This weekend, I got a chance to catch Tyler Perry's latest film, "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor." Looks like I wasn't the only one. It turned out to be a pretty big hit at the box office.
Despite coming in at number 3, it still managed to pull in about $22 million, roughly $2 million dollars more than it took to make the film. If it continues to do this well, it will be the highest grossing film he has produced or directed that he did not star in. That's good considering that his highest grossing films are usually the ones where he as Madea.
In this round, Perry didn't deviate too far from his formula. He included an unspoken message in the movie, as he always does, although it did not come off as preachy like most of his films.
However, he did travel a couple of paths he is not used to traveling in his films. There was a noticeable presence of language that you are not used to hearing in any of Perry's movies. Also, there was a little bit of "almost" nudity. You'll have to see the film for yourself to get a feel for what I'm sayng. It's not really a bad thing, actually. It really shows his growth as a writer, producer and director. People do use that type of language you know?
Many of Perry's films have been stage plays at some point, which is why I tend to not catch any of them. Not that I don't like them, I just don't want to think of the play while I'm watching the film. Interestingly, none of the people I talked to who have seen the play felt that the movie and the play mirrored each other. I guess that was a good thing for the moviegoer considering there was really nothing predictable in the film.
"Temptation" treats you to so many plot twists and surprises. It kept me wondering what was coming next. These are the types of things that will make Perry one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. Yes, I said it.
I can't wait to see how Perry will have progressed in the next ten years. When he first started doing stage plays you never would have thought that he would ever start doing movies. Now he's doing them very well. In a few years, I predict that he will be doing them even better.
If you haven't seen the movie, you might want to check it out. And guys, I must tell you...just when you think you're not gonna like this film, a couple of things occur that will change your mind. Anyone who sees Temptation will likely recommend it to someone else. It's really just that good.
If you wanna do something great for the kids, "Sesame Street Live" is always a great idea when it comes to town. This Friday and Saturday (April 5-6), you can catch the show at the FedExForum. And don't worry about the ages of the kids. I think I was a fourth grader when I last went.
And for the grown people, this Sunday night Comedians Sommore, Earthquake and Bruce Bruce make their way to the Landers Center as the Royal Comedy Tour comes calling. Each of these funny folks could do an entire show on their own, so you know you're gonna get an overdose of funny with them all being on the same show. You can get tickets to both of these shows through all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.
The Africa In April, International Festival will be here in a couple of weeks and it's about more than just stocking up on shea butter and other products. It's about "cultural awareness" and we'll chat about all of that and more on next week.
Until then...that's what's happening!