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Film Review: The Single Moms Club


Written by Michael Dequina
12/ 04/14

TyleyPerrys_SingleMomsClubSeven years after giving single fathers a cinematic salute with Daddy’s Little Girls, Tyler Perry gives single mothers their due in The Single Moms Club.  After finding their common everyday stresses and struggles far outweigh their surface differences, a quintet of single mothers form a support group after a school incident involving their respective children forces them to work together on a project.  So far, so good, for Perry’s casting of the core five is spot-on.   Nia Long is her ever-grounded, ever-empathetic self; Cocoa Brown lends her trademark comic verve as well as some believable, world-weary vulnerability; Wendi McLendon-Covey amusingly plays the Type A career woman to the hilt; Amy Smart hits the right emotional notes of an overwhelmed recent divorcee; and Zulay Henao makes the most of the opportunity to more extensively show her softer and more serious sides.

single-moms-club-review-The natural and lively rapport that generates from the mix of these contrasting personalities holds both comedic and dramatic promise, but it ends up staying just that – promise, for the title not only succinctly sums up the basic premise, but the totality of Perry’s development of it.

Once the ladies, realizing just how much they do have in common, vow to help and support each other however they can, the whole message that single mothers, regardless of differences in background, are not alone and have a supportive sisterhood to turn to, is simply parroted ad nauseum, and often quite literally in some way-too-on-the-nose dialogue.  There is some variation in the women’s individual threads, which do have some charms to be savoured, most notably the crackling chemistry between Brown and an ever-comically-fearless Terry Crews as the relentless suitor she constantly rebuffs; and one sharply written exchange between Smart and her new handyman neighbour (Ryan Eggold) that is double entendre gold.  But the bright spots remain few when the five actresses’ game efforts ultimately at the service of  simplistic and predictable plotlines, not helped in Long’s case by the absence of chemistry with her designated love interest (not so convincingly filling the Perry-trademark idealized man role here is none other than… Perry himself), and, in the case of all five, by the obvious inexperience of the young actors playing their children.

the-single-moms-club-movie-still-7Most disappointing of all, though, is that Perry definitely has a workable idea and a number of ingredients in place for a fun but grounded and mature female driven-ensemble dramedy that inspires as well as entertains.  But he doesn’t take the necessary time to fully develop the stories in a sensible or satisfying way; much like in his last film, A Madea Christmas, the disparate plot lines lumber and meander until, with little to no build-up, tidily tying up in a most abrupt and unconvincing fashion in literally the final couple of minutes.

The famously prolific (and, given his multitude of multimedia interests, perhaps overextended) Perry has stated that will be his final feature film as a writer and director for the immediately foreseeable future, and any sort of breather from his heretofore breakneck pace is probably the much-needed remedy to renew his big screen creative wind.

Michael Dequina


Renaissance 2014 Black Movie Preview


By ReBecca Theodore-Vachon
Dec 27, 2013

black movies 2014

2013 was a win-win for Black cinema with both critically acclaimed movies (“12 Years A Slave,” “Fruitvale Station”) and in the box office (“Best Man Holiday,” “The Butler”).  Now that Hollywood has gotten the message that movies with casts of color are indeed profitable, 2014 promises more dramas, romantic comedies and action thrillers for Black moviegoers.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our most anticipated projects for 2014:

“Ride Along” Starring- Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter

UK Release Date: 07/03/2014

Fast-talking security guard Ben (Kevin Hart)  joins his cop brother-in-law James (Ice Cube)  on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela (Tika Sumpter), James’ sister.


“About Last Night”  Starring- Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart

UK Release Date: 21/03/14

New love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.


“Repentance” Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps

US Release Date: 02/28/2014

An earnest life-coach/author, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie), is mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, (Forest Whitaker) who delves into Thomas’ teachings and uses his spiritual messages of Karma – action and reaction (Vipaka), against him to terrorize him and his family for their past sins.


“The Single Moms Club” Starring: Nia Long, Tyler Perry, Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Terry Crews, Cocoa Brown

US Release Date: 03/14/2014

Brought together by a vandalism incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond, and create a support group that helps them find comedy in the obstacles of life.


“A Haunted House 2″ Starring: Marlon Wayans, Liana Mendoza, Dave Sheridan, Iva La’Shawn

US Release Date: 03/28/2014

Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans)  is starting fresh with his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.


“Belle” Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Susan Brown, Tom Coulston

UK Release Date: 13/06/2014

An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.


“Think Like A Man Too” Starring: Gabrielle Union, Megan Good, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco, Kevin Hart

Release Date: 19/09/2014

All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.



“Get On Up” Starring:  Chad Boseman, Tika Sumpter, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Jill Scott

US Release Date: 08/01/2014

A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.



“Addicted” Starring: Sharon Leal, Kat Graham, Boris Kodjoe, William Levy, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford

US Release Date: 09/05/2014

Based on Zane’s bestseller, a woman’s sex addiction threatens to ruin her family life.



“No Good Deed” Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson

US Release Date: 09/12/2014

A wife and mother of two (Taraji P. Henson), lives an ideal life that takes a turn when her family is threatened by a stranger who talks his way into her house, claiming car trouble. The unexpected invitation leaves her terrorized and fighting for survival.



“The Equalizer”
Starring – Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas

US Release Date: 09/26/2014

Denzel Washington and “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua reunite for their second feature. Washington plays a covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a CIA-like agency and puts a classified advertisement in the paper that reads simply: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer”



“Annie” Starring: Quevanzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Dorian Missick, Cameron Diaz, Tracie Thoms, Rose Byrne

US Release Date: December 19, 2014


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