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"I Can Do Bad All By Myself" - Tyler Perry's "Forgotten Classic"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 22, 2011 at 11:28AM

I know, I know... just humor me for a minute... :)
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I know, I know... just humor me for a minute... :)

A quick Did You Know, before I head out to the 8PM MoMA critical panel discussion of Charles Burnett's work and influence on the cinematic landscape, with Armond White, Professor Robert Kapsis, co-curator of the exhibition and editor of Charles Burnett: Interviews, actor Richard Brooks (who stars in Burnett's To Sleep with Angerand The Wedding), filmmaker and Burnett collaborator Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, and Richard Pena, Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Ask most folks around here who've seen most, if not all of Tyler Perry's movies (those he directed), which they consider his best work, and Why Did I Get Married would probably be the most uttered.

I thought it was interesting to learn that, while browsing over reviews of his films on RottenTomatoes.com, I learned that 2009's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, was actually his highest rated movie, and worth noting, his ONLY overall positively reviewed film, enjoying a 60% Fresh rating on the popular movie review aggregator website. 24 out of 40 critics gave the film a thumbs up.

I should mention that the film, which starred Taraji P. Henson, made just over $51 million at the box office.

Interestingly, that specific movie rarely comes up on conversations about Tyler Perry's movies. It's almost as if it's his forgotten "classic" (note the quotes).

SO... might this encourage you to give I Can Do Bad All By Myself a second look, or a first look, if you haven't already seen it? *Kanye shrug*

I saw it actually, but found it not-so unlike Perry's typical melodramatic, Christian-themed morality plays. But maybe I'll actually give it another look... maybe :)

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