sequel contains no strong positive references to Christianity or Jesus Christ. The movie’s frequent foul language, disturbing marital arguments and alcohol use require extreme caution.
(B, PaPa, H, LLL, VV, S, N, AA, D, MM) Light moral worldview with a couple light statements of gratitude to God but with a lot of bickering reflecting a strong a-religious pagan perspective and some humanist psychobabble; at least 67 obscenities (including many “h,” “d,” and a** words) and five light profanities (My God or Oh God); strong, sometimes disturbing, marital violence includes drunken man struggles with wife holding her down forcibly on couch, drunken man slams vodka bottle down onto floor, distraught woman smashes glass objects in living room, car crash after argument, angry woman fires gun in house, and man punches another man; discussion about possible affairs, couple discusses woman’s emotional obsession with another man, sounds of fornication heard, married men briefly discuss marital sex, and woman finds unmarried maid and gardener in her bed; frequent upper male nudity and some female cleavage; alcohol use and drunkenness; brief smoking; and, married couple constantly bickers, intense arguments, insults, and divorce.
TYLER PERRY’S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO? is an intense drama about the marital problems of four middle class African American couples. The movie is too shrill and uninspiring to generate much sympathy for its characters.
The story opens with Terry and Diane, Patricia and Gavin, Troy and Sheila, and Angela and Marcus going to the Bahamas for their annual marriage retreat. Sheila’s abusive ex-husband, Mike, who has a timeshare for the Bahamas resort with his male buddies, shows up, spoiling the week. At the end of the week, everyone is shocked to find out that Patricia, a marriage counselor, is divorcing Gavin.
Back in Atlanta, the bickering between Angela and Marcus (mostly used for comedy) and Patricia and Gavin increases. Meanwhile, Troy gets more upset that he hasn’t found a job yet since he and Sheila moved from Colorado. Also, Terry suspects Diane is having an affair with another lawyer. Finally, Sheila learns that her ex has a secret requiring her help. Only a tragedy reminds everyone that love is the ultimate glue that holds a marriage together.
The movie’s lesson comes at the very end, too late to get beyond the meandering story and shrill arguments that seem to go on endlessly. Unlike Tyler Perry’s other movies, including the previous WHY DID I GET MARRIED, this sequel contains no strong positive references to Christianity or Jesus Christ. Also, Patricia, the marriage counselor played by Janet Jackson, seems to rely only on humanist, feely touchy psychobabble, so no wonder her marriage falls apart.
WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?, a sequel, is not as interesting or worthwhile as its predecessor. It also has more strong foul language in it, and some of the marital violence between Patricia and Gavin is disturbing. So, extreme caution is warranted.