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Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor -- Tyler Perry delivers a powerhouse drama like no other. A marriage counselor's personal and professional life becomes complicated after she enters into a relationship with a client.
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor -- A marriage counselor's life become complicated after she enters into an increasingly obsessive relationship behind her husband's back.


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29 March 2013 (USA) See more »
Seduction is the devil's playground. See more »
An ambitious married woman's temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Judith

Lance Gross ... Brice

Kim Kardashian West ... Ava (as Kim Kardashian)

Vanessa Williams ... Janice

Robbie Jones ... Harley

Renée Taylor ... Chapman

Ella Joyce ... Sarah

Brandy Norwood ... Melinda
Jim Adams ... Client
Alvin Aki ... Client #4

Sidney Baxley ... Client #2
Renee Ford Clark ... Sarah's Church Sister #2

Candice Coke ... Marriage Counselor
Stephanie Marie Douglas ... Choir Singer #1
Timothy Scott Floyd ... Choir Singer #6
Jack Brandon Frazier ... Choir Singer #4
Howard C. French ... Client #1
Ryan Johns ... Choir Singer #2
Blanche Leigh Johnson ... Choir Singer #7
Bethany Hurst Jones ... Choir Singer #5
Doreen Ketchens ... Singer

Bryson Lofton ... BJ
Ronald Lynch ... Young Brice (10 yrs)

Sheila Maddox ... Sarah's Church Sister #1

Cara Mantella ... Social Advance Marriage Counselor
Andrea Moore ... Lisa
Shamea Morton ... Woman
Nadine A. O'Brien ... Choir Singer #3

Shaeleigh Person ... Young Judith (10 yrs)

Andy Rusk ... Mountain Biker

Zach Sale ... Brad
Ron Bobb Semple ... Client #3
DeMontrez Spears ... Man #1
Peg Thon ... Mildred
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Key Jones ... Model Employee (as Keosha Jones)
Scott Ledbetter ... Millionaire
Christi Barlow ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Shelley Bassett ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Mark Behar ... Millionaire Client (uncredited)

Lindsey Blackwell ... Young Judith (6 yrs) (uncredited)
Ira Carmichael ... Man#2 (uncredited)

Raymond Delaune ... Businessman (uncredited)
Jon Gould ... Millionaire Client (uncredited)

Stephanie Greenquist ... Various (uncredited)

Jeff Greer ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Sanna Haynes ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Robert Hotalen ... Fiddle Player (uncredited)
Andrew R. Kaplan ... Board Member (uncredited)
Zack Kibria ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Karishma Lakhani ... Model (uncredited)
Ken Melde ... The Client (uncredited)

Dina Morrone ... (uncredited)

Sharon Oliphant ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Keith Ratchek ... Airport Patron (uncredited)
Deborah Redding ... Client (uncredited)
Denise Santos ... Walker (uncredited)
Micah Stampley ... (uncredited)

James Troutman ... Client (uncredited)

Nickolas Wolf ... Church Attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
Tyler Perry 
Writing credits
Tyler Perry (screenplay)

Tyler Perry (stage play "The Marriage Counselor")

Produced by
Ozzie Areu .... producer
Paul Hall .... producer
Michael Paseornek .... production executive
Tyler Perry .... producer
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
Cinematography by
Alexander Gruszynski 
Film Editing by
Maysie Hoy 
Casting by
Kim Coleman 
Production Design by
Eloise Crane Stammerjohn 
Art Direction by
Gentry L. Akens II 
Set Decoration by
Dane Moore 
Costume Design by
Johnetta Boone 
Makeup Department
Andrea C. Brotherton .... assistant hair stylist
Carol 'Ci Ci' Campbell .... department head hair
Tracy Ewell .... key makeup artist
Roxanne Ferguson .... key hair stylist
Kimberly Jones .... makeup department head
Kimberly Jones .... special makeup effects artist
D. Nicole .... makeup artist
Shunika Terry .... hair stylist
Ariane Turner .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Jennifer Booth .... production manager: N.O. unit
Petra Hoebel .... production manager: DC
Mark W. McCoy .... post production manager (as Mark McCoy)
Curtis A. Miller .... production director (Lions Gate Films)
Montez A. Monroe .... production supervisor
Mike Upton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Alvelo .... second assistant director
Robert S. Hoffman .... additional second assistant director
Kevin Lum .... second assistant director: New Orleans
Kevin Lum .... second second assistant director
Sherman Shelton Jr. .... second second assistant director: New Orleans
Chip Signore .... first assistant director
Art Department
Deidra Lynn Currie .... on-set dresser
Mike Ellison .... props
Karen A. Felix .... property master
Jennifer Hutchins .... art department production assistant
Jessica Jackson .... set decoration production assistant
Mayumi Konishi-Valentine .... set designer
Elizabeth Mire .... set dressing buyer
Sarah Myers .... buyer
Grahame Ménage .... paint foreman
Kelly Richardson .... art department coordinator
Ann Stacy .... lead scenic
Craig Stanley .... scenic artist
Sarah Falls .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Matt Derber .... sound utility
Chris Durfy .... production sound mixer
Kimberly Ellis .... sound editor (as Kimberly Wilhoit)
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... supervising foley artist
Gary Marullo .... foley artist
Matt Robinson .... boom operator
David Stanke .... first assistant sound editor
Kathie Talbot .... sound and vocal designer: trailer
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor
Pedro Jimenez .... trailer re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeremy Farlow .... special effects technician
David Fletcher .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Holly Gregory Horter .... digital compositor
Thuy Le .... digital compositor
Chris LeDoux .... visual effects supervisor: Crafty Apes
Mark LeDoux .... digital compositor
Jason Sanford .... visual effects producer: Crafty Apes
Mohamed Berete .... stunt double
Scott Dale .... stunt coordinator
Terrence Julien .... stunt double: Lance Gross
Bethany Levy .... stunt double: Jurnee Smollett
Andy Rusk .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Dane Bjerno .... aerial camera technician
Breyaan Bolling .... lighting technician
Warren Brace .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Scott Brinson .... lighting console programmer
Ted Chu .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jeff Crumbley .... camera operator
Steve Dietl .... additional still photographer
Peter Dietrich .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Brant S. Fagan .... camera operator: "a" camera
Brant S. Fagan .... steadicam operator
Mike Gentry .... electrician
Brian Heller .... aerial cinematographer
Ty Inlow .... camera intern
Patrick Istorico .... rigging grip
Humphrey Jarrod .... rigging key grip
Tony Jenzano .... video assist: second unit
Carl M. Johnson .... rigging electric best boy
Lane Leagans .... best boy grip
Sherri Angela Leger .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Saul McSween .... digital loader
Denny Mooradian .... gaffer
Keith Moore .... rigging grip best boy
Chad Oliver .... digital imaging technician
David Peirce .... grip
Kenny Rivenbark .... libra operator
Allen Robinson .... grip (day player)
Tim Ryan .... additional electrician
Christian Satrazemis .... additional camera operator
Christian Satrazemis .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Alexander G. Smith .... lighting technician
Troy Toebben .... best boy
Casting Department
Heather Hylton Bivens .... extras casting director
Emily Mask .... extras casting assistant
John McAlary .... casting associate
Jenny Trinh .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aliyah I. Baynes .... key costumer
Ashley Marie Parker .... costumer
Hilary Smiley .... costume assistant
Desha Williams .... Costume Coordinator
Editorial Department
Mason Beckman .... on-set dailies operator
Scott Gregory .... digital film colorist
Ken Lebre .... dailies producer
Rob Marcacci .... data labs operator
Christopher McDonald .... dailies operator
Joi McMillon .... first assistant editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
Justin Powell .... post-production coordinator
Kimi Rosenthal .... post-production assistant
Jay Talactac .... post-production assistant
Ariana Young .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Maeve Brophy .... music coordinator
Erin Dillon .... assistant music supervisor
George Doering .... musician
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Michael Stern .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Brandon Alford .... driver
Kirk Baptiste .... driver
William W. Brown III .... driver
Michael Freeman .... transportation coordinator
Dan J. Latham II .... production driver
Other crew
Elyse Archie .... basecamp production assistant
Ozzie Areu .... president: Tyler Perry Studios
Will Areu .... senior vice president: TPS
Jp Author .... director assistant
Nicole Baker .... office pa
Annette Bas .... second assistant accountant
Lauren Beale .... production assistant
Paul Bednarz .... key set medic
Khalilah Birdsong .... creative executive
Sean Bredbenner .... aerial unit
David Michael Brown .... craft service
George Camarda .... script supervisor
J. Chan Claggett .... location manager
Mare'a Cobb .... accounting clerk
Ami Cohen .... production department senior coordinator
Mark Cottrell .... location manager
Aleshia Cowser .... production assistant
John R.C. Davis .... production coordinator: New Orleans
John R.C. Davis .... production coordinator: new orleans unit
Kelli Dunson .... production assistant
Brian Edwards .... client relations: vanessa williams
Ira Friedlander .... production accountant
Alfred Gundry .... aerial unit (as Alfred 'Fred' Gundry)
Anthony J. Hanna .... additional legal services
Liam Hearne .... post-production accountant
Stella L. Holmes .... production assistant
Ari Joseph .... production assistant: extras
Steven Kennebrew-Turner .... production assistant
Haweni Keskessa .... first assistant accountant
Shay Latte .... assistant location manager
Chasity Lowe .... set medic
Paul Lowe .... key set medic
Laurent Marchand .... caterer (as Laurent Marchand)
Robert M. Melnik .... executive vice president of business and legal affairs: Lionsgate
Angie Dean Morrison .... location scout (as Angie Dean)
Sommer Oliver .... travel coordinator
Gary Ousdahl .... story editor
Tim Palen .... Chief Marketing Officer
David Albert Pierce .... additional legal services
Dustin Pitan .... key assistant location manager
Dustin Pitan .... location scout
Shayna Rasin .... production assistant
Emily Rice .... post-production accountant
Bruce Roberts .... key set production assistant
John Sanchez .... production coordinator
Trevor Schliefer .... additional production assistant
Melody Segue .... set production assistant
Harley Shellhammer .... stand-in
Donna Sloan .... executive vice president: production, Lions Gate Films
Michael C. Smith .... security consultant
Amanda Sutton .... post production payroll accountant
Birdie Talanca .... first assistant accountant
Amber Taylor .... account executive
David Vogel .... set production assistant: Washington DC
David Michael Warren .... production assistant
Jasmine K. White .... production assistant
Shannon Williams .... stand-in for Lance Gross
Jill Andrade .... executive assistant to Mr. Ozzie Areu Producer (uncredited)
Robert Severance .... police security (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tyler Perry's Temptation" - USA (informal short title)
"Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" - USA (complete title)
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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content
111 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #47806)

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This is the second time Ella Joyce has played Jurnee Smollett-Bell's mother. The first was the 1999 television movie Selma, Lord, Selma (1999) (TV), also filmed in Atlanta.See more »
Judith:You know... I've been meaning to tell you... you are in an existential identity crisis. I did my research on you. You spent two weeks in Paris and all of a sudden you got a French accent? Girl, we know you're actually from Georgia.
Janice:[breaking character; Southern accent] Bitch, you'd better get your ass outta my office!
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83 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
A sermon effective to those who demanded it, 30 March 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

"Overwrought" is the word to describe Tyler Perry's Temptation. Between the simple conflicts, cardboard characters, and stiflingly slow dialog almost entirely erected off of carbon-copy dramas, it shows its agonizingly long roots by taking every possible scenario and stretching it to a length beyond maddening tedium. There's almost no need to even write a review on this picture, because if you're not turned off by the name "Tyler Perry," you're likely turned off by the amateur cast the film boasts, the dopey plot(s), or the presence of the always wooden, never charismatic Kim Kardashian.

Tyler Perry's films have been a roller-coaster for a non-fan like myself. I believe his pictures almost demand the audience to have ability to relate too its characters on screen, and if you don't, then you've demolished one of the crucial ways of being able to like the film as a whole. But if you even if you do have the relatable factor down, there are still a number of other characteristics of his pictures that will do the job of turning you off. The abundance of clichés, stereotypes, senseless slapstick, religious motives, and ridiculous characters is enough to warrant a walk-out.

The film stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Lance Gross as Judith and Brice, childhood sweethearts that are married in an upper-class area. She is a matchmaker, working to become a full-time marriage counselor, while he is a pharmacist and a successful one at that. After six years of marriage, Judith becomes greatly unsatisfied by the drab life she is living, and in due-time because she meets Harley (Robbie Jones), an immensely successful, social-networking pioneer who is in dire need of a woman. From first sight, Judith is mesmerized by his confidence, money, and ability to talk a woman up as big as the house he lives in. We see where this is going, but Judith, who appears very bright and focused - with a mind similar to Kimberly Elise's character in Diary of a Mad Black Woman - doesn't. Soon, they are sneaking around, having sexual fun together, while she is being showered with gifts, all while trying to remain indiscreet to Brice.

This is the immediate problem of Tyler Perry's Temptation; there are no likable characters (except Brice), no characters with any intelligent judgment, and no characters that extend themselves past formulaic and dull. Take Judith for example, who we are allegedly supposed to sympathize with, even during the instances when she is cheating. We're just supposed to think, "well, it's justifiable since she's upset and Brice doesn't stand up for her as a man should." There's no justification for cheating, but the film makes it out to be up until things go really, really wrong.

It's, too, relevant that the film loves making ordeals out of petty non-issues such as Brice not standing up for Judith when she is cat-called by a group of thugs on their night out. Judith proceeds to go to bed angry and embarrassed by her husband's lack of gall to defend her or even initiate something. A scene not long after shows Harley almost beating a cyclist to a pulp after running into Judith when she was clearly at fault. Is he how men should behave? The film tries to show us that, even though his actions are grossly immature compared to Brice's, he's better because he at least tries.

Tyler Perry's Temptation fails in large part, however, because of its writing. It is an early candidate for the worst written film of the year. It runs on the fuel of inane dialog, corny lines, and senseless drama. Take for example the scene when Harley and Judith are on his private plane, and Harley questions what Judith "dreams about." When she responds, she ricochets the question off of him, to which he replies, "of you?" in a delivery that is akin to primetime soap operas. I can't remember cringing harder to a line of dialog. Then there's a scene where Judith is found battered in a bathtub. When Brice asks her, "where does it hurt?" she replies, "here," while placing her hand on his heart. To see the audience eat scenes up like this makes me deeply, deeply scared to think they have romantic expectations probably not alien to the kind in this film.

The leads aren't dreadful here, as Smollett-Bell and Gross are the kind of actors you crave to watch in better material, but the presence of reality-TV star Kim Kardashian in a film is about as off-putting and as tasteless as the persona she gives on that godforsaken program of her's. Why must Kardashian inhabit a secondary role in this film, let alone a role at all? Why not find a bodacious woman with huge breasts, a huge buttocks, and wildly unrealistic curves with no celebrity appeal for half the price? Perry's name alone is big enough to sell the most lurid screenplay/movie, so why work a role for her? It doesn't matter, though; I'm wasting words. She's about as unappealing and cloying as a secondary character played by an unnecessary celebrity can get. It will take a performance of a true despicable nature to dethrone her from a "Worst New Actress" award at the forthcoming Razzies.

Tyler Perry's Temptation is a sermon that will effectively preach to the choir that has graciously accepted every film he has released since Diary of a Mad Black Woman back in 2005. However, it has become clear now that public success is all that matters to Perry. He no longer seems to have ambition to make films that cater to a denominator other than the lowest or the most demanding. He attempts to get by on melodramatic clichés, laughable dialog, moral preachiness, inclusions of a sappy Christian agenda, and frustratingly inert plotpoints. I wish him well, and hope one day I can recommend a movie by him. I respect him as a self-made filmmaker, but that's about it, I'm afraid.

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