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.
Why Is Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself Rated PG-13?
Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself is rated PG-13 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.
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Down in the Delta deals with another young single mother who lives with her children in the Chicago Housing projects where she subsists on a diet of alcohol and drugs—then she is forced to spend the summer with her Uncle Earl down in the Mississippi Delta. Balancing a demanding fashion career with the sudden arrival of her sister’s children is an overwhelming challenge for Helen Harris after she becomes sole guardian of the orphans in Raising Helen. Actress Taraji P. Henson gives an outstanding performance as a caregiver in a nursing home that mothers a cast-off child in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Tyler Perry has created several films around the character Madea (played by Tyler Perry in drag). We have reviewed Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea’s Family Reunion. Other titles he has worked on included Madea Goes to Jail, Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns
Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Details on home video releases of Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself...
Tyler Perry’s: I Can Do Bad All By Myself is releasing to DVD on January 12, 2010. The disc includes an audio commentary and a photo gallery.