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I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 September 2009 (USA)
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When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only ... See full summary »

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When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of Randy, her married boyfriend, April wants nothing to do with the kids. But her attitude begins to change when Sandino, a handsome Columbian immigrant looking for work, moves into April's basement room. Making amends for his own troubled past, Sandino challenges April to open her heart. And April soon realizes she must make the biggest choice of her life: between her old ways with Randy and the new possibilities of family, faith ... and even true love. Written by Lionsgate

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Hope is closer than you think.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking | See all certifications »

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Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,446,785, 13 September 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,733,921
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Trivia

Adam Rodriguez and Taraji P. Henson also played an on-screen couple on the TV series "Empire". See more »

Goofs

When Mary J Blige begins singing the title song she has on a red dress but after the scene returns from a flashback/cutover from Taraji P Henson, Mary is wearing a black and white beaded dress. See more »

Quotes

Madea: What's going on with you?
Jennifer: My grandma died.
Madea: Aw I'm sorry to hear that, baby.
Jennifer: My Aunt April's gonna send us back to foster care. They gonna separate us. I'm all Manny and Byron got. If we separate, I don't know what I'm gonna do.
[sobs]
Madea: Calm yourself down, honey. Calm down. Getting all worked up.
Jennifer: Can we stay with you?
Madea: Huh?
Jennifer: Nobody wants us!
Madea: That ain't true. Somebody wants you.
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Connections

Followed by A Madea Christmas (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tears of Pain
Written by Ruthie Foster
Performed by Ruthie Foster
Publishing by Bucknpony Publishing
Courtesy of Blue Corn Music
By Arrangement with Sugaroo!
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Its not the film that lacks heart it's the majority of reviewers....
29 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

First off it is a well known fact that Tyler Perry is a man of faith, and he stays true to that in the majority of his films. So when watching a movie and taking the time to critique it for others, is it fair to the population looking for advice on whether this movie is worth a watch or not to critique it from a biased standpoint? I absolutely do not, so in effort to be non- biased and neutral on the morals I choose to rate this movie based on what it should be rated on, the quality of the film.

All the actors in this movie had at least one moment worth mentioning (especially Henson)! Sure not every moment was incredible or Oscar worthy, but how many movies have you watched that received a 3.8 rating can you say...all actors had at least one moment of solid acting. None in my opinion.

This film revolves and thrives off of real life issues when living in inner city. Now if you have never experienced, or know little of, you may automatically under appreciated this film. What many people saw in this film as cliché were really moments Perry attempted to address those real life issues. Most movies you watch today are 2 hours of meaningless entertainment offering nothing more then a way to shut off your mind from life and leave the theater dumber then when you came it (not that that's not fun once in awhile). But what makes those films better then a film like this? Boldly Perry offers an acceptable mixture of heart, emotion, humor, and real life.

If your not interested in movies about life that will attempt to tug at your heart, without fear of showing the real side of an underprivileged and abusive life, then you will enjoy this film. If you prefer movies with meaningless entertainment, or humor then avoid this film.


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