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Good Deeds- A Movie Review

Updated on February 24, 2012

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

The movie, Good Deeds, is definitely a move into uncharted waters by director, Tyler Perry. Though Perry has acted in his own movies before, audiences know him best as his female alter ego-- the loud, out-spoken, no nonsense Madea. When not playing Madea, Perry typically takes small, unassuming parts, a lawyer, someone’s brother, etc…. Not this time. Perry plays the romantic lead in this story about the need to live your dreams. Good Deeds is a sweet movie that has scenes that make you laugh one moment, then cry the next.

The Story

Wesley Deeds has been running his father’s computer software company for the past twenty years. However, before stepping into the life his parents planned for him, Wesley’s dream had been to ride Harley Davidson's and dig wells in third world countries. His brother, Walter (played by Brian White), had wanted to run the company, but his parents (Phylicia Rashad as mom) always saw him as falling short of his older brother’s greatness, filling Walter with anger and resentment, which he took out on everyone. Wesley’s stepping into his parents’ dream for him set a pattern in all other aspects of his life. He was engaged to a woman (Gabrielle Union) of whom they approved and planned to marry according to their timeline. His life is so predictable his fiancée can predict their morning conversations. Enter, Linsey (Thandi Newton) and her daughter, Arielle. What begins as a boss concerned for one of his down and out employees turns into a life transformed.

Perry's Acting

Though Perry takes the romantic lead for the first time, he seems well suited for the boring, uptight CEO that he plays. Even in the two scenes where he has to show intimacy with his two leading ladies, he seems comfortable in the role. My favorite scene comes after he has instituted casual Friday at work; his fiancée walks in on him dressed in a t-shirt and jeans dancing to hip-hop. By the way, Perry, who is in his 40’s, can jam! He appeared more at ease in that scene than any other. Oh, yeah… and about Casual Friday: evidently no one else in the office had gotten the memo because everyone else was dressed as usual.


I really enjoyed Good Deeds and highly recommend your seeing it. It was well cast: All the women are beautiful and talented. Brian White’s portrayal of the jealous younger brother was grating on the nerves, but viewers could easily understand his angst. At the end, when Eddie Cibrian’s character is named head of the company instead of Walter, we see what looks like humility beginning to set in. Viewers leave the theater hopeful


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      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      I love a feel good film and I might just have to watch good deeds on your recomendation. :)

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      It sounds like a great movie. I'll be sure to watch it. Thanks for the review.

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      Stan Alston 6 years ago

      Our couples ministry plans to go see this movie next weekend, your review gives me a new burst of interest. Good job!

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      Donna Campbell Smith 6 years ago from Central North Carolina

      That trailer sure doesn't tell much;o) So thumbs up on your review! Great job as always.

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      JDove-Miller 6 years ago from YOUNGSVILLE

      Thanks for the url Lady E. I'll definitely check it out.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for the review. I like the ending too and would love to watch it. There is a website I saw recently and I thought to myself, you would love it.

      It is (you can read/write reviews and more...)

      Lovely website.

      Regards, Elena.

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      It is a movie that I am looking forward to seeing, if for no other reason than to see Tyler play someone other than Madea (and I do like Madea). Thanks for the review. Enjoyed it very much. I probably will not put off seeing see the movie. Voted up.