Why Did I Get Married Too?

Marriage and relationships can often weigh it's toll on all of us

Have you ever been in love with someone so much that the person you love can sometimes drive you completely and utterly insane? Even to the point where you start to question yourself asking, "Why did I get married?" Well such is the case in Tyler Perry's new romantic comedy, "Why Did I Get Married Too?" However, one wouldn't know it was a romantic comedy from watching the movie or the trailers, but Tyler Perry certainly didn't mind promoting it that way through various sites like imdb and many others. Although to be fair, it did have comedic moments in it, but hardly enough to be deemed a comedy as Tyler Perry wants you to believe. It's more of a drama if anything else. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I just think that Mr. Perry needs to reevaluate the definition of a romantic comedy.

Before I get into this review, I must admit that I've never seen the first movie of this sequel, nor do I care enough to after seeing this film. From watching the many trailers for this movie, I have to say I was very stoked about seeing it. As the premise and the entire plot seemed not only interesting, but it sounded like it could be one of the best movies of the year when I saw the trailers. Sadly, this film doesn't live up to my expectations.

Sure, the beginning starts off strong as it shows four couples going away to their annual favorite resort, where they have a long tradition of staying there to rest and relax. Oh and they also have another custom where on the last night they stay at the resort, each couple stands up on a podium to discuss why did they get married to honor their marriages. Unfortunately, things don't go according to plan exactly, as each couple seems to display various problems ranging from infidelity to severe trust issues. One couple even goes through financial troubles, as her new husband is unable to find a job after moving to Atlanta. Indeed, this trip that originally starts off as a celebration of these couple's celebrating their marriages, turns out to be a ploy to mask how utterly miserable each couple truly is in their perspective relationships.

Like I said before, I wanted to like this movie as the trailers and plot synopsis sounded quite promising. However, that wasn't the case, as the ending of the movie itself offers very little to no closure for most of the characters. While offering closure for only one couple, Patricia (Janet Jackson) and Gavin (Malik Yoba), in this entire movie, but they're relationship wasn't even centralized in the story throughout most of the film. In fact, they never emphasized on the troubles of their relationship until halfway through the movie. However, I understand Tyler Perry's desire to create an alleged romantic comedy where the audience would be guessing which couple would have the most problems to work out. Sadly, the end result of his attempt ends in disaster.

Hence, the other hardships and closure issues never get worked out for the other couples. As it seems like they built up everyone else's relationship up to a point in the movie, where you'll be questioning how will they get their issues resolved. Making you wonder constantly about each couple's welfare but in the end, the other couples get a rushed ending that quite frankly doesn't bode well for me.

If that wasn't bad enough, the pacing issues for this movie is simply ridiculous as well. At the beginning, the film tends to drag it's feet. Dragging and retreading various issues over again repeatedly like a drum, as if Mr. Perry assumed the audience would quickly forget the woos of each couple so quickly. Then when it gets to halfway through the movie, everything just gets rushed. As if Mr. Perry wanted to make up for the pacing issues of the beginning, he decides to make the later half of the movie go by too quickly. Thus, causing a lame half a** rushed ending for all of the couples.

Although to be fair, I will admit this film does have it's moments.  Like the relationship struggles between the highly insecure and untrusting wife, Angela (Tasha Smith) and Marcus (Michael Jai White), was pretty funny to watch.  As Marcus would revel in his new found success as a highly publicized NFL commentator.  Unfortunately, this also prompts Marcus to flirt with many young girls too, that makes his wife Angela very angry and untrusting.  Normally, I would never laugh over something like this, but the way Tyler Perry portrays their relationship makes it too histarical to watch.  Heck, if it wasn't for them, this movie should've never been classified as a romantic comedy.  As Angela and Marcus, were the only couple bringing the comedy to this otherwise dramatic movie.

Overall, I would probably wait to see this film on video or wait until it comes out on basic cable, as this movie is so not worth seeing in a movie theater.  Sure, it has it's moments, and the beginning starts off rather well.  However, the ending and rushed story developments completely kill what could have been a great movie. 


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I too thought this was supposed to be a comedy and very funny but since it isn't i have no desire to watch it. There are enough messed up marriages around me in real life so i would rather not watch it on screen!

I didn't see the first one either, but I do think Tyler Perry can be pretty comedic so i thought why not? Guess I'll cross this off the list. Thanks for the heads up, Steven!


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Your welcome Ann, and thanks for stopping by. It's always a pleasure seeing you. Sorry to ruin the whole movie for you though.


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

steven, what a great review as usual

thank you

kimberly

xo


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks kimberly. I appreciate you stopping by, as it's a pleasure to see you here as well.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

This is a good review. I never saw the first film. I will keep an eye open for this. Cheers!


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks Cheeky Girl. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. :)


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Good review. I might not even bother to see it on video. I think that premise of the story is a little shop-worm by now.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks Paradise for stopping by, as it's always a pleasure seeing you here. Yeah, that might be best if you don't see it, as the film isn't worth watching. Trust me.


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Metalhobbit7 6 years ago

A great reead :). i dont get it why tyler perry is popular. he's not even remotely funny.


fabojc99 6 years ago

Why are you hating on this movie? You are no different than any other critic of Tyler Perry's movies. It is funny if you look at the humor of some characters. Then it is about real life...something we as humans can't handle and want to bury our heads in. Marriages are bad and good yet can be fixed that is the point. You fight, you laugh, and you cry. THen you get on your knees and pray to God to help guide it. Watch deeply and then you will understand the motive and the mission.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

@metal hobbit

well, i think he's funny whenever he wants to be. I just think he really needs to analyze the definition of what a romantic comedy or comedy in general is if he wants to promote a movie as one.

@fabojc99

Look, I understand what your saying. And like I told a friend of mine once, no relationship is ever going to perfect. To think that is being naive. However, when your in love with someone, you accept them for all their faults and good. For you see, that's what true love is as you both accept each other. Having said that though to clear the air, that really has nothing to do with why i gave tyler perry's movie a bad review, if you read what i said.

one of main reasons why i gave mr. perry's film a bad review is that he promoted this movie as a comedy through various sites like imdb and many others, then it turns out to be a drama. believe it or not, i don't expect audiences to like what i like, so I do look at the who the target audiences is, then ask myself if the said target audience would find it appealing. And believe it or not, from research from talking to other people about this film AND analyzing everything about the movie, I can safely say that the target audience who loves Tyler Perry's comedies won't like this movie. The reason why? Because it's false advertising as this film is really a drama, and has about as much comedy as a film like "Jerry Maguire." That had comedic elements in it too, but you didn't see that promoted as a comedy now did ya? No, it was promoted as a drama.

Second of all, the pacing on this movie was very uneven. At the first half of the film, it went by entirely too slow as it just showed the couples reiterating their problems over and over again as if tyler thought the audience were morons enough to forget. Then around the ending it gets entirely rushed to where you feel everything that happens is just a quick fix to a bunch of bad situations. Which quite frankly is very unrealistic. However, I do respect your point of view, but you shouldn't be hating on my opinions just because I didn't feel the exact same way you did on the movie.

Seriously, I don't always agree with what Roger Ebert or Peter Travers say about movies, but I never hold it against them. However, to each their own. Anyway, thanks for stopping by anyway, and sharing your thoughts with us.


Randomguy127 6 years ago

@stevennix2001 I'm a bit of a slackers but just saw the movie and first thing I wantend to do was check to see what others had to say. I'd first like to say i totally agree that the ending was rushed and pretty much had no closure for the other 3 couples and I didn't enjoy the time skip either but whatever. Now with that said i also read Fabo's comment and your response and I had to laugh cause his statement wasn't even toward you but rather toward Metal or that's the way i read it.

Now to address your review where as I agree with certain parts i feel like there is more comedy than your review would make readers believe and not to mention how can you honestly give a review when you haven't watched the first movie (like so many other reviewers btw) which imo is a better movie but this one is not that much worse than it. Talkin about the end again real quick i did think that the whole quick fix at the end was horrible plot wise though and I am hoping/dreading another addition to these movies especially if it's done like this one, but I really DID like this movie thought it was amazing even tho the end was rushed I enjoyed all the characters and had a great many laughs. After watching it I would have seen it in theaters if I would have not been so busy.

I won't hold your opinion against you but Tyler Perry has yet to disappoint me with a movie/show and i doubt he ever will (knock on wood). GL and Thank you for your time reading this and writing your review :D!


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Well Random Guy, you bring up a lot of valid points, and if you loved the movie and don't agree with my opinion about how it wasn't really a comedy, then that's your choice. However, when I saw the film, outside of Micael Jai White and Tasha Smith, the rest of it wasn't that funny at all to me. No, if anything, it seemed like these insipid couples argued about the same damn insecurities over and over again. With little to nothing being resolved at all. Heck, even the audience that I went to see this film with didn't laugh, nor did they even chuckle once. Believe me, this audience was PACKED too, and most of them african americans. Which was Tyler Perry's key demographic, but most of them didn't laugh either. Granted, this was only one theater, and that may not be the case for all theaters.

However, if you don't agree with me, then that's fine. After all, I've had some people e-mail me in the past about how they didn't agree with my bad review of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", and it never bothers me. Therefore, your free to disagree with me as much as you like. Heck, I don't always agree with Peter Travers or Roger Ebert, and they're both my favorite film critics to read and look up to when trying to emulate my own stle. Hence, to each their own. If you loved the movie, then that's fine. However, that doesn't change my opinion about the film, as I stand by exactly what I said. The film was falsely advertised as romantic comedy, and quite frankly boring if you want my honest opinion. However, as you said too, I won't hold your opinion against you either.

as far as watching the first film before watching this one goes, i can see what your saying exactly. However, my thoughts on that are this. ANY sequel should be strong enough to stand alone, and not need the other film if it's really that good. Take a look at the "Matrix Revolutions" if you watch that movie, the only way it'll make any kind of sense is if you watch the last two films. That's not a good way to make a sequel, as there's never any guarantee the audience that sees it is going to care enough to see the previous films. Where as a film like "The Dark Knight", I've met people who didn't even see the first film, "Batman Begins" before seeing the sequel, and they still loved it. Why? Because the film was strong enough to stand on it's own. Therefore, if a film was really any good to begin with, then it should be able to impress it's audience regardless if they seen the previous film or not. As any film fan will tell you, that the best sequels are always the ones that can stand on their own. Take a look at films like "Godfather 2" and "Empire Strikes Back" for a perfect example of this. If you read my review on "Iron Man 2", then you should know that I have HIGHER expectations for sequels regardless of genres. As the first film always has the daunting task of introducing and establishing the characters, then that leaves the sequel ample room to explore those same said characters thoroughly. Therefore, if i was to go with your argument, then your basically saying that the sequel sucked then because it's not strong enough to stand on it's own unless the person seeing the first film before seeing this one.

plus, if you ever read other articles online, there have been a LOT of film critics that have even admitted to not seeing the first movie either before reviewing this film. Therefore, I know I'm not alone on this.

However, to each their own, and I do appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us. And hopefully we'll see you come by again. :)

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