Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself

4.51 h 53 min2009X-Ray16+
HD. Madea turns over three juvenile delinquent siblings to their only relative: a boozy nightclub singer who wants nothing to do with them.
Tyler Perry
Taraji P. HensonAdam RodriguezBrian White
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Mary J. BligeGladys KnightMarvin WinansTyler Perry
Tyler PerryReuben Cannon
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.8 out of 5 stars

3524 global ratings

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great messages and themes about love
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So goooood!!! Great messages and themes about love, compassion and understanding, family, choice, healing from wounds/traumas/samskaras, and the ability and willingness to know when it's time to make a big change. AMAZING singing, and fantastic acting, especially by Taraji Henson (lead character, April) and Hope Wilson (Jennifer, her 16-year-old niece). I'm very surprised this movie only has 4.3 on imdb---it should be much higher. Perhaps the beginning is hard for some to get through if they don't understand Tyler Perry's humor and may be averse to the "attitudes," but I thought it had a good balance of comedy peppered throughout the deeper aspects, also with inspiring and heartwarming moments. Absolutely loved it!
14 people found this helpful
Wendy MyersReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Uplifting & Inspirational
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Full of real life type of family drama with a positive moral lesson and bent. Funny with Tyler Perry of course and his brother and some great vocals in this movie. Downside - I resent the implication that living alone is "selfish" and noticed how many people in this movie seemed to shame the main character because she lived up in that "big old house" all herself and didn't want to raise her sister's kids. It is one thing to be truthful and have compassion for these kids but another to shame someone because they might just know themselves all to well and their need to live alone and hence realize, they would not make a very good caretaker. It can hurt but it does not means she doesn't care just because she doesn't take in the kids. I thought single and singles living alone shaming/judging was in the past but I guess it is still going on...although this move was made over 8 years ago.
10 people found this helpful
Keon Shere' McIntoshReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of Taraji's best roles
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One of Tyler Perry's best roles & one of Taraji P. Henson's best performances. Taraji stars April-a nightclub singer who's sleeping with a married man that takes care of all the bills. Well, she has a niece & 2 nephews that get in trouble breaking in Madea's house & must pay off the debt they owe. The kids stay with April's mom but haven't heard from her in a few days. So Madea takes them to their closest relative, April who hates kids with a passion & only cares about herself. That all changes when April gets word from the pastor (Mario Winans) that her mom passed away one day on the bus from a brain aneurysm. Hurt by the recent tragedy & torn between her own selfish ways & doing the right things for the kids, she eventually moves the kids into her house for good & learns how to love & care for other in the process. It's a very heartfelt message as only Tyler Perry could bring to the table & no one could be more believable playing this role than Taraji P. Henson.
8 people found this helpful
Kristina Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Loved it
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i loved it. So inspiring and heartfelt! the music and the actors together....
powerful and amazing beautiful women in this movie. Sometimes sweet& funny.
The young woman playing the niece....
Hope Olaide Wilson---- wow, wonderful young actress. i bet she will go on to make other great movies and become famous too.
Adam rodriguez is so handsome and real and beautiful soul, and i loved the connection and chemistry between him& Taraji !
Tyler Perry is pretty cute when he thinks he's funny, u gotta love him, even tho he's no eddie murphy doing the klumps at dinner!
7 people found this helpful
GibsReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Oh, man, where to begin...
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This was my first introduction to the Madea movies. Instant fan. The total lack of PC is so refreshing. The acting is great. Moral stories with spot on advice, yet never come across as preachy. Most of all, I laugh so hard it hurts and I can't breathe when it's not bringing a tear to my eye. Gladys Knight is a legend, 'nuff said. The title song by Mary J. Blige is such a great arrangement, and her vocals are so incredible, heartfelt and full of soul it gives me goosebumps, especially the lyrics of the chorus. I love all the characters in all the movies, but thank you most of all to Tyler Perry for creating and sharing these gems that come straight from your beautiful heart.
4 people found this helpful
MiaReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tears WILL flow
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Sobbed off and on this WHOLE movie!!! Madea's Bible Stories gave me a good chuckle though.
Now Tyler Perry has me out here praying for my Sandino to come along ahahaha in all seriousness though, the love story subplot was authentic, sweet, and not overdramatic. I miss movies like this.
13 people found this helpful
PeaBrain BubblybuttReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Madea knows all about the disciplines. You'll learnt sumthin, too....
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I think Tyler Perry's Madea is hilariousness. The abused woman, gathering courage ones, and the plays. NOT "Why Did I Get Married"! (More like Why Do These Married People Bitch n Moan Throughout This Whole Movie")... And Gladys Knight is STILL the one voice that gives me goosebumps EVERY time I hear her sing. It's nice to watch good people get through to troubled souls, through faith, good script or whatever bites your bippy.
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AdamReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tyler Perry Never Disappoints! A good, soul-stirring movie.
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Both productions, the play and movie of this title are great, but the movie is by far my personal favorite!! From the plot theme to the music and cast, you can't go wrong on this movie. Great inspirational film, as always, deals with the darker side of life but brings a message of hope that we don't have to stay in our circumstances, but can be changed into something better because of them! Not preachy but very uplifting with life lessons that entertain as well as teach but triumphant in the end.
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