CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club.
Tyler Perry – the prolific filmmaker — is back with another play it safe comedy with a heart.
In The Single Moms Club, we find five single mothers from very different backgrounds pulled together to spearhead a project thanks to the misbehavior of their middle schoolers. Here’s how they break down:
Nia Long plays MAY — a single mom raising her son without the drug addict father. Wendi McCLendon-Covey is Jan — a career obsessed mom raising her daughter — fathered through a sperm bank because she believed she could have it all without a man. Amy Smart plays Hilary — a single stay at home mom of three — including a baby — who was left by her husband and in an ugly divorce and has to fire her housekeeper. Zulay Henao is Esperanza — a single stay at home mom used to a lavish lifestyle and now hiding a boyfriend in order to keep the alimony. And Cocoa Brown plays Lytia — a single mom living in the projects with two grown boys doing 25 years in jail and raising three more kids under the age of 12.
Working on a school fundraiser is what brings them together, but soon enough… All five of the unlikely group figure out how they can support each other in trying to do the best they can as single moms… and that is through the single moms club.
They begin to date and branch out of their comfort zones, their confidence builds and the friendship grows. Of course all relationships must hit rough waters… and the single moms club is tested.
With the exception of Brown and sometimes Long, the acting from the women is fairly stale and unpushed. In fact it felt more like a sitcom than a feature film most of the time… The cuts between shots were uninspired and left many of the jokes or set up lines hanging far too long for them to have an impact. That speaks largely to the directing, though.
On the male star side of things — the film also features Ryan Eggold, Terry Crews, William Levy and Eddie Cibrian… not to mention, as expected — Tyler Perry. Most of them struggle and seem almost uncomfortable in some scenes, as if they are waiting from someone to yell cut so they can try it again. Except for Perry — because he can call cut whenever he wants to. Perry continues to struggle to grow as an actor. But his films seem no worse for the wear with his core audience.
There are some funny moments and touching scenes that I could identify with as a single mom. But you don’t have to be a single mom to get the dilemma of the women in the film and the many out there that the film represents.
I love the idea of the single moms club and hope it inspires similar things to spout up across the country. I’m sure that it could quickly be churned out as a sitcom or reality show from Perry’s Atlanta production studios. But as a movie, the script, dialogue and directing struggled to find a rhythm. I frequently found myself wanting to leave the club.
TWO OUT OF FIVE COOKIES.