Why Did I Get Married Too?

Why Did I Get Married Too? is a 2010 American comedy-drama film directed by Tyler Perry and starring Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Tasha Smith, Jill Scott, Louis Gossett Jr., Malik Yoba, Michael Jai White, Sharon Leal, Richard T. Jones, Lamman Rucker, and Cicely Tyson. Produced by Lionsgate and Tyler Perry Studios, it is the sequel to Why Did I Get Married? (2007).[2] The film shares the interactions of four couples who undertake a week-long retreat to improve their relationships.

Why Did I Get Married Too?
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTyler Perry
Screenplay byTyler Perry
Produced byTyler Perry
Reuben Cannon
StarringJanet Jackson
Jill Scott
Sharon Leal
Malik Yoba
Richard T. Jones
Tasha Smith
Lamman Rucker
Michael Jai White
Louis Gossett Jr.
Cicely Tyson
Tyler Perry
CinematographyToyomichi Kurita
Edited byMaysie Hoy
Music byAaron Zigman
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • April 2, 2010 (2010-04-02)
Running time
121 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$20 million[1]
Box office$60.7 million[1]

Plot edit

The four couples prepare for their next marriage retreat in the Bahamas. Sheila (Jill Scott) and her new husband, Troy (Lamman Rucker), are the first to arrive, followed (in order) by Patricia (Janet Jackson) and Gavin (Malik Yoba), Terry (Tyler Perry) and Dianne (Sharon Leal), and Angela (Tasha Smith) and Marcus (Michael Jai White). The men and the women separate to talk about the good and bad about their marriages. In a surprising twist, Sheila's ex-husband, Mike (Richard T. Jones), arrives, and Angela immediately starts a fight until he leaves the women alone to go see the guys. The guys and the girls are upset and annoyed that Mike is there, but they decide to let him stay.

That night, he talks about his and Sheila's relationship, which angers Troy. Dianne accidentally calls Terry "Phil" in the course of conversation. Angela is insistent about getting the password to Marcus' cell phone because she distrusts him, but Marcus distracts her using sex. Dianne and Terry hear arguing later and think it's Angela and Marcus, but it turns out to be Patricia and Gavin. When Dianne goes to investigate, she finds Patricia but cannot get her to tell her what's wrong. The next morning, Sheila makes it clear that, though Mike says he misses her, she is completely over him. At the beach, the women meet an elderly couple (Louis Gosset Jr. and Cicely Tyson) who have accidentally thrown a friend's ashes on Angela. Sheila invites them to dinner and they accept. At the "Why Did I Get Married?" ceremony, Patricia announces to the group that she and Gavin are getting a divorce, causing a distraught and angered Gavin to walk away from her, because he did not know she was going to announce it to them.

Back in Atlanta, Gavin and his lawyer meet Patricia with her lawyer, Dianne. Patricia and Gavin have decided to split everything down the middle in the settlement, but Gavin reveals that Patricia has not offered up the account containing her $850,000 book revenue. Patricia refuses to give Gavin any of her book money, but as she leaves, Gavin advises Dianne to tell Patricia to "prepare for a fight", as he intends to get half of that account as well. Meanwhile, Angela's neighbor tells her she's been hearing sexual noises from the house when Angela is not home. Angela believes Marcus is cheating and confronts him live on his television show, who then gives her his cell phone and password. Gavin comes home very drunk and confronts Patricia. He takes their son's baby photos and taunts her about her perceived lack of emotions, even about their divorce and their son's death, and then assaults her, douses her in vodka, then burns the photos.

Elsewhere, at Sheila's request, Mike agrees to help find Troy a job. Angela lectures Dianne and Sheila about how all men cheat. Patricia changes the locks and catches Gavin, Terry, and Marcus moving Gavin's things out, then learns Gavin has taken all their money, including her book money; enraged, Patricia trashes the house with his golf clubs. Angela comes home early to catch Marcus cheating and finds a couple in her bed, but after shooting up the room, she notices it was just the gardener and the maid having sex. Terry finally confronts Dianne about her infidelity; she reveals that she has been having an emotional affair and begs for forgiveness. Marcus and Angela fight, then reconcile, but only to fight again after Angela discovers Marcus has another phone. Troy arrives at Mike's apartment after finding out Mike got him his police job. After finding Sheila there, he angrily attacks Mike. Sheila tearfully confesses that she has been taking Mike to chemotherapy; she tries to apologize for being dishonest, but he leaves her.

The women go to Patricia's house to comfort her; they soon realize that they are ruining their marriages and lives with their constant selfishness, lies, dishonesty and inconsideration. The next day, Troy, himself, apologizes to Mike for the incident, who forgives him and invites Troy to have a drink with him and the guys, beginning a new friendship. Mike tells the men to fix their marriages because life is too short. Later that day, Gavin finds himself humiliated at his job, harassed, and told off by an angry Patricia; to make matters worse, he is then struck and gravely injured by an oncoming truck, much to Patricia's horror and shock. While the others wait to hear the status of his condition, a tearful and regretful Patricia instructs the wives to fix their marriages (such as Mike suggested to the husbands), and everyone makes up. Gavin's doctor shows up and informs them that he has died. The couples decided to have a memorial service for Gavin in the Bahamas.

One year later, as Patricia exits a university building she is approached by a colleague. She tells Patricia that she knows someone who wants to meet her, a philanthropist, but Patricia refuses. The professor goes on to tell her that she can at least say hi because the university needs funds. The man (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) tells her that her books have helped in his grieving process (divorce) and invites her to have coffee. The movie ends with Patricia smiling at him.

Cast edit

Production edit

A June 5, 2009, report stated that Janet Jackson would reprise her role as Patricia, making her the third confirmed cast member to reprise her role.[3] Due to Michael Jackson's sudden death, film production was halted for a short period of time, after which Jackson returned to continue with the project. On August 6, 2009, Jackson stated that she had finished filming her scenes.[4]

On June 16, 2009, Tyler Perry confirmed that the entire cast from the first film would return for the sequel.

Soundtrack edit

Janet Jackson recorded a song for the Why Did I Get Married Too? soundtrack entitled "Nothing". It served as the soundtrack's lead single. Also, Cameron Rafati's single "Battles" was featured in this film.[5] Norwegian Christel Alsos was also featured with the song "Still". The soundtrack for the film was released on So So Def Recordings with distribution being handled by Malaco Records.

Reception edit

Critical response edit

The film received mixed reviews from critics.[6] Based on 49 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating from critics of 27% with an average score of 4.60/10. The website's critical consensus states, "It's bolstered by a strong performance from Janet Jackson, but ultimately, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? doesn't add anything new to Perry's melodramatic formula."[7] Metacritic calculated an average score of 44/100, based on 12 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[8]

Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe gave the film 2½ out of 4 stars, claiming: "If Perry's cinematic vision remains less than 20/20, his sagacity gets stronger by the movie."[9] Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly graded the film a D, writing in her review: "It's a contradiction in terms to think of the phenomenally successful, prolific entertainment showman Tyler Perry as lazy, but there's no other description for this particular product: Terribly shot and crudely assembled."[10] Scott Wilson concurred, stating: "Why Did I Get Married Too? lacks the underlying goodwill of some of his better work and plays like a gift wrapped present to his detractors." Wilson graded the movie 1.5/5 stars.

Box office edit

Why Did I Get Married Too? grossed a total of $30.2 million in its opening weekend placing second behind Clash of the Titans. Its opening weekend gross makes it the third highest opening for films created by Tyler Perry.[11] As of June 6, 2010 the movie has grossed over $60 million domestically.[12]

Awards/nominations edit

NAACP Image Awards

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Louis Gossett Jr. and Jill Scott. Article at ReelzChannel. Retrieved on May 16, 2009
  3. ^ Article at Toya's World. Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  4. ^ @JanetJackson (August 6, 2009). "I just finished working on the film, "Why Did I Get Married Too." I'm looking forward to getting started on my new album!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "Jermaine Dupri Says New Janet Jackson Song is 'A Good Record' - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News". www.mtv.com. Archived from the original on February 22, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Why Did I Get Married Too Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Why Did I Get Married Too (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Home". CinemaScore. Retrieved October 3, 2022.
  9. ^ Morris, Wesley (April 3, 2010). "Tyler Perry's psychological mayhem cuts deep in 'Married' sequel". Boston Globe. Globe Newspaper Company. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  10. ^ Schwarzbaum, Liza (April 2, 2010). "Why Did I Get Married Too?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  11. ^ Tyler Perry Moviesat the Box Office - Box Office Mojo
  12. ^ Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010) - Box Office Mojo

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