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Tyler Perry is Back With Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

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Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
Written and directed by Tyler Perry
Lionsgate Films
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Tyler Perry has had almost as much success inciting vitriol as he’s had making millions—so it can be easy to forget that there’s a reason his films are wildly successful. Yes, they play to an audience that has been greatly underserved by Hollywood, and each is stamped by formulas that effectively support a larger moralistic worldview. But those formulas, sadly, lack insight or originality. Temptation is a conservative morality tale in which young married therapist Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) begins to fall for a billionaire, Harley (Robbie Jones), who may be investing in her matchmaking company. The film exists in a universe where workplace sexual harassment is the unquestioned norm, conservative ideas about women’s social roles are exalted above women’s professional ambitions, and Kim Kardashian is a reasonable choice for a role involving acting. The narrative hinges on an unearned turn: Judith’s billionaire-affair goes from one in which she’s freed from her ungrateful, inconsiderate husband to one in which she and Harley turn into coked-addled deviants overnight. Perry has some worthwhile filmic models—Temptation gestures at Woody Allen in its setup, and Douglas Sirk in its melodrama—but he isn’t even in the same star cluster as those greats. He manages a few touching moments, notably a scene in which Judith’s husband (Lance Gross) does a naked-cowboy rendition of “Try a Little Tenderness,” but Temptation’s refusal to find nuance in its didactic worldview ensures that the film will ultimately only succeed for audiences already in agreement with it.

 
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Bluelace
Bluelace

OMG I couldn't have said it better!! I was so disappointed in this film. Honestly, I am disappointed in almost all of Tyler's movies. I think I am a fan of his moreso than a fan of his film making. I wish he would hire writers that pay closer attention to detail and refuse to rush a plot. Writers who believe in developing the characters and create a plot that flows with seemless ambition. It was like watching a train wreck. He rushes the plots and provides central platforms for those individuals who can't act. Its ANNOYING! This movie was just plain AWFUL!! .

mcoordinator2001
mcoordinator2001

I totaly agree. Just saw it tonight & I was tempted 2 leave 20m into the film. I thought my opinion abt why I'm so annoyed by TPs movie was me being a wanna-be critic but honestly its just plain common sense. I love a good movie with a great plot, a background story, characters with some depth, unpredictable plot turns& I don't even mind a moral or social lesson that I can understand even if I don't agree with it.his characters are so one dimensional & all TP is doing is rushing to the moral lesson without care for the viewer. I can get he has a point to make but seriously his writing skills are highly overrated. He doesn't know the diff btwn writing a play and writing a film script. The chittlin circuit is a broader mix of ppl and expectations vary. You can't get away with this shotty plot, poor plot flow& corny one liners in addition to BAD ACTORS ...ie: janet jackson,kim k,just to name a few. He's got some talented actors but the writing is so bad,even their talent can't save his movies from themselves.he almost forces the actors to act poorly bc of his writing! Pls TP, learn your craft! And don't be so proud you can't hire some real WRITERS to assit you with your scripts! I want to love your movies

mcoordinator2001
mcoordinator2001

I totaly agree. Just saw it tonight & I was tempted 2 leave 20m into the film. I thought my opinion abt why I'm so annoyed by TPs movie was me being a wanna-be critic but honestly its just plain common sense. I love a good movie with a great plot, a background story, characters with some depth, unpredictable plot turns& I don't even mind a moral or social lesson that I can understand even if I don't agree with it.

 

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