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Why Did I Get Married? (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 October 2007 (USA)
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The big screen adaptation of Perry's stage play about the trials of marriage, and what happens to one family when a sexy young temptress arrives on the scene.

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Dr. Patricia Agnew, a psychologist, has written a best seller about marriage: hers and those of three other couples who together take a week's vacation each year to ask themselves, "Why did I get married?" It's time for one of those weeks, and all four relationships are strained: Patricia and her husband Gavin have the shadow of grief between them; Terry believes that Diane has abandoned him for her work; Angela, who's built a successful business, belittles her husband Marcus, who works for her; Mike is cruel to Sheila, his religious, overweight wife. During the week, each person's secret comes out. Will these marriages survive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual references and language | See all certifications »

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12 October 2007 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,353,759 (USA) (12 October 2007)

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$55,184,721 (USA) (7 December 2007)
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Never theatrically released in the UK - though oddly, its sequel Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010) was. (Tyler Perry's films do not enjoy commercial success in Europe and hardly ever receive theatrical releases there.) See more »

Goofs

When the ladies are in the store and Trina suggests the gown for Sheila to buy, the gown is short. When Sheila wears the gown for Mike, its long. See more »

Quotes

Marcus: Could you lay off of that for a while?
Angela: Could you go to HELL for a while?
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks to: Bishop T.D. Jakes (for the "80/20 Rule") See more »

Connections

References Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »

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You Belong to Me
Written by Carly Simon and Michael McDonald
Performed by Anita Baker
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Realism and Subtly Take a Vacation, but Likable Enough
11 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You have to credit Mr. Perry for presenting to us what we so rarely get to see in American film; upper-class, professional African-American couples working through real-life relationship problems. Unfortunately, it's execution leaves a lot to be desired. Though Jill Scott turns in a spectacular performance, and Malik Joba and Tasha Smith are solid, the performances are uneven at best. It's a classic morality tale with more melodrama to fill an afternoon's worth of soap operas. Some of the characters are far too one-dimensional to be credible, including the absurdly sadistic Mike, and the nearly as absurd (and conveniently single) knight in shining armor, Sheriff Troy. There's something oddly antiseptic about the film. Even the arguments seem neat and clean, with well-defined in and out points. Sometimes it is shot like a film, sometimes (with awkward stage-like blocking), it is shot like a play being filmed in a theater proscenium. The screenplay (and direction) has some gaps of logic, but even more egregious is its exposition, which could be held up as a lesson to any aspiring screenwriter on how NOT to write it (eg, "Did you ever think we'd all turn out like this? Diane's a lawyer, I'm a doctor, you're a real estate mogul"). Unfortunately, this type of sloppy exposition abounds throughout. Realism and subtly take a vacation on this one, however, it's still a pleasant, if overly-simplistic, morality tale that's likable enough.


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