|Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown|
Perry churns out another mediocre, derivative movie in "Single Mom's Club"
Single men (myself included) take note: though the dreadfully boring, contrived new Tyler Perry comedy "The Single Mom's Club" is about and geared for single women, you're better off meeting someone at the gym or grocery store. After an incident at their children's school, single mothers (Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown) from different walks of life bond and create a support group to discuss their problems and how they can make them better. Directed, written and produced by Perry, the pleasant but scattered "The Single Mom's Club" is his typically bland, mediocre stuff filled with simplistic messages, and while it's more appealing and mainstream than Madea, it still doesn't provide much in the way smart filmmaking (Perry is still very lazy even with basic scene set-up). Featuring a talented, lovely cast of actresses (and also Perry himself, who appears this time thankfully sans Madea garb) and peppered with a few fun moments, simplistic messages (kids - don't smoke, it's bad!) for this type of audience, in typical Perry fashion its unrealistic plotting, broad humor and cardboard characters don't add up to much except for some scattershot laughs. The whole "women good, men bad" theme prevails here, except if your name is Tyler Perry, who once again casts himself as the savior for the down and out woman in the film's most sexist angle. All the actresses, especially Covey (a wonderful comedienne who doesn't belong here) and Long, deserve better than this, though "For Better or Worse" actress Brown walks with most of the best lines and most heartfelt story of the women. Predictable with little genuine insight into the issues presented here, "The Single Mom's Club" is another mediocre, unoriginal effort from the Perry movie factory.
Wes's Grade: D