As a writer myself, I have to admire Tyler Perry. It’s not easy for a writer to get one screenplay produced. Perry’s story is well known, struggling for years until he finally broke through. He now has a cottage industry, creating films for a mostly African American audience that is a giant melting pot of styles: melodrama, broad comedy, and Southern wisdom. There is a certain audience for Tyler Perry’s films. Unfortunately, I’m not in that audience, and Why Did I Get Married Too just wasn’t my kind of film.
The film, a sequel to Perry’s Why Did I Get Married, follows the same 4 couples from the first film on a trip to the Caribbean . There, this film treads the same ground as the previous movie. These couples have issues. OK, let me rephrase that. Perry gives them more issues than any sane human being can handle. And that’s where my biggest problem with this film comes from. I go to the movies to be entertained, not overwhelmed. Perry’s movies are all over the place tonally. First, it’s a comedy, with couples yelling and throwing insults at each other. It’s mildly entertaining in a car crash sort of way. Then, suddenly, the film takes a complete 180 in the melodrama direction. For me, this part was much more interesting, as I felt the themes Perry was trying to explore were much more serious anyway. But it’s hard to care after disliking the characters for three fourths of the film.
Like I said, it’s great that Perry knows his audience, because, obviously, there are people who enjoy his hodgepodge. There are people who want to watch couples argue, and then quickly resolve there issues. Personally, I like my stories to be rooted in reality. I guess that’s why I’ll never be a Tyler Perry fan.