Rated - PG-13
2 OUT OF 5 POPCORN BAGS
WILSON MORALES SAYS:
When you’re watching a Tyler Perry film, at times he presents a fantasy melodrama world. Either
the lead character is a poor individual who meets Mr. Right with issues, or the character is
successful in life but unhappy. At the heart of his films is the subject of morality. In this latest film,
‘Tyler Perry’s Temptation,’ not even the stunt casting of reality star Kim Kardashian can improve
this bloated, soulless and unexciting novella.
Based on his stage play ‘Confessions of a Marriage Counselor,’ ‘Temptation’ starts of with a
counselor (Candice Coke) guessing that her latest client is going through the same infidelity
problems a friend of hers once went through. She then narrates the tale of Judith (Jurnee
Smollett-Bell), who at a young age and living somewhere in the mid-West, grew up and married
her childhood sweetheart Brice (Lance Gross). Initially reluctant of their relationship before
softening up and giving them her blessing is Judith’s Christian mom (Ella Joyce).
As the lovely couple embark on new endeavors while moving to D.C, Brice figures it will be over a
decade before Judith fulfills her quest in being a marriage counselor while he works his way up
to be a pharmacist. In the meantime, Judith takes a job working at a dating service and has to put
up with overbearing co-worker (Kim Kardashian) and her French boss (Vanessa Williams).
While Judith grows impatient on her long term goals, Brice seems to be in a comfort zone at his
job and even lends support to a new cashier (Brandy Norwood), who’s going through her
Things seems for the couple once the arrival of internet guru Harley shows up at the dating
service look to possibly invest in the company. With Judith’s help, night and day, not only is
Harley’s exotic and fantastic lifestyle becoming appealing to Judith, but it starts to put a strain in
When there’s no Madea present in his films, Perry has the need to throw everything but the
kitchen in order to satisfy his fans. Not only is the film slow-moving and filled with a plot that’s
convoluted, but the performances given by the actors are so stiff that Kim Kardashian and Renee
Taylor stand out among the highlights.
While much had been made about Perry casting the reality princess in his film, she’s actually the
spark of the film. There’s no need for her to give up her day, but Kim is being Kim in the film, and
that’s a compliment. Renee Taylor takes the comic relief prize in the film, just like Doris Roberts
did in ‘Madea’s Witness Protection.’ Vanessa Williams fails at attempting to outdo her ‘Ugly Betty’
role with an ridiculous French accent.
As far as the three leads are concerned, their performances were so dull that not even the sex
scenes, or lack of it, was exciting to move this film to another level. There have been plenty of
films where the country girl moves to the city and her life changes; but Perry goes out in the last
act with an extravagant storytelling that soap opera producers would be proud of. There’s always
a victim in his most of his films, but there’s not much for audiences to root for when the writing
lets the characters down.
There’s usually an underlying message in Perry’s films that people can walk with and be
pleased, especially for his loyal fans; but the one presented in ‘Temptation’ may not be the one
that will entice them to spread the word.
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Lance Gross and Jurnee Smollett-Bell