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Good Deeds (2012)

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Businessman Wesley Deeds is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building.

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Tyler Perry

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Tyler Perry (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Perry ... Wesley Deeds
Thandie Newton ... Lindsey Wakefield
Gabrielle Union ... Natalie
Eddie Cibrian ... John
Brian White ... Walt Deeds
Jordenn Thompson ... Ariel
Phylicia Rashad ... Wilimena
Beverly Johnson ... Brenda
Rebecca Romijn ... Heidi
Jamie Kennedy ... Mark Freeze
Andrew Masset ... Mr. Brunson (as Andrew Hyatt Masset)
Victoria Loving Victoria Loving ... Mrs. Brunson
Tom Thon ... Milton
Susan Shalhoub Larkin ... Margaret
Nevaina Graves Rhodes Nevaina Graves Rhodes ... Teacher (as Nevaina)
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Businessman Wesley Deeds is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building.

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Wesley Deeds is About to Discover the Person He Was Meant to Be.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, some violence and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,583,924, 26 February 2012

Gross USA:

$35,025,791

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,578,791
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gabrielle and Brian also co-starred in Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls. See more »

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When Wesley and Lindsey are riding the motorcycle, you can see a reflection of a truck in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wesley Deeds: [narration] My name is Wesley Deeds the Third. I grew up fifth-generation Ivy League graduate. I can tell you my pedigree all the way back to the tribe that my greatest grandfather came from. I was born into privilege, groomed by my father to be a businessman, to take over his company, groomed by my mother to be a gentleman. I was told where to stand and how to dress, how to cut my hair, and what I would be doing for the rest of my life from the time that I was five years old. And ...
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Decent, or at least Mediocre Romance about a Troubled Rich Man
8 March 2012 | by TroyeEvansSee all my reviews

While this Tyler Perry work is negatively user-rated widely and apparently under-performing at the box office, it is in fact a decent love story about a rich businessman, Tyler Perry, who has never been chasing his dreams his entire life. That is, indeed, up to the point Thandie Newton, the female lead who has difficulty earning a living and raising her daughter without any support, enters his life.

The slow-paced setup of the first half tends to give viewers a certain degree of boredom and negative aspect of the movie. Despite the seemingly planned organization of the plot, the complete story is glued together by separate events that somewhat relate, but never really cohere tightly, which costs an interesting story the loss of a natural flow. Though it's not at all fatal, the length of the movie with incoherent sections does seem to add to the disadvantage of storytelling. In other words, the first half and second half are at the fault of imbalance and the development is jumpy at times, especially in the second half.

It is a movie that is more romance than drama and comedy, though it does have its share of laughable moments. Such are nothing too intense but it does help the over-seriousness of the setting. The focus is placed mostly over Perry and Newton, which undoubtedly leads to the impression that other relationships are simply being mentioned and neglected with a somewhat abrupt closing.

Many actions are not explained; they are just shown to be "good deeds". When the movie begins, it feels like an in-depth story about Newton and her life which is nothing but bad. As the story develops, we are shown a relationship that quickly evolves. The abrupt closure is not well-tackled. Indeed, we are back to the problem of imbalance. Viewers enjoy a start with over-explained and over-described matters which inevitably make people tedious, while in the end, it is too quick and make people feel that there is not enough explaining done, which leaves them disappointed.

In a crowd of satisfactory performances, Newton easily stands out with her scenes when she is with her daughter, played by Jordenn Thompson. Those moments are the only that give this flat romance and drama some sentimental value. Writing and directly the movie himself, Tyler Perry manages to offer an okay performance as the title character. Brian White has done a fine job playing the "loser" brother of Perry.

It is a script with certain imbalance and some organizational issues. Nevertheless, as a light romance story about a man's desire to chase his dreams, it is a movie that delivers sufficiency, and warmth occasionally. It is not a movie that shines, but it remains a simple and interesting story with an attempt to tell a message.


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