Good Deeds Review: Just Another Slice Of Sh*t Pie

By Joanna Robinson | Film | February 28, 2012 | Comments ()

By Joanna Robinson | Film | February 28, 2012 |

In his first leading role without the Madea wig, Perry plays a straight-laced, well-to-do yuppie who, after he meets Newton's Lindsey (who is, fine, both a Maid and a Down On Her Luck Single Mom) realizes that his buttoned-up, passionless life needs shaking up. So, you see, the whole familiar plot hinges on the idea that the chemistry between these two is so potent that Deeds is willing to change his whole life and ditch his very comely fiancee (a completely wasted Gabrielle Union) to pursue Lindsey. Unfortunately, Perry plays one dour note throughout the entire film. And though Perry wisely surrounded himself with some significant talent (including Phylicia Rashad as his cold, distant mother and Brian White as Perry's black sheep brother), none of them are able to inject any life into their ridiculously cliched dialogue and equally predictable plot lines. How boring is it? At one point I started to wish Madea would make an appearance. Exactly.

And, because this is a Tyler Perry joint, we're treated not only to his subpar writing, but his completely uninspired directing. There is some serious Hallmark Hall Of Fame level of talent happening here and this, this is the number one purveyor of African American talent? This man, who's slapped his name across every project until he's more of a brand than an artist, is the best we've got? No, no way. I'm sick and tired of year after year of this uninspired bullish*t. I demand Spike Lee work more. Nice try with Red Tails, George Lucas, but something tells me that story deserved better than Hollywood's biggest sell-out. Many congratulations and accolades to Octavia Spencer and hisses for Viola Davis's loss but, seriously, at the end of the day, despite those two stellar performances,The Help was a hypocritical, smug, racist film. A huge quivering slice of sh*t pie. And Good Deeds? That's a second helping. So no, don't see it. Rent i>Pariah instead. It'll go down easier.

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