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Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)

Rating: 4/10

So, Why Did I Get Married Too? isn’t exactly the train wreck I’d expected, though it definitely has its share of train wreck-ian qualities. It was a fun watch, due mainly to the packed theater I watched it in, and it had a lot of funny moments. The problem—or, should I say, the biggest problem—is that though it may be a flawed but OK film throughout, it may very well have the absolute worst ending I’ve ever seen in a mainstream movie. But more about that in a bit.

In this installment of Tyler Perry’s “Married” franchise, we meet up again with the couples from the first film—the seemingly blissful Terry and Diane (Perry and Sharon Leal), always bickering Marcus and Angela (Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith), financially-strapped newly marrieds Troy and Sheila (Lamman Rucker and Jill Scott), and successful couple Gavin and Patricia (Malik Yoba and Janet Jackson). This year, the couples have headed to the Bahamas for their annual trip and, of course, everyone’s arriving with issues. Toss Sheila’s ex-husband Mike (Richard T. Jones) in, and it’s all headed for a big mess.

So, one of the best things about this series of movies is the easy camaraderie of its cast, especially the men, who really seem to be just hanging out. And it’s a good cast—Perry is always likable, Jackson handles comedy and real emotion well, and Smith, a favorite of Perry’s, is a true comedic talent. There are some laughs—quite a few, really—and even some of the drama is handled effectively. The movie drags, though, especially once the group gets back to the real world, and for some reason, Perry starts throwing in lots of unnecessary plot twists with cancer and such, ratcheting up the clichés and melodrama that were tolerable for a while to a level that pushes it all into territory that’s too shrill and overdone. But it’s the ending, those last ten or so godawful minutes, that literally ruin the whole thing and left the audience I was with laughing in spots that were in no way intended for merriment. It’s like Perry had an OK story—at the very least, a decent crowd-pleaser, but at the last minute, he opened a window near his desk, the last 50 or so pages blew out the window, and knowing he was on a deadline, he jotted down an ending on one page while he happened to be watching The Scorpion King. If you see the movie, that reference will make sense—but really, save your money and just wait until it inevitably arrives on cable.

It's Got: Believable relationships between the friends, some genuinely funny parts, Tasha Smith

It Needs: Any other final 10 minutes, less psycho-babble, more of Perry’s character


Not bad for 75% of the time with some good leads and funny moments Tyler Perry’s latest is ultimately weighed down by melodrama, unneeded twists, and a HORRIBLE ending.