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Good Deeds

Released

Latest Home Video

Jun 12, 2012

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

111

Director

Tyler Perry

Cast

Tyler Perry

Gabrielle Union

Thandie Newton

Studio

2012 Lionsgate

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Still shot from the movie: Good Deeds.

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OverallC+
ViolenceB-
SexC+
LanguageD+
Drugs/AlcoholC
Run Time111

Making the Grades

Wesley Deeds (played by Tyler Perry) is the kind of son parents brag about and siblings hate to be compared to. He’s conscientious, hard working and predictable. He’s also a far cry from Tyler Perry’s cheeky fictional character Madea.

Wesley has been groomed from childhood to assume the role of president in his father’s computer software firm. Since his dad’s death he’s put aside his own personal interests and goals to run the business even as his younger, and often inebriated, brother (Brian White) whines about his own paltry responsibilities in the company.

At home, Wesley’s live-in fiancé Natalie (Gabrielle Union) is bored with her boyfriend’s lack of spontaneity, especially when it comes to their sexual activity. To compensate for his late hours at the office, she spends a night with her friends at a club and comes home completely drunk, then wonders why he rejects her clumsy pawing.

On the less posh side of town, Lindsey Wakefield (Thandie Newton) is a single mom struggling to make ends meet with the money she gets from her janitorial job in the Deed’s office building. Her outspoken, virulent mouth gets her in trouble when she rips a strip off the two Deed brothers after she parks in Wesley’s reserved spot. Only later does she realize whom she has berated. But despite her crusty persona, Wesley takes an interest in the woman and her young daughter (Jordenn Thompson), whom he finds the child sleeping in the custodial closet while her mother works. Regardless of what his family thinks, he begins to help Lindsey get back on her feet.

While Perry’s serious portrayal of the young, successful businessman is a refreshing change from the madcap behaviors of Madea, Good Deeds is heavy on drama and light on the kind of humor viewers expect to find in one of this actor’s movies. As well, the plot is so predictable and the characters so formulaic that it’s not hard to see where this film is going from the opening scenes.

Yet in spite of some content concerns for viewers (including strong language, implied sexual activity, frequent innuendo and a sibling fistfight) the film’s willingness to trumpet overt lessons about morality and community responsibility isn’t entirely bad. If the imposing figure of Tyler Perry can convince people to look around and help those less fortunate than themselves the message may be worthwhile. Even if you feel like you’ve been walloped over the head with it.

Release Date: 24 February 2012 (Limited)

Note: Also known as Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Good Deeds.

Why is Wesley unhappy despite his seemingly perfect life? What kinds of things contribute to real happiness? What does he discover about himself after he meets Lindsey? How do his goals differ from those of his fiancé?

Do you appreciate the strong moral messages in a film or do you think they distract from the entertainment value of the movie?

Have you ever been compared to a sibling? If so, how did you fare? What are the dangers of comparing children? Are there ever any positive reasons for judging one sibling against another?

 

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated
ON PG Mature Theme.
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Good Deeds...

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds releases to home video on June 12, 2012, with the following extras:

- Two featurettes exploring the film’s central themes.

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M.J. says: Mar. 06, 2012

Overall the movie tells a great story.  The most emotionally compelling part of the story, in my opinion, is actually that of Lydia (the single mother) and her daughter.

The sexual content is designated as follows:
- Sexually suggestive scene.
- One instance of sexual language.
- Mild sexual references and innuendo.
- Embracing and kissing.

That gives me the impression that it is merely intimated that a sexual encounter takes place, but not actually shown on the screen.  Although it is very brief, the only thing missing from the scene is nudity, not much else is left to the imagination.  If you don’t want your teenagers viewing that, you should not take them.  It is much more than “suggestive”

Rod Gustafson says: Mar. 06, 2012

M.J. I truly appreciate you commenting on this title. The studio didn’t screen it in our area and it is not playing here either. The best we can do is list information from Canadian and U.S. movie classification agencies. I invite anyone else who has seen Good Deeds to share their comments as well.

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