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Movie Review: Why Did I Get Married?

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The movie Why Did I Get Married? (2007) is based on a play written by Tyler Perry, who also directed it for the big screen.

Tyler Perry was born on September 13, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana, under the name Emmitt Perry Jr. after his father. Perry’s father was very abusive towards him. In an attempt to escape the abuse, Perry tried to commit suicide. Thankfully, he failed this attempt. He changed his name at the age of 16 to escape having to be branded with his father’s name. Perry earned his GED after dropping out of high school.

He accrued around 30 jobs before his dreams of being a playwright, a producer, a screenwriter, and an actor finally came true. Perry has directed several other movies, including Why Did I Get Married Too?Diary of a Mad Black WomanMeet The BrownsMadea Goes To Jail, and The Family That Preys

Why Did I Get Married? is about four couples dealing with marital conflict. Each relationship is suffering from some type of strain, and many couples can instantly relate to their problems.

Terry (Tyler Perry) is married to work-a-holic Diane (Sharon Leal) and is continuously yearning for more attention from her. She is a lawyer who frequently checks and talks on her Blackberry while her husband wishes that attention could be focused on him. This is a type of relationship that can be seen in today’s society. There are many career women these days who strive for success, and may place their husbands’ needs on the back burner. This was my favorite couple, because it is something that many career women have to deal with. It is interesting to see how they dealt it in the movie.

Patricia (Janet Jackson) and husband Gavin (Malik Yoba) seem very well put together. You wouldn’t suspect that there is anything wrong with this couple. Come to find out, they are dealing with the loss of their child. Patricia feels she is to blame for their son’s accidental death and can’t get over the guilt.

Angela (Tasha Smith) is a mouthy hairdresser who owns her own salon. She belittles her husband Marcus, (Michael Jai White) who is a former NFL star, for not having a job. This couple brought the most laughs for me. It is funny to see the embarrassment Marcus has to go through as his no shame wife flies off the handle.

Sheila (Jill Scott) is constantly ridiculed for being overweight by her rude and inconsiderate husband Mike (Richard T. Jones). This is another real life couple that can be seen these days. Sometimes women can be wonderful on the inside, but seen as hideous on the outside. It is great to see the life change that Sheila endures during this movie.

The four married couples are all best friends. They go on a trip together every year to discuss how their marriages are doing and to answer the question, “Why did I get married?”

The couples’ vacation retreat is in the snowy mountains of Colorado. Each couple is surprised upon the arrival of Sheila’s single, beautiful friend Trina (Denise Boutte). They are even more surprised to find out that Mike and Trina flew together while Sheila was forced to drive alone. Mike made her drive alone because the airline informed her that she was too big for her seat. The airline said she should have bought two plane tickets if she wanted to fly.

The movie also has a comical side to it, which I absolutely loved. There are so many funny parts that keep me laughing every time. I did find it to be unrealistic for the beautiful friend Trina to arrive on a vacation that was meant for married couples. I could pretty much tell what was going to happen in regards to this little trio of Mike, Shelia, and Trina. And I’m sure the airline could have made some type of accommodation for Sheila. But, it is definitely a movie that I could watch over and over again. And I have.  than that, I greatly enjoyed this movie.

Due to the rise in divorce rates in this country, this movie can help couples to take a deeper look into their relationships and have some laughs at the same time. Similar movies include Our Family Wedding and The Best Man.

I would suggest this movie to anyone who may want to improve their relationship. If married couples are experiencing trouble this movie can help them think back to the reasons of why they got married in the first place. Along with being humorous, this movie has a serious side that may even bring a heartfelt tear to your eye.

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