For years Tyler Perry has been delivering some powerful movies with a hint of comedy. Audiences seem to either enjoy them or hate them with only a few down the middle. While his most famous character Madea has become the centerpiece of a lot of the films every so often he steps outside that world to bring something different to the screen. His latest, The Single Mom’s Club brings together a good cast including Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown, and Terry Crews but does it have the story to back it up?
The Single Moms Club follows five struggling single moms who put aside their differences to form a support group, where they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. This is one of the few films in Perry’s filmography that doesn’t showcase any real powerful moments, but does bring just enough drama to keep it from being a full on comedy. There is more lighthearted humor here than anything else and with any other cast would be a throw away film no one would care about. These women have good chemistry so it manages to deliver on some level, but mostly just during their group conversations. The rest of the movie is a clichéd by the numbers film that offers little new to the genre and never really brings anything that helps it stand out. It is pretty easy to figure out where everything is going to end up from early in the film so it’s really about these women’s interaction to make it worth moving forward.
This is one of those movies that isn’t bad, but isn’t necessarily good either. It will be one that finds it’s audience that will either enjoy it for what it is or quickly not care. It isn’t due to any one bad thing, but mostly just the subject and average nature that will make it resonate most likely with the female audience and have the men watching it with them, but not one they would likely pick for themselves. If you are fans of any of the women in the film then you may enjoy it so give it a try, just don’t expect any of the usual Perry heart wrenching drama twists.