Tyler Perry's Temptation Movie Reviews
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I usually like TP's movies. Most of them are pretty good, with an occasional flop. This movie borders toward flop. The first 75% of this moving was beyond-boring. The lead actress, Jurnee Smollett-Bellquite, possibly was the most boring lead that I have ever seen in a movie. If she doesn't win the Raspberry Award as worst acting performance of the year, then they should retire the aware. She was HORRIBLE. Beyond boring. I kept thinking, "This girl must be related to Tyler Perry." Honest-to-goodness, Kim Kardashian showed infinitely more personality than did Smollet-Bellquite. How bad are your "skills" if Kardashian is needed to liven up a scene?
The movie did not show graphic sex scenes or lucid details. The last 25% of the movie finally showed some life, with a decent ending. However, I would not see it in the movies OR at home. It was bad.
For a Tyler Perry movie, this one's actually pretty good. It doesn't go the cheap comic route that all of his Madea movies do - and thankfully he is only behind the camera this time (sorry, TP: I still have no idea what you thought you were doing in Mr. Deeds). The leads are both really good and believable, though I did think that the movie hinted too much that such a scenario is only plausible when the people involved all look like models. That is probably not what they wanted to iterate, but they did anyway. I chalk it up to standard Hollywood practice. There is also a lot of support from Vanessa Williams who is always cast in these types of parts since "Ugly Betty" - the cold, snarky black diva - and Kim Kardashian actually shocked me with her decent acting. I didn't know anything about her before I saw this and I have to say that she is very pretty. All in all, a decent flick if you have nothing else to do and don't mind dropping the $$$.
So, yeah. Let me explain my very mixed feelings about this movie. First of all, I am embarrassed to admit that the only reason I went to see it on the big screen is because the lead guy looked SO hottie mchot stuff in the trailer. Good news: he did not disappoint. Bad news: he's the only thing that's believable about the premise of the story. Now, let me preface the rest of what I have to say by confessing that I am a marriage counselor. I understand that human beings are flawed and full of contradictions and that's part of what I liked about the movie - the lead character was more than willing to be human and not just an automaton dispensing marital advice. BUT....I still find it hard to believe (much less swallow) the whole idea that a professional marriage counselor would behave in the way that she does. Yes, there are those teachers who have affairs with students, and therapists and patients have been hooking up since time immemorial. But this movie kind of excuses it under the headline "well, we're flawed". We are - but so is this movie's premise.
If you had the foolish inkling that Tyler Perry’s Temptation would be anything other than a voyeuristic sojourn into the bed of a sexy woman and her male cohorts, well, you are emphatically, resoundingly wrong. Perry has, for the most part, made comedic films up to this point. As hard as is it is for me to say this, after seeing his first “provocative” drama, I hope he dons the Madea drag again and starts wailing “Hallelujer!”
The story revolved around a marriage counselor named Judith who looks like a supermodel. Why anyone with those cheekbones would deign to pursue a career in anything other than professional modeling would seem to be a mystery. She is used to counseling couples through the rough patches of their relationships. And then when she meets the right guy, she seems to forget her professional obligations and decides that they should hit the sheets, do the nasty, and then do the nasty a lot more times.
Perry purports in the prerelease press that the film is about “restlessness” and the ability to be “tempted”. Frankly, I thought it was about how often you have to change the sheets with so many different men’s wet spots on your sheets. It also probably doesn’t help that the supporting cast comprises one Ms. Kim Kardashian, cast as a lady friend named Ava, who offers more relationship advice than Dr. Phil.
Now if that ain’t acting, I don’t know what is.