Don’t Sleep! 9 Tyler Perry Movies That Aren’t That Bad

July 17, 2013  |  
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If you were to take a person of another race and make them black for a week, there a few things they would learn pretty quickly. 1. Racial profiling is real. 2. Maze ft. Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let You Go” is the unofficial black national anthem and lastly 3. The community, particularly the Bougie variety, do not rock with Tyler Perry. Obviously there are legions of Tyler Perry fans but there’s certainly an equally large group that can’t stand his work. There are people who act like they get paid to throw shade on Tyler and his work. Cough Spike Lee Cough. And while there are plenty of haters among the “reading black” community, I’m here to let you know that not all of Tyler’s work is as bad as people would have you believe. So if you’re one of those people who’s sworn off T.P., maybe you should check out the films below.

The Family That Preys (2008)

This is my second favorite Tyler Perry movie of all time. The story was complex but the plot didn’t seem to go on unrelated tangents. From the salacious affair between Sanaa Lathan and Cole Hauser to the friendship between Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates, the movie tells such an interesting tale of how good can come from some pretty shady situations.

Why Did I Get Married? (2007)

Why Did I Get Married? was awesome if you ask me. Though some complain about the annoying, loud nature of Tasha Smith’s character, Angela, we all know there are women who thrive on nagging their men. Before Jill Scott went on to act in HBO’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” Why Did I Get Married? was the first time we saw her tap into the range of emotions that are always present in her music. There were moments when we said “that would never happen,” (like who makes their wife drive up a mountain while they fly?!) but the story was so entertaining we let it slide.

Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)

You probably didn’t think Madea was going to show up on this list but here she is! Of all of Tyler Perry’s movies, Madea’s Family Reunion is my favorite. I know several will disagree because all of the things people hate about Tyler Perry films can be found in this film. There’s the super preachy message when Maya Angelou and Cicely Tyson tell their younger family members to wake up, know their history and do better. Madea is all the way live fighting school kids on the bus and beating the little girl (Keke Palmer), she so unselfishly takes in. And there’s even an abusive man in the mix. But what I love about this movie is that it shows the prevalence of sexual abuse among families and how it can impact future relationships. Then there’s this absolutely beautiful wedding at the end in which Johnny Gill sings this really beautiful song “You For Me.” 

Diary of a Man Black Woman (2005)

Man! This movie belongs on the list just because we spent the entire film waiting for Kimberly Elise to take revenge on Steve Harris. The way he drug her out of the house and threw her in the street was unbelievable. It was so uncalled for that we didn’t even mind when Madea ran through his house with a chainsaw. It was well deserved. This movie also had a message. It was a bit cliche but true in that Kimberly Elise learned to put her bitterness to the side to accept the love that came into her life. And in the process she even managed to forgive her ex husband.

For Colored Girls (2010)

I know I can hear the groans now. For Colored Girls was more depressing than a little bit. There was no relief from the sadness. While it was a bit too heavy for me, I do think Tyler was able to shine with the multiple story lines. One of my major complaints about his work has been that he tries to tell too many stories in one film. With this ensemble cast though, it was called for. Those who were fans of Ntozake Shange’s original work were disappointed but I thought the performances were flawless and you have to give Tyler credit for directing these women. 

Precious (2009)

I can hear the groans now. Technically, Tyler Perry didn’t write or direct this film. True, very true. But had Perry and Oprah not jumped on board, executive producing this film, many movie goers would have never seen it.

Good Deeds (2012)

Even though I found Good Deeds to be more predictable than I would have liked, I still finished the movie feeling… good. True, there was a super awkward sex scene between Gabrielle Union and Tyler Perry but all that aside there were some pretty sound performances from Thandie Newton, Brian White and Phylicia Rashad. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Good Deeds was the movie that introduced me to Kem’s song “Can You Feel It,” which I love.

Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)

Listen, if Bow Wow could learn how to keep his mouth shut and stop talking about all the women he’s smashed, he could be doing much more in the area of film. His role as Byron in Madea’s Big Happy Family wasn’t bad at all. The whole movie was decent, with a plot twist I certainly didn’t  anticipate. Then there was the infectious way Teyanna Taylor said Byraaaaaaannn. If you’ve seen the movie you know what I’m saying.

Daddy’s Little Girls (2007)

You know why we love this one. Two words: Idris Elba. The man was already a heart throb but seeing him in this paternal role was just an additional layer of foine. Gabrielle Union played a typical Gabrielle Union character in that she was a woman who needed to lighten up and open her eyes to see the good man standing right in front of her.

What are some of your favorite Tyler Perry movies?

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