Trailer Park | I Can Do Bad All By Myself

14 05 2009

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The machine known as Tyler Perry keeps right on purring with the release of the teaser trailer for his upcoming fall film, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” With recent appearances in both “Star Trek” and the highly profitable, “Madea Goes to Jail,” it appears that much like the Energizer Bunny, Perry just keeps going and going and going . . .

Based on his hit stage play, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” tells the story of what happens when Perry’s iconic Madea character discovers a 16-year-old girl (Hope Olaide Wilson) and her brothers looting her home and sends them to live with their Aunt April (Taraji P. Henson), a hard-drinking nightclub singer.

**Click on the image above to watch the “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” teaser trailer**

Gladys Knight will play Wilma, a kind of matriarch of the neighborhood and singer at Marshall Baptist Church, where Madea also circulates. Knight, Marvin Winans and Mary J. Blige all will sing in the film, with Blige performing an original song penned by Ne-Yo.

While tons of critics (ourselves included) have criticized Perry for his buffonish Madea character, his core audience continues to support his vision in droves. “Madea Goes to Jail” was Perry’s most profitable film to date grossing over $90 million.

“I Can Do Bad All By Myself” opens in theaters on September 11.

Click here to check out more trailers on FilmGordon.

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16 05 2009
Jin Jan

I wish that filmmakers, like Perry, would start doing real research on black men and women whose admirable achievements need to be told and apply their creative talents away from stereotypically treating black characters in repeated fashion to brand their characters as if black communities have nothing more than absurd dysfunctional folks who are either or rambunctious in behaviors, high on drugs, or are drug dealers, and so frequently seen as gang members… and never without a pretty/beautiful black female character in the film to tolerate the ridicule around her! Such repeated portrayal of characteristics of blacks in films face the possibility of creating self-fulfilling prophesies for their fans, gullible enough to imitate the characters, or they could even leave distasteful impressions about the filmmakers. I’ve got to agree that Tyler Perry’s Madea is not only “buffoonish”, but his Madea has become stale and too predictable, and no longer amusing to watch.

It’s easy to be tempted to ask whether so many black filmmakers, who have found success, are seeing self-gratification in making a laughing stock of the communities they have deserted!

To mention… the 2004 HBO film, Something the Lord Made, starring Mos Def with Gabrielle Union, Alan Rickman and Kyra Sedgwick, still remains fresh in my mind. Mos Def’s fabulous performance has left a beautiful mark in my memory, and his Vivian Thomas character is wonderfully impressive. Sadly, this film is a reminder that fascinating stories of black geniuses have shamefully been all cast aside, especially by so many black filmmakers.

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