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I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 September 2009 (USA)
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I Can Do Bad All by Myself is a movie starring Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, and Adam Rodriguez. 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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Madea / Joe
... April
... Sandino
... Randy
... Jennifer
... Manny
... Byron
... Wilma
... Tanya
... Pastor Brian
... Man #1
... Miller
... Mr. Bradley
... Ms. Sullivan
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 Columbian 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

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Hope is closer than you think.

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

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Lionsgate [United States]

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11 September 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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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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Trivia

Adam Rodriguez and Taraji P. Henson also played an on-screen couple on the TV series "Empire". 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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References Jaws (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

The Need to Be
Written by Jim Weatherly
Performed by Gladys Knight
Published by Universal Music Publishing Group
Courtesy of Tyler Perry Studios
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Something to be learned
28 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this movie today and I have to tell you that I loved it. The storyline, while similar to other productions of Mr. Perry has a completely different perspective. This movie is about faith, love, family and friendship with all the associated struggles.

The opening scene grabbed my attention and the story held it through the whole movie. I laughed, cried, I got angry the characters really pulled me into their life experiences and I was entertained.

Madea and Joe were funny as usual. The character played by Taraji Henson I alternatively wanted to hate and comfort. The children were positively adorable and Adam Rodrijuez was smokin' hot.

Worth seeing, I will probably see it again. I score this 8/10.


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