I love watching movies with my besties. The commentary is always quite hilarious...
"He looks like an ant, and why does he have so much lip gloss on?"
"That's not lip gloss. That's grease!"
"Why are Brandy's eyes so far apart? They need to stop doing closeups!"
"The grass isn't always greener on the other side cuz ain't no grass over there!"
"Man I'm pissed off!"
I received many fair warnings, and I still gave Tyler Perry the benefit of the doubt. My boy bestie asked in his review of the movie, "Why doesn't Tyler Perry trust us?" I should have trusted my gut. I guess I couldn't fight the Temptation...
Hello, my name is Judith (Jurnee Smollet-Bell). I'm a naive and gullible 25 year old (almost) marriage counselor and my husband is an aspiring pharmacist. I've known him since I was 6, so we were soul mates from the beginning. At least until Harley (Robbie Jones) came along. He made me feel wanted and he remembered my birthday when Brice (Lance Gross) forgot. He also protected me when a guy ran me over in the park. Brice let a random guy disrespect me and call me out of my name. Harley showed me how a real man should treat me. Plus, he's already successful and has a load of money. I tried to resist his advances when we first met, but he awakened my senses and made me feel things that I've never felt with Brice, and I mean that in every way possible. He's spontaneous, funny, charming, aggressive and outrageously handsome. Brice is just... well, boring. I tried to be the kind of woman that Mama raised me to be, but I just got tired of being the "model Christian". Mama wanted me to be perfect, but she was keeping a secret of her own about my daddy. She's always judging me and telling me what to do; trying to control my life... but I'm a grown woman. Hell, I'm married! Even though Brice and I are still struggling, he promised that we'd be right where we need to be in about 10 years. I don't know if I can last that long though, especially if Harley keeps telling me to leave him. He's just so irresistible. The way he looks at me with burning desire, and how he grabs me and slangs me around. We have wild sex, and I kinda like it. The Bible says that married couples should have sex three times a week, but Brice stopped turning me on. He likes to work overtime and watch football. He's also too worried about that new chick Melinda (Brandy) who just started working at the pharmacy. She's mysterious and downright crazy. Who walks around with a hood on at night and gets jumpy when hearing someone else's voice? I don't know what's up with her, but something is definitely wrong. I don't have anything to worry about though. I know Brice will never leave me. He's weak, and conservative. But I on the other have learned how to live. Growing up in the South kept me sheltered. I never even saw people doing drugs back home. In DC, things are very different. Everyone is so carefree and outspoken. I finally decided to try new things and ended up close to the edge. I wanted to jump after Harley pushed Mama. I'd never seen him act that way in the unknown amount of time that he's been out of college. However, I did read his questionnaire and hypothesized about how he could possibly behave in a relationship. Things moved so fast. I didn't have time to think about what I was doing. All I can remember is Ava (Kim Kardashian) telling me that my shoes were ugly and that I was forgettable. I had to spice things up. And my boss (Vanessa Williams) with the fake French accent wasn't making things any better by forcing me to set old white guys up with younger women. I needed to be fulfilled. I needed excitement. I needed a wake up call...
*Fast forward after weird introductory flashback*
I'm speaking in first person because I have to help you understand the plot. You'll probably miss the clues if you don't pay attention from the very beginning, when I'm counseling a young Caucasian couple and using my sister's life as an example of how things could end up if you decide to have an affair. Don't worry; you won't get too sidetracked. Just keep predicting what's going to happen at the end. You'll be surprised by what you thought you knew... because sequence isn't really that big of a deal.
Get the point? Temptation was poorly developed with an unrealistic plot full of stereotypical insinuations. No real established point of view. Horrible time references. Bad character development (Brandy somehow forgot to age at the end)... and I don't know if God would be pleased with a movie that portrays the wholesome Christian wife as one who never forgets to say grace and cooks for her husband EVERY night, while wearing mismatched, old fashioned clothes to work and "normal" hairstyles that don't attract too much attention.
Tyler Perry, your movies should be steadily improving at this point. If you're going to continue to write, direct and produce films that exclude Madea, please be sure that the editing is not completed by some intern at your studio in Atlanta. I clearly did not miss the overall message. You undoubtedly confirmed that every GOOD writer needs a GREAT editor. Oh, and when T-Boz, Lefteye and Chilli sang to us about not chasing waterfalls, they were dead serious. Therefore, I'm not totally disappointed. Just really really really confused...
Grade D: Only because of the Lance Gross shower scene.
Have you seen the movie? What did you think?
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