I Can Do Bad All By Myself
In this filmed version of writer-director Tyler Perry's hit play, Perry reprises his role as family matriarch Madea, whose niece, Vianne (Kisha Grandy), is grappling with divorcing her cheating husband (Carl Pertile) -- unaware that her sister, Maylee (Donna Stewart), is the other woman. Meanwhile, to Madea's dismay, an ex-con handyman (Tigah Graham) begins courting Vianne. When Madea falls ill, the secrets surface and the family must unite.
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- Tyler Perry
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; director's commentary.
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Common Sense Note
Parent need to know that this dramedy based on a play by Tyler Perry is both gritty and righteous. Although, like Perry's other films, it ends on a decidedly optimistic (if unsurprising) note, the main character is an iffy role model throughout much of the movie -- she smokes, drinks, and shows no compassion toward her sister's young children, who all need her help. The movie also examines the tragic toll of child abuse and includes a scene of near-sexual assault on a teenage girl.
- Sexual Content
- A woman messes around with a married man, but the audience doesn't really see anything except them in bed under the covers. In another scene, a man and a woman share a gentle kiss.
- A married man makes inappropriate, aggressive advances toward a teenager -- to the point of almost raping her. Two men end up in a bloody fight. A woman nearly kills a man by electrocuting him. Two comic characters jokingly threaten to dispense corporal punishment to set kids straight.
- Mild swearing, including one use of "s--t" and several instances of words like "ass," "hell," "damn," and "shut up." Also "oh my God."
- Social Behavior
- Perry's messages of faith and hope shine through, which many viewers may find inspiring. But his chauvinism does, too: Main character April can't seem to be saved without a man, and though she's a strong character, a not-so-subtle undercurrent leaves the impression that a woman needs a "good man" to make her way through this world intact.
- While characters are seen dressed to the nines, there's little mention of brands -- though the Heineken label gets screen time.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A woman practically chain smokes her way through the movie; she also drinks so much that her friend calls her on it. A joint is mentioned but never seen on screen.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it