Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? - Review


Extending the self-help-by-example strategy of the original, "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" reassembles the four couples featured in the multi-talent's 2008 couples-retreat dramedy and furnishes them with a fresh set of problems to work through. If some couples go to the movies to escape the arguments and stress of everyday life, Perry's aud attends hoping to catch a glimpse of themselves amid all that catfighting and catharsis. "Married" offers a positive, if melodramatically heightened, portrait of upper-middle-class African-American life, one broadly appealing enough to satisfy even the Nancy Meyers set, if only they'd give it a chance.


Since the original centered around liberating Sheila (Jill Scott) from her abusive marriage, it figures that this follow-up would include not only her sensitive new beau, Troy (Lamman Rucker), but also a surprise appearance from her trouble-making ex-husband (Richard T. Jones), just in time to spark the fireworks show that follows. But no marriage is perfect, and a week of couples therapy in the Caribbean reveals the cracks in everyone's relationships soon enough.


Terry (Perry) and Dianne (Sharon Leal) are still the mellowest of the bunch, but there's something more than work on her mind these days. And rather than dispense advice, psychologist Patricia (Janet Jackson) might do well to examine her own rocky relationship with Gavin (Malik Yoba) more closely. The scene-stealers remain harpy Angela (Tasha Smith) and henpecked Marcus (Michael Jai White), whose constant squabbling has reached a histrionic high.


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