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 Woman, Meet The Browns, Madea 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.