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The Single Moms Club (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 14 March 2014 (USA)
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When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.

Director:

Tyler Perry

Writer:

Tyler Perry
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nia Long ... May
Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Jan
Amy Smart ... Hillary
Zulay Henao ... Esperanza
Cocoa Brown ... Lytia
Ryan Eggold ... Peter
Tyler Perry ... TK
William Levy ... Manny
Terry Crews ... Branson
Katherine Shepler ... Jennifer
Cassie Brennan ... Kate
Massai Z. Dorsey Massai Z. Dorsey ... Rick
Vanessa Velasco Vanessa Velasco ... Veronica
DeVion Harris ... Hakim
Eddie Cibrian ... Santos
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The Single Moms Club follows five single mothers from different walks of life who come together when their teen kids, who all attend the same exclusive school, get in trouble for smoking and vandalism. It turns out that the school makes parents get involved when their children act out, so the five women are tasked with organizing a fundraiser dance. The group consists of Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), a type-A executive who is struggling to hold on to her stressful career in publishing; Hillary (Amy Smart), a mother of three still reeling from her recent divorce, and who has the hots for her new neighbor; Esperanza (Zulay Henao), who is hiding her new boyfriend from her ex-husband because she fears he might take away his financial support; May (Nia Long), an aspiring writer with a drug-addict ex-husband and a teenage son who wants to know more about his dad; and Lytia (Cocoa Brown), a sassy waitress trying to keep her youngest son from falling into a life of crime. The outspoken Jan and ...

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual material and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El club de madres solteras See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,075,111, 16 March 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,986,272, 27 April 2014
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nia Long's son in the movie is also her real son, Massai Z. Dorsey. See more »

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References New Jack City (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Campfire
Written by C. Fisher, S. Johnson, J. Rabinowitz
Performed by Sixx John
Published by Bridge Compositions Music Publishing, Reformatted One Music
Courtesy of Bridge Compositions
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The performers are much better than their material
29 October 2014 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

The five women who reside at the center of "Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club" are united by the fact that their misbehaving children have all been put on probation by the private school they attend. In response to this and other issues, the gals form their own support group to help them cope with the very real and very specific challenges they face trying to rear children on their own.

The women represent a neat (a little too neat, perhaps) cross section of modern America, culled from a variety of races and economic strata, differences that are ultimately obliterated by the common bond of single motherhood. The movie focuses on the compromises - financial, moral, personal and romantic - that these harried women have to make in order to get through life.

Though "The Single Moms Club" is slightly less cartoonish than many of Perry's previous films (no Madea in sight!) and it does offer some insights into the struggles facing such women, the movie, as a whole, lacks the verisimilitude needed to make the material convincing. For all the fine actresses that Perry has assembled for his cast (Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown and Amy Smart), the characters themselves lean too much towards the stereotypical and clichéd - the sassy, plus-sized black woman whose husband and two oldest boys are in the poky; the uptight, snooty rich white woman who's making her way up the corporate ladder and, thus, had her daughter through artificial insemination; the petite suburban blond with the hunky, albeit sensitive, next door neighbor, etc.

Perry himself appears, not in drag this time, portraying the romantic interest of one of the mothers. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's" Terry Crews is also one of the men in the cast.

But it's the five actresses who rise, if only partially, above all the slickery and goo.


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