Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0. USA, 2013. Lionsgate, The Tyler Perry Company. Screenplay by Tyler Perry, based on his play The Marriage Counselor. Cinematography by Alexander Gruszynski. Produced by Ozzie Areu, Paul Hall, Tyler Perry. Music by Aaron Zigman. Production Design by Eloise Crane Stammerjohn. Costume Design by Johnetta Boone. Film Editing by Maysie Hoy.
As ridiculous a mess as was ever made, completely insane for two hours before a blisteringly offensive conclusion. Nonsense dialogue and direction by Tyler Perry guide a confused cast through a morally judgmental story about an aspiring marriage counselor (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) whose quiet life with pharmacist husband is destroyed when she gives into the temptation of a billionaire who wants to bed her. Two jumps in the sack and she immediately goes from being a sensible and conservative Christian lady to a downright drug-addled whore (because apparently women have no critical thinking skills, merely a moral switch), while her husband stays home completely bewildered and her mother reacts by holding hysterical prayer circles in her apartment. Nobody in this film behaves with the slightest modicum of common sense, nor do the more ridiculous characters manage to inject the kooky charm that they promise (Kim Kardashian‘s office girl Emily Blunt-ripoff could be funny except she’s not abrasively witty, she’s just rude). It’s one of the most terrible things you’ve ever seen in your life, showing Perry off as sexist (question your happiness in marriage and the consequences are devastating and unfixable) and racist (bad black people are always darker-skinned and less handsome than good black people) and as a result you just have to see it to believe it.