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I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)

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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 and delivers the young delinquents to the only ... See full summary »

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Tyler Perry

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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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hope is closer than you think.

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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 »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Tyler Perry Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cheryl Pepsii Riley provided the vocals for Taraji P Henson's singing parts. 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

Follows Madea Goes to Jail (2009) See more »

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Contagious
Written by Xavier Dphrepaulezz
Performed by Chocolate Butterfly
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Whoa....where is the love?!
15 January 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am a masochist. That is why I am trying to see all the movies from Harry Medved's book "The 50 Worst Films of All Time" as well as all of the Bottom 100 from IMDb. Masochism is the only thing that would explain it. However, in my strange quest to see the best of the worst, I have occasionally run across some films that seem to have been included in the lists and you can't understand why. This is the case with I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF. Why is this film so hated that it made this IMDb list? To quote Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, "Where is the love?".

Now I am NOT saying that this is a perfect film--there are two major problems that negatively impact this film. But, the film has so many wonderful moments--so much good acting and excellent writing that I am just baffled at the negative reviews. Let's talk about the two main problems. Tyler Perry apparently plays the comedic Madea character in all his films. However here, this character seems amazingly out of place in this ultra-serious drama. A little less Madea would have helped the film maintain a tighter focus. The second problem is that while the singing was all very high quality, there just seemed to be too much. Less singing and less Madea would have left more time for character development.

What I really liked, though was the great story--at least once you got to it. Three kids are caught stealing in Madea's home. You soon learn that they are doing this because they are hungry. Their grandmother (who they live with) has disappeared and they chose a stupid way to deal with this. Madea takes pity on them--feeding them and taking them to their Aunt's house. The problem, however, is that the Aunt is a total mess--and one of the most selfish characters you've ever seen. Can all this work out successfully? Of course--that's a given. However, it's all handled very well and this one will most likely get you shedding some tears--so have some Kleenex handy. The acting was superb and the story very involving.

Overall, a wonderful film that could have been more wonderful. Still, it's well worth seeing and is a good film for older kids--even if the language is sometimes rough and there is a brief (but appropriate) nude scene. This is because the message is awfully good--though I could imagine some finding it all a bit heavy-handed (I know I didn't).

By the way, I am a middle-aged White guy. Tyler Perry movies are apparently NOT just for African-American audiences!


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