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I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 September 2009 (USA)
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When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Director:

Tyler Perry

Writers:

Tyler Perry (screenplay), Tyler Perry (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Perry ... Madea / Joe
Taraji P. Henson ... April
Adam Rodriguez ... Sandino
Brian White ... Randy
Hope Olaide Wilson ... Jennifer
Kwesi Boakye ... Manny
Frederick Siglar ... Byron
Gladys Knight ... Wilma
Mary J. Blige ... Tanya
Marvin Winans ... Pastor Brian
Eric Mendenhall ... Man #1
David Paulus ... Miller
Randall Taylor ... Mr. Bradley
Tess Malis Kincaid ... Ms. Sullivan
Joseph Taylor Joseph Taylor ... Announcer
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Storyline

When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of Randy, her married boyfriend, April wants nothing to do with the kids. But her attitude begins to change when Sandino, a handsome Colombian immigrant looking for work, moves into April's basement room. Making amends for his own troubled past, Sandino challenges April to open her heart. And April soon realizes she must make the biggest choice of her life: between her old ways with Randy and the new possibilities of family, faith ... and even true love. Written by Lionsgate

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hope is closer than you think.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Lionsgate [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,446,785, 13 September 2009

Gross USA:

$51,733,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,733,921
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hope Olaide Wilson was 24 years old when she played 16 year old Jennifer. See more »

Goofs

When Mary J. Blige begins singing the title song she has on a red dress but after the scene returns from a view of April, Mary is wearing a black and white beaded dress. See more »

Quotes

Madea: What's going on with you?
Jennifer: My grandma died.
Madea: Aw I'm sorry to hear that, baby.
Jennifer: My Aunt April's gonna send us back to foster care. They gonna separate us. I'm all Manny and Byron got. If we separate, I don't know what I'm gonna do.
[sobs]
Madea: Calm yourself down, honey. Calm down. Getting all worked up.
Jennifer: Can we stay with you?
Madea: Huh?
Jennifer: Nobody wants us!
Madea: That ain't true. Somebody wants you.
[...]
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Connections

Follows I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Woman Down
Written by Robert F. Aries, Mary J. Blige, Sean Garrett, Freddie Jackson (as Freddie Anthony Jackson) and Melisa Joyce Morgan
Performed by Mary J. Blige
Published by Wick-Di Music Universal Music Corporation o/b/o itself and Mary J. Blige Music,
Songs of Windswept Pacific
Courtesy of Tyler Perry Studios
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Its not the film that lacks heart it's the majority of reviewers....
29 March 2015 | by MoviePro223See all my reviews

First off it is a well known fact that Tyler Perry is a man of faith, and he stays true to that in the majority of his films. So when watching a movie and taking the time to critique it for others, is it fair to the population looking for advice on whether this movie is worth a watch or not to critique it from a biased standpoint? I absolutely do not, so in effort to be non- biased and neutral on the morals I choose to rate this movie based on what it should be rated on, the quality of the film.

All the actors in this movie had at least one moment worth mentioning (especially Henson)! Sure not every moment was incredible or Oscar worthy, but how many movies have you watched that received a 3.8 rating can you say...all actors had at least one moment of solid acting. None in my opinion.

This film revolves and thrives off of real life issues when living in inner city. Now if you have never experienced, or know little of, you may automatically under appreciated this film. What many people saw in this film as cliché were really moments Perry attempted to address those real life issues. Most movies you watch today are 2 hours of meaningless entertainment offering nothing more then a way to shut off your mind from life and leave the theater dumber then when you came it (not that that's not fun once in awhile). But what makes those films better then a film like this? Boldly Perry offers an acceptable mixture of heart, emotion, humor, and real life.

If your not interested in movies about life that will attempt to tug at your heart, without fear of showing the real side of an underprivileged and abusive life, then you will enjoy this film. If you prefer movies with meaningless entertainment, or humor then avoid this film.


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