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Why Did I Get Married?
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Mar 11, 2008 By: Lindsey
Why Did I Get Married? order
Director:
Tyler Perry

Actors:
Tyler Perry
Janet Jackson
Jill Scott

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Eight married friends gather together for a week long reunion in the mountains, but when a sassy young woman arrives, jealousy and tempers flare as each couple much face their painful secrets.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Tyler Perry, the man behind 2005's DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN, brings us yet another clichéd story of love, loss, and finding your inner self. Unfortunately for us, we get to endure horrendous dialogue, and stereotypical characters. I'm not sure what's scarier: The fact that Janet Jackson looks and sounds just like her wacko brother, or that her last movie was THE NUTTY PROFESSOR 2 back in 2000? Despite the horrible performances, there were a few "feel good" scenes, but sadly that went to hell as the movie went on.

The biggest problem that I had with this film was the overly dramatic characters. We have the token black chick, the handsome doctor, a successful author, and Sheila; the fragile heavyset girl who gets picked on by her cheating husband. In one of the more 'serious' scenes I found to be amusing, she has to be escorted off the plane because she was too large to fit into the seat. *Cue the dramatic music*

When everybody finally meets up at the cabin, the girls quickly form a gossip group, while the men chop wood and pretend to be macho. Later on at dinner, shit begins to hit the fan as the dirty secrets start to spill out, and the tension grows thicker. In another attempt of being a 'serious movie', one of the guys attacks his wife after learning of her not so monogamous ways. Yet again we have more of the unrealistic scenes that should have been kept out all together. After all is said and done and everyone returns home to face reality, we get to suffer through the boring, emotional struggle that that each have to go through.

The message at the end seems to imply that the men were not at fault at all. It seems as though the woman were the ones that changed their ways to save their marriages. For example, we have the hard working wife who decides to spend more time with her husband, and Sheila who looses weight and gains the self confidence she's always wanted. For a film that tries to deal with real life situations, this one falls far from the ghetto tree.
THE EXTRAS
Janet Jackson: Return of an Icon (6:37): Behind the scene interviews with the cast discussing Jackson's return. In other words, an excuse to highlight all of her best scenes throughout the movie. (Which there were none, but oddly enough she seems to yell a lot.)

Reflections on Getting married (7:00): We get to listen to the cast talk about their own personal struggles with past relationships we don't care about. The advice and life lessons they share, sound more like an episode of Oprah Winfrey. I guess they figure since they're acting out the relationships, they've become an expert on the subject.

The Music of 'Married' (8:34): This is probably the most interesting extra on the whole disk. An entire orchestra and the composer takes us through the different sounds that were used with the more powerful scenes. The music was quite beautiful, and almost had a TITANIC feel to it.

We also get a nice collection of 'Tyler Perry Presents' previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
WHY DID I GET MARRIED? was originally a play that unfortunately got adapted onto the big screen. If you're a fan of Perry’s DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN or MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION, then this is the right film for you. I did enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Colorado Mountains, but sadly that couldn't save the movie from being entertaining.
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