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I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 September 2009 (USA)
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When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

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Tyler Perry

Writers:

Tyler Perry (screenplay), Tyler Perry (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Perry ... Madea / Joe
Taraji P. Henson ... April
Adam Rodriguez ... Sandino
Brian White ... Randy
Hope Olaide Wilson ... Jennifer
Kwesi Boakye ... Manny
Frederick Siglar ... Byron
Gladys Knight ... Wilma
Mary J. Blige ... Tanya
Marvin Winans ... Pastor Brian
Eric Mendenhall ... Man #1
David Paulus ... Miller
Randall Taylor ... Mr. Bradley
Tess Malis Kincaid ... Ms. Sullivan
Joseph Taylor Joseph Taylor ... Announcer
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Storyline

When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of Randy, her married boyfriend, April wants nothing to do with the kids. But her attitude begins to change when Sandino, a handsome Colombian immigrant looking for work, moves into April's basement room. Making amends for his own troubled past, Sandino challenges April to open her heart. And April soon realizes she must make the biggest choice of her life: between her old ways with Randy and the new possibilities of family, faith ... and even true love. Written by Lionsgate

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hope is closer than you think.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Lionsgate [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,446,785, 13 September 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,733,921
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hope Olaide Wilson (Jennifer) was 24 years old in real life, though she played a 16 year old Jennifer in the movie See more »

Goofs

When Mary J Blige begins singing the title song she has on a red dress but after the scene returns from a flashback/cutover from Taraji P Henson, Mary is wearing a black and white beaded dress. See more »

Quotes

Madea: What's going on with you?
Jennifer: My grandma died.
Madea: Aw I'm sorry to hear that, baby.
Jennifer: My Aunt April's gonna send us back to foster care. They gonna separate us. I'm all Manny and Byron got. If we separate, I don't know what I'm gonna do.
[sobs]
Madea: Calm yourself down, honey. Calm down. Getting all worked up.
Jennifer: Can we stay with you?
Madea: Huh?
Jennifer: Nobody wants us!
Madea: That ain't true. Somebody wants you.
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Connections

References The Horse Whisperer (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Woman Down
Written by Robert F. Aries, Mary J. Blige, Sean Garrett, Freddie Jackson (as Freddie Anthony Jackson) and Melisa Joyce Morgan
Performed by Mary J. Blige
Published by Wick-Di Music Universal Music Corporation o/b/o itself and Mary J. Blige Music,
Songs of Windswept Pacific
Courtesy of Tyler Perry Studios
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Basic, but not as bad as rating
9 October 2009 | by am_scpSee all my reviews

First, there are several films that warrant a rating of 2 or less, however, I really don't think this is one of them. With that being said, even if you're a Tyler Perry fan, I don't see how you can give it a 10. The film itself had the basic TP's ingredients from the rest of his films, with a Hollywood ending added. There are some tear jerking moments that tug on the emotional side and there's enough issues sprinkled around that most people could relate to.

I thought the film was okay. Unfortunately, film-making has become a forgotten art. It's not that Tyler Perry films are as bad as the ratings may reflect ( in my opinion), it's just that they are simple and predictable. For the Tyler Perry fans, Mr. Perry's bank account, and lionsgate, that's "all good". You can't argue with the math.


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