Why Did I Get Married Too?

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Why Did I Get Married Too?
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Directed by Tyler Perry
Produced by Tyler Perry
Reuben Cannon
Screenplay by Tyler Perry
Starring Janet Jackson
Tyler Perry
Tasha Smith
Jill Scott
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Malik Yoba
Michael Jai White
Sharon Leal
Richard T. Jones
Lamman Rucker
Cicely Tyson
Music by Aaron Zigman
Editing by Maysie Hoy
Studio Tyler Perry Studios
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release dates
  • April 2, 2010 (2010-04-02)
Running time 121 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[1]
Box office $60,095,852[1]

Why Did I Get Married Too? is a 2010 American comedy-drama film produced by Lionsgate and Tyler Perry Studios and stars Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, and Tasha Smith. 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.

Plot[edit]

The four couples prepare for their next marriage retreat, in the Bahamas. Sheila and her new husband, Troy, are the first to arrive, followed (in order) by Patricia and Gavin, Terry and Dianne, and Angela and Marcus. 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, arrives, and Angela immediately starts a fight until he leaves the women alone to go see the guys.

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 Patricia 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 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 an upset 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 Patricia leaves, Gavin advises Dianne to tell Patricia to "prepare for a fight", as he intends to get half of that account as well. 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. He 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 Gavin's golf clubs. Angela comes home early to catch Marcus cheating and finds a couple in her bed, but after shooting up the room notices it was just the gardener and the maid having sex. Terry finally confronts Dianne about her infidelity; she reveals she has been having an emotional affair. 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 and apologizes for not being honest. Troy later 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.

The next day, Gavin finds himself humiliated at his job, harassed, and told off by an angry Patricia; he is then struck and gravely injured by a truck. 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 surgeon sadly informs them that he has died. A memorial service is later held by all the remaining couples, and Terry, Troy, and Marcus fly off candlelit kites to commemorate Gavin's passing. A now-widowed Patricia goes through her own healing process, and a man named Daniel Franklin, who says that her books helped him get through a tough divorce, asks her out for coffee. She agrees and smiles as the film ends.

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.

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics.[5] Based on 43 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating from critics of 28% with an average score of 4.5/10.[6] By comparison, Metacritic calculated an average score of 44%, based on 12 reviews.[5]

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."[7] 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."[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] As of June 6, 2010 the movie has grossed over $60 million domestically.[11]

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.[12] Norwegian Christel Alsos was also featured with the song "Still".

Awards/Nominations[edit]

NAACP Image Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Louis Gossett, Jr. and Jill Scott./movie-news/2891/tyler-perry-and-lionsgate-full-speed-ahead-on-the-cashing-in Article at ReelzChannel Retrieved on May 16, 2009
  3. ^ Article at Toya's World. Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  4. ^ Twitter post @JanetJackson Retrieved on August 18, 2009
  5. ^ a b "Why Did I Get Married Too (2010): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster, Inc. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  7. ^ Morris, Wesley (April 3, 2010). "Tyler Perry’s psychological mayhem cuts deep in ‘Married’ sequel". Boston Globe (Globe Newspaper Company). Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  8. ^ Schwarzbaum, Liza (April 2, 2010). "Why Did I Get Married Too?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Scott. "Movie Review: Why Did I Get Married Too?". Planet Ill. Planet Ill Media. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  10. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/franchises/chart/?id=tylerperry.htm
  11. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=whydidigetmarriedtoo.htm
  12. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1632205/20100218/dupri_jermaine.jhtml

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