Saturday, March 15, 2014

Single Moms Club movie review

Movie Title:   Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club

Grade:   C

In a Nutshell:   It’s a fact: women need each other, whether single or married.  We just do.  The women in the audience I joined laughed and loved this chick flick.  Were they single moms?  I don’t know, but they seemed happy to escape their own lives and celebrate the common and crazy threads that tie women together. 

Unfortunately, the acting was not very good and the plot was terribly predictable, but there were some powerful truths and gentle words of encouragement along the way for women who struggle with life in its many forms.

Uplifting theme: 
  • No matter our different backgrounds, we all battle with problems and need one another to survive and thrive.
  • There is nothing stronger than a mother’s love for her children.

Things I liked:
  • Terry Crews is over-the-top funny in every movie.  The sign on his truck cracked me up: “Body & Booty by Branson.”
  • I always enjoy outtakes at the end of a movie, especially comedies.

Things I didn’t like:
  • It’s both narcissistic and brilliant brand marketing that Tyler Perry puts his name in all of his movies.
  • In most of the scenes, all of the moms wore super high heels.  As if.
  • Zulay Henao is sexy and sultry, belonging more in a porn movie than one about moms.  Did Tyler Perry create this movie for moms or the men who would be dragged along to the theater with them?
  • Struggling single moms don’t usually have such nice houses.  I’m just sayin…
  • All of the single moms end up with a man.  Is that the message Tyler Perry really wants to tell women at the end of the day?
  •  It felt a bit more like a sitcom than an actual feature film, and I won’t be surprised if we end up seeing a variation of this on the small screen next season.  

Funny lines:
  • Looking at her son’s homework, she asks “Did you do your homework?  Is that right?”  - Lytia  (Cocoa Brown)
  • There were actually quite a few funny lines, but many of them were too inappropriate to list here.

Inspiring lines:
  • Hillary asks Lytia “How do you do it?  How do you be a single mom?”  Lytia answers “You can’t think about it or it’s overwhelming.  You take one snotty nose and one dirty diaper at a time.”
  • “My grandmother used to say a woman’s purse is a reflection of her life.” – May.  It’s kind of true, but certainly doesn’t paint the whole picture.  It’s a glimpse of a woman’s priorities on-the-go.
  • “Divorced 4 years.  We’re good people, just not good together.” – T.K.
Best line in the entire movie:
  • “You don’t have to be good at starting over.  You just have to be good at letting go.” - Peter

Tips for parents:   Discussion about a daughter’s period, inappropriate sexual innuendos.
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