Why Did I Get Married Too: Marriage is an Institution They’re Committed To (2010)

Posted: February 20, 2012 in Comedy, Romance

As a tradition, a group of friends meet once a year for a couples retreat in the Bahamas. Terry and Dianne have the strongest relationship of the group, but Troy and Sheila’s young relationship seems to have a similar sense of romance. Patricia and Gavin are the established, long-term couple and both seem to be very confident in who they are. Angela and Marcus, on the other hand, seem to be in a constant state of bickering and arguing, in a relationship that appears to lack trust. When the couples first settle in, there are a few bumps but they all feel good about getting back together. Sheila’s ex-husband, Mike, mysteriously shows up and begins to stir up the drama. Though the trip to the beach is meant to help revitalize the love between the couples, their drama begins to get in the way and spills over into their return back to reality.

Starring: Tyler Perry (Terry), Janet Jackson (Patricia), Jill Scott (Sheila), Sharon Leal (Dianne), Malik Yoba (Gavin), Richard T. Jones (Mike), Tasha Smith (Angela), Lamman Rucker (Troy), Michael Jai White (Marcus), Louis Gossett Jr. (Porter), Cicely Tyson (Ola), Valarie Pettiford (Harriet)

Tyler Perry has a particular way he tells a story and has put together an interesting cast to help represent each of the couple’s individual drama.Perry is matched up with Sharon Leal and highlight the seemingly healthy couple. Perry has a slight sense of jealousy but overall maintains a sense of trust in his relationship. Leal portrays a confidence and her positive attitude helps to create a feeling of deceit, even though the viewer would want her to be faithful. Janet Jackson and Malik Yoba represent that longterm element that succumbs to fatigue. Jackson shows a confidence and wisdom at the beginning that ends up being a front for her fears and vengeful nature later on. Yoba simply appears detached, even in his scenes when he appears to be fighting for himself, which creates confusion with his character’s intentions. Jill Scott and Lamman Rucker are the newest couple. With Richard T. Jones adding the conflict, they all represent individuals that hide their true selves for the sake of image. Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White are the clearest example of infidelity and trust issues but their bickering is very iconic of a lot of younger couples, representing the rushing into marriage without trust.

Perry’s film is meant to serve as an example of what to do and not to do in a relationship. The majority of the problems are actually communication-related, particularly when you think about Patricia and Gavin. Their relationship was a longterm one that falsely represented their success to the world through Patricia’s success as an author. Their disconnect represents what happens after years of a lack of intimacy and open dialogue. Beside the communication problem, trust is a common theme. Angela and Marcus do not have a one-way trust issue, but Angela struggles with Marcus’s fidelity while Marcus struggles with her inability to trust him. Besides the messages, the interesting way of storytelling is really the focus of the film. The start of the movie is much more about the introduction and the development of the problems of the couples. Overall, the film has a better start than a finish. After the couples leave to return back to their regular lives, the timeline feels disjointed and the scenes feel overly forced, basically attempting to force viewers into feeling for certain characters. The best part of the film is the storytelling by the elderly couple on the beach (Cicely Tyson and Louis Gossett Jr.), which gives the most interesting story of love and waiting.

    

Overall the film falls far short of what Perry may have intended. With awkward transitions, rushed scenes and forced emotions, the exaggerated storyline failed to create a complete film.

Dan’s Rating: 2.0/5

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