Tyler Perry released his first Rated R movie—Nobody’s Fool over the weekend—and I decided to check it out. Mainly because Tiffany Haddish is the best female comedian out right now.
The movie is about Danica (played by Tika Sumpter) dating a guy named Charlie online but has never met him before. Her sister Tanya (played by Tiffany Haddish) gets out of jail and finds out that her sister could possibly be getting catfished, so she decided to intervene and call Nev & Max from the show Catfish.
Of course, things didn’t add up…at the time, so Danica was feeling down. In between time. she goes to this coffee shop every morning before work to get her coffee and Frank, played by Omari Hardwick, is feeling her. Unfortunately, she’s not interested because she is somewhat high maintenance and she just sees him as a coffee shop owner.
She finally comes to her senses—gets with Frank—then the real Charlie shows up. Danica entertains him, and it turns out he was all that she was expecting. So, she has to win Frank back over, which she eventually did in the end.
Here comes the critique…
The story line was good, but the film was predictable, per many Tyler Perry films. Starting with Sumpter’s character, her acting wasn’t the best; maybe because I’m use to her playing the conniving role as Candace in The Have and The Have-Nots.
Yes, she’s played sweeter roles like Michelle Obama in Southside With You and Dolores in Sparkle; but in this role, I felt her acting could’ve been better and maybe Tyler Perry’s directing had something to do with it.
I loved Tiffany Haddish’s character. Some of her jokes were kind of forced but overall, I loved her role—especially more than Sumpter’s. Haddish’s role as Tanya was more realistic. She peeped that her sister could be getting catfished, so she took matters into her hand because she’s protective of her sister. When Danica was tripping and overlooking Frank potential, Tanya had to snap her out of it and let her know he was good dude.
Well That’s Awkward…
Since this was Perry’s first rated-R film, the sex scene between Sumpter and Hardwick was somewhat awkward, however, it was comedic. Not sure if it was meant to come off that way. From the laughter throughout the theater, I gather the audience also interpreted it in a humorous matter. I’m sure it was meant to be intimate and sexy and it was to a certain extent, still it could’ve been better.
I See What You Tried to Do…
In the movie, there’s a scene when Danica—her friend—and Tanya decide to find the guy who’s been catfishing her. They eventually end up in a trailer park and find the guy who they’re looking for.
It was Chris Rock, handicap, in a wheel chair, looking like his old character, Pookie in New Jack City. Yes, it was very random. Things got intense and Tanya (Haddish) lit his head on fire and realizes he wasn’t crippled!
I see what Tyler Perry tried to do with this scene. Add a funny twist to the movie by throwing a guest comedian in the film, but truthfully speaking, I could’ve done without it. It seemed like a reach.
Don’t get me wrong, Perry has made some great films, but they all seem to have a common story line or some kind of weird portrayal of women in them—a mean black woman, (Madea’s Big Happy Family, Madea Goes to Jail)—and cheating black woman (A Family That Preys, Temptation: Confessions of A Marriage Counselor).
Don’t get me wrong, he has some good ones like Single Moms Club, No Good Deed, and Why Did I Get Married Too.
Whoopi Goldberg plays Sumpter and Haddish’s mother, Lola in the film. Although, she had few lines—Goldberg played a chill, down to earth, hippy mother. She made it very clear that she didn’t want Tanya staying with her. Unfortunately, she lied to her daughter Danica, by telling her that she made a list of things she wanted in a man—and that Danica’s father was everything on the list.
Knowing this, Danica spent her life believing she needed to find everything on the list. Lola eventually told her she misled her which caused Danica to lower her standards—and be more open to her selection of men. Hence the reason she picked Frank in the end.
Overall, this was a decent film, I’d give it a B- or a C+.
It was predictable, still I if I were you, I would still support it because it’s a black film and Tiffany Haddish is funny AF!
If you’ve seen the film, comment your thoughts on it below!