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Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009) By now the components of a Tyler Perry drama and its predominantly African-American characters are as ritualized as a church service: The good men and… 2009-09-11 PG-13 Comedy Taraji P. Henson Tyler Perry Mary J. Blige Adam Rodriguez Lions Gate Films
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Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself | BAD IS GOOD Marvin L. Winans and Gladys Knight in the latest from Tyler Perry
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BAD IS GOOD Marvin L. Winans and Gladys Knight in the latest from Tyler Perry
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 11, 2009; Rated: PG-13; Genre: Comedy; With: Taraji P. Henson and Tyler Perry; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

By now the components of a Tyler Perry drama and its predominantly African-American characters are as ritualized as a church service: The good men and the bad, the women who don't know which way is up and those who have seen the light, the testimonies of solace found in prayer and song, the demonstrations of family durability, the crazy-ass funny talk from Perry playing both the unsinkable matriarch Madea as well as her outspoken brother, Joe.

I Can Do Bad All By Myself, based on Perry's play of the same name, is all that, with a booster shot: It's probably the impresario's best-made movie yet, his most joyful, and his most moving. Certainly it's the first to unite Taraji P. Henson (in strong form as a self-destructive singer who won't do right by the kids her dead crackhead sister has left behind) with Gladys Knight and Mary J. Blige (each blowing the roof off the place, in song). After a summer of phony, pasty rom-coms, do this: See a movie where old-fashioned notions of love, faith, strength, and the possibility of redemption are taken seriously. A-

Originally posted Sep 11, 2009 Published in issue #1067 Sep 25, 2009 Order article reprints