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Tyler Perry’s latest film “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” stars a cast of fresh and familiar faces. An underlying theme to the film is the fashion of lead character Judith who is played by Jurnee Smollett -Bell. You will remember her from Eve’s Bayou, The Cosby Show and Full House. Not only was Jurnee’s acting excellent but her style in the film at moments reflected her own superb personal style. You can see Jurnee is not afraid to dazzle from the strapless purple gown she wore to the film’s premiere created by designer Pamella Rowland. The style portion of the film follows Jurnee’s character Judith from small town fashion novice to a big city fashionista.

 

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 The catalyst for Judith’s style swap is none other than co-star and reality TV personality Kim Kardashian. As expected Kim’s character stayed dressed to impress in Hervé Léger and other top-notch designers. But this was expected of Kim who as of late has been surprisingly struggling to find maternity wear that suits her. At the premiere of this film I believe Kim finally hit the right note with a beautiful custom-made black lace, empire waist gown.

Kim_KardashianI must say that both Robbie Jones and Lance Gross bring their fashion A-game on and off the screen. There is nothing more fashionable to me on a man than a well-tailored suit. Robbie who plays the tempter, Harley, stayed suited up throughout the film. Lance who we have seen in a few Tyler Perry productions played Judith’s husband. He was a pharmacist so his style was confined to lab coats and plaid during the film. But just to remind everyone how dashing he can look he wore a baby blue Tom Ford suit to the film’s premiere. The entire cast’s style including director Tyler Perry gets an A+ from me as they made the publicity rounds.

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Until next time....Grace

 

Film Review...

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Say what you want about Tyler Perry films but numbers cannot lie. This opening weekend of “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” brought in over an estimated $22 million dollars in box office sales and landed the film in the number 3 spot overall. I heard buzz both negative and positive about the film before seeing it for myself. Mostly critics scoffed at the over dramatization and lack of character development while audiences recommend the film. What is it about Tyler Perry that polarizes critics and movie-goers alike? I believe it is the fact that Tyler Perry is not comfortable just telling a story but he is driven with a moral compass and a lesson must be learned. He said it himself that he feels it is his “responsibility” as a film-maker “to provoke thought.” This is something he has consistently done from the stage to the silver screen. This particular film is about what happens when you make poor choices. The issues in the film like temptation, betrayal, neglect, deceit, and getting “too comfortable” in a relationship are universal and relatable. I believe it was a calculated move by Tyler Perry to cast such a young attractive group of people including Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Robbie Jones, Lance Gross, Brandy Norwood, and Kim Kardashian to tell this story.

 

This story is of a young woman Judith (Jurnee Smollet-Bell) who was raised in the south and married her childhood sweetheart Bryce (Lance Gross). As a couple they moved to the “big city” of Washington D.C. where they plan to pursue their career goals. Judith begins to feel unfulfilled with her career and marriage and that is where the saga of temptation and infidelity begins. The subject matter was spot on. Yet, somehow the trailer for the film which was very racy and intriguing was a far cry from where the film ended up taking me. I will say that being familiar with Perry’s style of writing for plays allows me to view his films understanding his foundation of theater. Perhaps it was because my expectations were so high but I struggled a little with the overwhelming amount of plot twists.Towards the end of the film so much had happened in so little time that all I could do was recall similiar twists in some of Perry’s previous work.

 

In terms of the acting I truly felt that this was a dynamite cast of actors. It is important for me to like all characters at some point whether they turn out to be the hero, villian, or John Doe with 2 lines. Perry accomplished this without relying on the comedy we are accustomed to getting from him. I find the criticism of the casting very funny and wholeheartdly agree with Perry’s choice of Kim Kardashian as the assistant. Not only is Tyler Perry a storyteller, he is also a business man and who better to play the role than a young relevant fashionista with 17 million followers on twitter? If nothing else Tyler Perry knows how to bring people to the box office. Even though I think this is one of the more interesting subject matters Perry has taken on I don’t think this is his best film. I believe the best is yet to come and look forward to it.

 

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