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

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking.

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Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself

April’s only concern in her life seems to be making herself happy. How do her sister’s children impact her hedonist lifestyle? What does she learn about her own ability to accept responsibility?

How can traumatic experiences in a person’s life, like being sexually assaulted or abandoned, impact one’s feelings of self-worth? What characters in this film have troubled pasts? How does each of them deal with those difficulties? What individual choices do they make?

Madea tells Jennifer that if you put good things into life, good things generally come out good. Jennifer is also told that you get what you expect from others. Do you agree with these comments? How do our expectations of life or of others influence our outlook and interactions?