Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

2013 PG-13 1h 52m Blu-ray / DVD

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Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

2013 PG-13 1h 52m Blu-ray / DVD
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Trouble arises when a marriage counselor's public and private lives clash when she gets involved with one of her clients, despite being married herself. The initial thrill of the affair soon gives way to deep regret.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Temptation is another Tyler Perry drama that deals with issues of marriage, fidelity, and faith. Like most of Perry's movies, there's an emphasis on mature (and sometimes disturbing) issues like adultery, domestic abuse, and even HIV. There are a couple of sex scenes (as well as a party where both same- and opposite-sex couples kiss) and plenty of sexual references. Language includes a few uses of "s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch," and there's some upsetting violence: A man beats his girlfriend nearly unconscious, a woman describes how her ex tried to kill her, and a man pounds on another man after learning of his despicable actions. Substance abuse (alcohol and cocaine) is also depicted.

Sexual Content

No nudity, but many references to sex and adultery, as well as a couple of sex (or just before/after sex ) scenes. A man claims that a married woman can't be sexually satisfied with her husband if she's never had sex with anyone else; he makes many overt advances and propositions. A wife tries to have "animalistic" sex with her husband, who initially rebuffs her. Two sex scenes are shown without much skin, but there's definitely kissing. At a party, several couples (both same- and opposite-sex) are shown making out, and a woman sits provocatively on another woman's lap.


For most of the movie, there isn't any violence. But there are a couple of upsetting scenes: A man beats a woman and leaves her battered and bruised in a bathtub. And a man beats another man (who is himself a domestic abuser). In other scenes, a man nearly comes to blow with a bicyclist who accidentally hits a woman he's interested in while they're running, and a man angrily tries to remove his wife from a party and then slams his door so furiously that the side mirror breaks. A woman also slaps and pushes a man away before they start kissing passionately.


A couple of uses of "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "ass," "hell," "damn," and "oh my God." Milder words like "hell," "jerk," "jackass," etc. are used sporadically but not frequently.

Social Behavior

Tyler Perry's movies always aim to offer life-affirming messages about faith, family, friendship, and, in this case, marriage. That said, the main character in Temptation demonstrates how easy it is for even the most faithful to succumb to temptation. And there are several mixed messages about gender roles within a relationship and whether a relationship can survive infidelity. A man challenges the notion that a couple who has never had sex with anyone else can truly have a "sexually compatible" relationship.


Some brands are visible (mostly Apple, Jimmy Choo, and Ferrari), but products aren't usually the focus of a scene, except when a woman shops at a high-end boutique and a man compliments another man on his sports car.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

In one scene, two adults drink heavily, snort cocaine (it's obscured but clear that's what they're doing), and act generally out of it. Otherwise, mostly just a glass of wine here, another of champagne there, at parties or dinner.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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