Picture from Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Overall B

April (Taraji P. Henson) has managed to do bad all by herself. But the self-centered, hard-living lounge singer must reconsider her ways when she is forced by Madea (Tyler Perry in his female persona) to care for her sister's three children. The unwelcomed life adjustment is further complicated when April also takes in a boarder (Adam Rodriguez), who is both handsome and fatherly.

Violence C+
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C+
Substance Use C

Why is Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself is rated PG-13 for for mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking.

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Mild and moderate profanities and threatening remarks are heard continually in this script, especially when adults are dealing with children. There are also several references to drug use. Some irreverent religious comments are made. When she is not on stage performing, April is frequently drunk or smoking. She and Randy also intentionally smoke in front of the kids although one of the boys suffers from asthma. Other characters are seen drinking in a bar setting. An adult male attempts to rape a teenage girl and then lies about it. A woman is involved in an adulterous relationship with a married man. A couple is shown in bed together without sexual activity. A couple kisses. Some sexual innuendo is included in the storyline. Women are shown in revealing or low cut attire. Brief male buttock nudity is seen in a non-sexual situation. Characters are caught stealing on at least two occasions. Adults beat children with a stick, threaten them and cause pain. Past physical and sexual abuse is discussed. The death of one character is portrayed. Men are involved in a serious fistfight. One character sustains bloody injuries on his face. A man is accused of child molestation. One character threatens to electrocute another. A brief scene involving electrical shock is seen.