I'll start with the good: lots of sistahs, some good music, and several hilarious moments. Like...really.
However, the theme of needing a man and children continues (spoiler: although...I was very proud of Tamala Jones's character when she decided to adopt her own damn baby after divorcing her husband).
The woman who doesn't want kids (Jill Marie Jones) is shown as being selfish, constantly drunk, and totally irresponsible.
Then there's that tasteless crack where Meagan Good's character jokes about formerly being a man.
And then there's a church, and some gospel-sounding music.
On the one hand, I am genuinely enjoying this, and I'm enjoying the vast list to choose from. I'm seeing some faces again and again, which reinforces the theory that a lot of these people got together to form their own mini-Hollywood. The quality of filming and scoring continues to improve, which is always awesome. And the humor in most of these films really is on point. Wendy Raquel Robinson and Mike Epps had me rolling for half the film. Kevin Hart never fails to make me laugh, and the scene where Nicole Ari Parker finds herself chillin' with Crips while wearing a reddish dress was pretty funny (it leads to an "altercation").
But on the other hand, I'm seeing similar plots rehashed over and over again; similar elements which reinforce a very narrow and stereotypical idea of Blackness in America. News flash: we don't all get left for a white girl. The fact that some of us don't want kids doesn't mean something's "wrong" with us or that we're irresponsible. We're not all stressing over being married. And we're not all Christians.
So where are the films for the rest of us?
|Nicole Ari Parker in a pretty funny role as the "tall-as-hell" woman|
|Meagan Good, unable to take a bad picture (as usual)|
|Jill Marie Jones...always a pleasure|
|Tamala Jones - my girl!!!!|