|Tyler Perry's Temptation original movie poster (photo courtesy of movieinsider.com)
In the movie Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, Tyler Perry takes us through a seemingly predictable plot. The truth is, you're in for a big surprise. The movie is centered around the main character, "Judith" (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) who is a college graduate that always dreamed of becoming a marriage counselor. However, she finds herself working as a consultant for a dating service. Although Judith is married to her childhood sweetheart "Brice"(Lance Gross), she is seduced by a rich man named "Harley" (Robbie Jones). She ignores the warnings by her boss "Janice"(Vanessa Williams) and her mother Ella Joyce, and indulges in the temptation of Harley. As a result, she finds herself dealing with irreversible consequences.
I really enjoyed this movie for a number of reasons.The cast wasn't just a group of well-known actors and actresses; they could all act. They also seemed to have great chemistry. Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Lance Gross did an amazing job. I thought singer/actress, Brandy Norwood did a very good job also. Her character was very believable. Actress Renee Taylor provided much needed comic relief. I even liked Kim Kardashian's role as "Ava". She wasn't bad at all.
In addition, I loved Tyler Perry's acknowledgement of the problem that many recent college graduates face. College graduates often enter the work world, but they may not enter the career of their dreams, immediately. Depending upon the person and their circumstance, they may find themselves in the same place as Jurnee Smollett's character, where they're working just to pay the bills. Later on, they may enter the career they desire. I think a lot of people, including myself can relate to that aspect of the movie.
The movie reminded me a lot of the movies, "Why Did I get Married Too" and "For Colored Girls" because it dealt with the issue of infidelity and its consequences. I love the fact that Tyler Perry is not afraid to portray those issues on screen. I believe his audience learns from the portrayals. I also like the existence of God in the movie, through the characters. In this case, it was Judith's mother. I like the fact that Perry can move from one end of the spectrum to another. He can produce his funny Madea movies, and then do a serious movie like Temptation. Job well done Perry!
Other things that I liked about the movie was the set design. The designs seemed to really portray the moods in the movie. There were also a few scenes where places around New Orleans were highlighted. I thought it was a great move by Perry to bring the audience back to the jazzy New Orleans in which many of us are familiar.
Tyler Perry's movie, "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" kept me on the edge of my seat. The cast consisted of very talented individuals who came together to portray the consequences of falling into "temptations". The movie starts a few conversations that need to be had in our communities. Go see it!
Have you seen the movie, Temptation? If so, what did you think of the movie?