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Tyler Perry's Good Deeds
Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

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Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton
Feb 24, 2012
PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Eddie Cibrian, Brian J. White, Jordenn Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Beverly Johnson, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy
Director: Tyler Perry
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 49 min.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Theater Release: Feb 24, 2012
DVD Release: Jun 12, 2012
Synopsis: A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has always done what's expected of him, whether it's assuming the helm of his father's company, tolerating his brother's misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancée, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley. This one good deed may finally spark his courage to exchange the life that's expected of him for the life he's always really wanted. -- (C) Lionsgate

Critic Reviews

  • Keith Uhlich, Time Out
    A ridiculously redemptive finale negates almost all of the preceding dramatic tension and resurrects a cloying Richard Marx chestnut to boot.
  • Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
    Whose life, Wesley asks in the movie's narration, is he living? Judging from all the sterile office and apartment space and his mile-long face, I'd say Bruce Willis's in "The Sixth Sense.''
  • Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
    There aren't a lot of laughs in "Good Deeds," and it could have used more of them.
  • Joe Leydon, Variety
    An otherwise unremarkable pic that takes what feels like a very long time to unwind a drearily predictable storyline.
  • David DeWitt, New York Times
    Good Deeds honors goodness, which isn't at all a bad thing, and it's not without moments of genuine feeling. But by the film's end, after watching a seemingly infinite number of dour close-ups of sober self-evaluation, I felt bludgeoned.
  • Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
    Good Deeds, with its Frank Capra-gone-Good Will Hunting title, is lucky to have Thandie Newton, easily the most gifted actress ever to have starred in a Tyler Perry movie.
  • Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
    Far more interesting in the context of his filmography than it is to actually watch.
  • Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
    Every Perry movie has its highs and lows. This time, the highs are a little higher, and the lows not quite so low.
  • Sam Adams, AV Club
    By Perry's standards, it's a high-toned production, which means it doesn't look as if were shot during downtime on a soap-opera set, but it's still as blurry as a fifth-generation copy.
  • Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
    Where's Madea when you need her?
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