Why I Can’t Wait To See Tyler Perry’s “Temptation”

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March 26, 2013 ‐ By

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More times than I can remember, I’m sitting with a group of black people I’m just meeting or don’t know too well and the conversation drifts to Tyler Perry. The myth, the man the legend. And what self respecting black person can talk about Tyler Perry without bashing his movies? When this happens, as it often does, I sit there waiting for my turn. Then I hit ‘em with the zinger.

“I actually like a lot of Tyler Perry’s movies.”

Pow

The atmospheric pressure changes as folks start judging me. I can almost read their minds.

Is she educated?
Is she from the south?
She must be a staunch Christian.
Is she related to Tyler Perry?

While I will say that Tyler Perry could stand to grow artistically, I’ve been entertained by a majority of his films– with the exception of Meet The Browns and Why Did I Get Married Too? And I say I’ve been entertained because I don’t need every movie I see to cause me to think deeper about the world, to expose me to some universal truth, make me cry or change my way of life. Sometimes, I just want to chill out and have a laugh or two. And Tyler Perry, Madea, and the overly dramatic story lines do that for me. I don’t need Tyler Perry to make Spike Lee-esque films. Spike Lee does that. If people would stop expecting Tyler to be Spike, the world would be a much happier place.

In fact, let’s just rest there for a minute. One of the main gripes people have about Tyler Perry is the fact that his characters and story lines rely so heavily on stereotypes. I won’t argue that they don’t; but so do most forms of the entertainment we unashamedly claim to love. Reality shows, hip hop, sitcoms etc all rely on stereotypes.  And some of ya’ll tune in every week…religiously. What we need to realize is that though stereotypes can be harmful, when consumed by the wrong people, most of black folk who see Tyler Perry’s movies know enough about other black folk to realize we’re not all the same. Every black person is not a Christian, every black woman is not in need of a man to save her from her sense of entitlement. And every black grandma, doesn’t swear and carry a gun. But let’s not pretend that these women and characters don’t exist. In fact, most of us know somebody who’s a little something like Madea. Whether you want her broadcast on an international stage is more of a personal issue than it is about Tyler’s artistic abilities. As a free man, he chooses the stories he wants to tell. And since people continue to see and support his work, including the highly revered like Oprah, Maya Angelou, Cicely Tyson and apparently Ntozake Shange, I doubt he’ll be disappearing anytime soon.

Now, that I’ve professed my love for Tyler and his work, let me tell you why I’m seeing Temptation this opening weekend.

1. Jurnee Smollet is a very talented actress. If Tyler was going to cast a woman who can seamlessly tackle a range of very difficult emotions, I think she’s the one to do it.

2. Tyler employs black actors. It’s been said before but it bears repeating. Though Jurnee has been working since she was a little girl on “Full House,” as an adult actress the roles have been a little sparse. Why? I don’t know. (Though, I have a couple of guesses.) What I do know, is that Tyler Perry employs black actors who we might not see otherwise.

3. The trailer just looks juicy as hell. Nothing like watching someone else’s personal life crumble, to reassure yourself that you’re not doing too bad after all.

4. I can ignore Kimmy K. Do I really want to see Kim Kardashian in a movie? Not really, but just like I do on the internet, I can look past her, if necessary, when she’s on screen.

5. Two words: Lance Gross. More words: From the trailer, it looks like we’ll be seeing a woman willingly betray Lance for a man not nearly as attractive. I must know why.

6. It looks like it’ll be entertaining. Plain and simple.

What do you think about Tyler Perry’s movies? Do you plan on seeing Temptation?

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  • Get IT

    I hate how many white critics hate on tyler perry and his work, his movies resonate so much with the black community and what goes on there that its something really only black understand and relate to.

  • scandalous7

    #5 period.

  • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

    I’m going to go see it. I want more black movies about real life scenarios. Everything doesn’t have to be about overcoming and the black struggle or heavy, heavy material like rape and crackhead moms. I’m looking forward to a well acted black drama with top-notch production, storyline, and of course acting. More of this less of Witness Protection. Or whatever the name of that travesty was.

  • On_Point

    i can careless for the story lines, but hey at least he is employing many black artists that work in front and behind the scene…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ERJitterbugg Johnnie Q. X. Sturner

    #5 had me rollin’ lol

    But yeah I’m already planning to head out to the theater the day it comes out. The trailer itself drew me in. Can’t wait to see it in its entirety.

  • Tricia

    Good Gawd! Why is it as soon as you share an opinion about a successful black person that’s regarded as negative, you’re hating or throwing shade. Just because I’m black doesn’t mean I need to support and agree with everything another black person does. I don’t run out to see every Eddie Murphy, Wayans Bros. movie either because I think a lot of them are garbage and not well made. After I wasted my time and money seeing Why Did I Get Married Too, I vowed never to see another Tyler Perry movie because I realized that the man doesn’t seem to have any interest in improving his skills as a film maker (for the benefit of the same black folks he expects to support his movies by the way). He has stayed in the same lane from the jump with one-dimensional, stereotypical, predictable characters. And just because it’s comedy, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done well either. To each his own, but I get upset when people just go to well you’re a hater or whatever.

  • Tricia

    Good Gawd! Why is it as soon as you share an opinion about a successful black person that’s regarded as negative, you’re hating or throwing shade. Just because I’m black doesn’t mean I need to support and agree with everything another black person does. I don’t run out to see every Eddie Murphy, Wayans Bros. movie either because I think a lot of them are garbage and not well made. After I wasted my time and money seeing Why Did I Get Married Too, I vowed never to see another Tyler Perry movie because I realized that the man doesn’t seem to have any interest in improving his skills as a film maker (for the benefit of the same black folks he expects to support his movies by the way). He has stayed in the same lane from the jump with one-dimensional, stereotypical, predictable characters. And just because it’s comedy, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done well either. To each his own, but I get upset when people just go to well you’re a hater or whatever.

  • Tricia

    Good Gawd! Why is it as soon as you share an opinion about a successful black person that’s regarded as negative, you’re hating or throwing shade. Just because I’m black doesn’t mean I need to support and agree with everything another black person does. I don’t run out to see every Eddie Murphy, Wayans Bros. movie either because I think a lot of them are garbage and not well made. After I wasted my time and money seeing Why Did I Get Married Too, I vowed never to see another Tyler Perry movie because I realized that the man doesn’t seem to have any interest in improving his skills as a film maker (for the benefit of the same black folks he expects to support his movies by the way). He has stayed in the same lane from the jump with one-dimensional, stereotypical, predictable characters. And just because it’s comedy, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done well either. To each his own, but I get upset when people just go to well you’re a hater or whatever.

    • http://twitter.com/docbndgrl9113 Keesha (Киша)

      It isn’t that people aren’t allowed to have an opinion, it’s that a majority of the people who dog his films have only seen one or two of his movies. You can’t judge his whole catalog based off of that (that is the definition of a hater, at least to me it is). I wasn’t all that fond of Why Did I Get Married Too (well I didn’t like the ending of it), but I have seen all of his movies and I’m not seeing how all of his characters are stereotypical or are predictable. Also, most of his movies aren’t even comedy movies. They’re drama. People look at his movies with Madea in them and think that she’s the main character in all of his movies, which is not true either. Even when the name of the movie is ‘Madea’s Family Reunion’, Madea is always a secondary character.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003727282938 Wee Bey Brice

        Drama?? Melodramatic is more like it

        • chanela

          it would be great if he ventured off into other genres. why does every single movie with black people in it HAVE to be overly dramatic? it’s like with precious (overweight,teen mom to two kids, molested by her dad, mom knew and didn’t care, has HIV,failing in school, steals chicken) WTF? why can’t there be more than drama and comedy with black folks? where is our avatar or star trek? how come we don’t have zombie,vampire, or ghost movies? that would be way more interesting than constant cheating and family secrets mess. it’s boring!

          • http://twitter.com/docbndgrl9113 Keesha (Киша)

            There have been many horror movies with all black casts, such as Leprechaun in the Hood and Somebody Help Me.

  • Mrs. Urban

    I happen to like Tyler Perry movies. If you don’t like how he portrays black people in his movies then how about you get the education to become a filmmaker and then you can make your movie
    however you like. In that order….BAM!

    • Keisha Samoht

      or you can do like he did and just start off by simply writing small things that eventually build into huge productions…

  • Mrs. Urban

    I happen to like Tyler Perry movies. If you don’t like how he portrays black people in his movies then how about you get the education to become a filmmaker and then you can make your movie
    however you like. In that order….BAM!

  • Trisha_B

    Im excited to see this movie b/c it looks juicy & Tyler Perry is not in it. Im not a fan of his acting. When he’s playing a man, all I hear is Medea talking lol. & I really can’t stand the loud mouth grandmother. But ignoring that, I always enjoy the non-medea TP movies. I did like the show house of paynes.

    • Keisha Samoht

      Yeah i had finally sat down and watch Good Deeds… O__0 (my face) during the ‘love’ scene with Gabrielle Union…

      • Hazel

        O__0…My face also during the love scene. I wanted to see his face. lol

    • http://twitter.com/docbndgrl9113 Keesha (Киша)

      Sometimes I think that he’s going to start talking like Madea too, but I went to see Alex Cross and his acting really isn’t that bad. I think that he’s better behind the scenes though.

  • Trisha_B

    Im excited to see this movie b/c it looks juicy & Tyler Perry is not in it. Im not a fan of his acting. When he’s playing a man, all I hear is Medea talking lol. & I really can’t stand the loud mouth grandmother. But ignoring that, I always enjoy the non-medea TP movies. I did like the show house of paynes.

  • Trisha_B

    Im excited to see this movie b/c it looks juicy & Tyler Perry is not in it. Im not a fan of his acting. When he’s playing a man, all I hear is Medea talking lol. & I really can’t stand the loud mouth grandmother. But ignoring that, I always enjoy the non-medea TP movies. I did like the show house of paynes.

  • Me, Myself & I

    You’re damned if you do & you’re damned if you don’t….I love Tyler Perry & wish him nothing but much success!

  • http://twitter.com/MizzJazzyPeach J Mc

    You forgot to mention that not only does Tyler Perry employ black actors but he employs black people behind the scenes too. But anywhoo, when I saw the trailer for this movie I was all in!!!!!

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  • Opal Pea

    I find his movies poorly acted and directed. Someone mentioned that he wastes his power and this is where I see it. He has the money for cleaner production and better writing, but instead he seems to coast on his popularity and put out c-level films. Now I really enjoyed the family that preys. Very well done. Dramatic story, no silliness and had some great acting. His acheivement with that movie makes me shake my head at his other dramatic efforts like like Why Did I get Married Too? So messy and unnecessary. I don’t get his hype and generally don’t find him entertaining. Different strokes, I guess.

  • tempted

    Great article! I’ll be there to see it on Friday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/plogan721 Patricia Logan

    one word, Yes.

  • Keisha Samoht

    Yes i will and i agree with you on all the reasons!!!! First time i have wanted to see a Tyler Perry movie from jump. Me and my cousin already got it planned out to see it. Ohh that movie look juicy, hope its not disappointing like Sparkle was. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

    Judging by the trailers… how is this movie going to be any different than “The Family That Preys”…..?

    • chanela

      lance gross isn’t white.lol

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

        so they change the race of the guy… Way to think outside the box….. *sarcasm*

    • http://twitter.com/JoyNsideMyTears Chill Cosby

      Sooo…the fact that she is unfaithful makes this movie just like “The Family That Preys”? Uh, ma’am no.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

        I said judging by the trailers. I obviously haven’t seen the movie. I’m fully prepared to be wrong

      • http://twitter.com/docbndgrl9113 Keesha (Киша)

        That’s people’s problem. Instead of actually going to see the movie, they pre-judge it. Just go watch it, then talk about it. I do even get how it’s going to be the same as “The Family That Preys”.

  • sabrina

    Yessss, I’m excited to see this too! It just looks entertaining and I love seeing my favorite black actors and actresses on the big screen. I’ll see you all in the theater! lol

  • FromUR2UB

    I look forward to the movie. But, I think it’s so sad that every black person who becomes highly successful, becomes the target of black resentment. These are people who have found a way to make their dreams come true, and that should be an inspiration to people. Instead, they’re criticized for EVERYthing they do. It’s OK to not love every project, yet without having seen most of them, people lump all of his movies together and can’t be pleased by any of them. What is all that really about?

    • chanela

      people are upset because this man is a black filmmaker with so much power and has the platform to do so many positive things that white people would refuse to do, yet he uses that platform to continue to reinforce negative stereotypes about black people and make rushed bootleg quality movies (sometimes). nobody is “hating” on tyler perry just because hes successful. people are just disappointed in him wasting his power and influence. the only great thing is that he has consistently kept black actors employed in his movies and tv shows.

      • FromUR2UB

        You just said, “…he has consistently kept black actors employed in his movies and tv shows.” So, how is he wasting his power and influence? Hasn’t that been the thing that white people, especially in Hollywood, have refused to do?? Isn’t that the point of power and influence…to be able to benefit one’s own? And, I was careful not to say “hating”, but rather, resentment. Just as elder siblings don’t hate the youngest siblings of the family, who’ve gotten more attention, they often resent it. Just as students in a classroom don’t hate the kid who answers most of the questions, they resent it. Just as women don’t hate other women whom they think get more attention from men, they resent it. Just as workers don’t hate the new employee who comes in working a little harder than the rest of them…they resent it.

        • chanela

          i just said that was a good thing that tyler perry was employing black actors! other than that hes wasting his power and influence by putting negative stereotypes out like clockwork to the point where the bafoonery is no different than when white people use black actors when they need a “shaniquanaynay” character. i’m saying that he could be making movies and tv shows that aren’t akin to “lottery ticket”!

          • It Is What It Is

            Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I never felt Tyler just relies on stereotypes in his movies. Does he have crazy characters some times to add releif Yes, but never have I seen black people tap dancing in his movies with a 40 in one hand and fried chicken in the other. His character always over come obstacles and find love at the end. I leave the theater feeling hopeful and inspired. Tyler Perry did what people should do when they’re displeased with how society portrays them. He took his Own Money, Build his Own Studio, and produced his Own Films while others sat around and just complained. It’s much easier to talk the talk than to walk the walk. Because he has forever earned my respect, and so far I enjoyed all his movies.

            • http://twitter.com/docbndgrl9113 Keesha (Киша)

              I absolutely agree with you! I’ve never thought that he relied heavily on stereotypes either.

        • http://www.facebook.com/alicia.jacobs1 Alicia TooCute Jacobs

          I think people resent Tyler for the same reasons they resent President Obama. I firmly believe that some of us African-Americans feel as if when one of us is doing good and/or better, that they should bring all of us with them. Tyler Perry cannot help everyone, nor can Pres. Obama. Just like they had the will and drive to achieve success so should we. I’m not saying they did it without a helping hand, but they didn’t weren’t carried. We cannot expect to reap the rewards if we are not willing to put in the work.

      • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

        Black people won’t support anything else. Its been proven time and time again. Did you actually go to a movie theater and watch Red Tails? How many of your friends and family can you count who did?

        • http://twitter.com/docbndgrl9113 Keesha (Киша)

          I saw it on DVD, but I rarely go to the movie theater anyway.

        • FromUR2UB

          Actually, I did go to the theatre and watch Red Tails. That’s one movie, though, and that movie’s director is a white guy, so not sure of the point you’re making. Did you go to the theatre to support ‘Alex Cross’, ‘The Family that Preys’, ‘Precious’, or ‘For Colored Girls’? I think I already know the answer. But, enlighten me: which scenes and characters reinforced negative stereotypes and BUFfoonery?

  • Tonyoardee

    A woman will cheat on any guy she deems lame

    • Chey

      And that makes her just as lame and a hoe!

  • http://twitter.com/Oui_No CoCo Chanel

    I too would like to see why any women would cheat on Lance Gross…

    • Na Na

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    • Na Na

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    • Na Na

      Yessss. I am so in love with Cousin Calvin lol It’s good to see him on the come up, he’s a great actor.