2010 American comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Tyler Perry, and a sequel to his 2007 film “Why Did I Get Married?”. The film features an ensemble cast, including Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Malik Yoba, and Perry himself, and continues the stories of four couples who reunite for another marriage retreat, this time in the Bahamas. The film explores the aftermath of the previous film’s events and introduces new conflicts and revelations. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $60 million worldwide, and received mixed reviews from critics. In this article, we will examine the themes, characters, and production of “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, and discuss its cultural significance and impact.
The film takes place two years after the events of the previous film, and follows the same four couples: Patricia (Janet Jackson) and Gavin (Malik Yoba), Terry (Tyler Perry) and Diane (Sharon Leal), Angela (Tasha Smith) and Marcus (Michael Jai White), and Sheila (Jill Scott) and Troy (Lamman Rucker), her new boyfriend. The couples have different issues and goals, such as Patricia’s career crisis, Terry’s guilt over his friend’s death, Angela’s distrust of Marcus, and Sheila’s struggle with fidelity. The film also introduces new characters, such as Troy’s ex-wife, Trina (Denise Boutte), and Mike’s old friend, Sheila’s former flame, and now a famous writer, Troy (Louis Gossett Jr.). The climax of the film involves a hurricane and a revelation that affects all the characters.
Themes and Characters
“Why Did I Get Married Too?” deals with several themes that are similar to the previous film, but also explores new ones. Some of the main themes include:
- Marriage and Infidelity: The film continues to explore the challenges and joys of marriage, as well as the consequences of infidelity. The characters face new temptations and conflicts, such as Troy’s advances towards Sheila, Trina’s manipulations of Troy, and Mike’s attraction to another woman. The film also examines the aftermath of the previous film’s infidelity revelation, and how it has affected the characters’ trust and intimacy.
- Family and Identity: The film also delves into issues of family and identity, as some of the characters face new challenges and changes in their personal lives. For example, Terry and Diane struggle with infertility and adoption, while Sheila tries to balance her loyalty to her friends and her new relationship with Troy. The film also touches upon issues of sexuality and gender identity, as one of the characters comes out as gay.
- Forgiveness and Healing: The film also emphasizes the themes of forgiveness and healing, as the characters confront their past mistakes and learn to move on. The film shows how the characters support each other through their struggles and conflicts, and how they find hope and renewal in their relationships and faith.
Production and Reception
“Why Did I Get Married Too?” was also produced by Lionsgate Films, and written, directed, and produced by Tyler Perry, who also starred in the film as Terry. The film was shot in various locations in the Bahamas and Georgia, and features a soundtrack that includes songs by Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, and Kelly Price. The film was released on April 2, 2010, and grossed over $29 million in its opening weekend. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its performances and themes, while others criticizing its melodramatic plot and clichéd dialogue. The film currently has a rating of 30% on Rotten Tomatoes