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Tyler Perry's The Single Moms' Club

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Tyler Perry
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2014-03-14 Nationwide
  • Running Time: 111 min.
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Cast: Nia Long, Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown
  • Writer: Tyler Perry
  • Distributor: Lionsgate Films
  • Official Site: Tyler Perry's The Single Moms' Club Official Site

Tyler Perry probably wishes he'd been raised by a single mom. As he has said in interviews, his father, Emmitt, was abusive and once beat him so hard with a vacuum hose that his skin felt flayed. In response, the writer-director reveres mothers, synthesizing his mom and aunt into the all-powerful Madea, and here in The Single Moms Club elevating them to the wisecracking goddesses of the hearth. The club consists of Waffle House waitress Lytia (Cocoa Brown), cowed divorcee Esperanza (Zulay Henao), wannabe writer May (Nia Long), fierce publishing executive Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), and former trophy wife Hillary (Amy Smart), whose lawyer ex has just quit funding her maid, Christina (Angela Matemotja), i.e., the substitute mom her daughter loves best. All they share in common is bratty kids enrolled in a posh private school. Each of their preteens has been caught smoking or spray painting and will be expelled unless their folks drop everything to throw the school's fundraiser, the Belfast Dance. (Suggested tagline: It's gonna be explosive!) Perry worships strong women who speak their mind, so Single Moms Club is a love letter to comedian Cocoa Brown. As the outspoken projects mom who's trying to keep her youngest from following the oldest to jail, Brown is loud and uncompromising -- poor McLendon-Covey has to refer to her as a "big black wall" -- and the best of Perry's hard-to-love heroines. Perry plays to an audience he believes wants to see its lives reflected onscreen, only with better hair and dressier sweatpants. We want his Moms to have it all, even as there's something off in an ode to single motherdom that presents each one a with Prince Charming.

Amy Nicholson

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