The thing that made
There's no Madea here. But the women are beautiful, serious about clothes, makeup, hair and church.
Older women typically get the funny, sometimes profane, always "you-listen-to-me-child" lines. The men are shirtless, rapacious heels, or sensitive pretty-boy disappointments. That doesn't matter, as these movies are first and foremost "chick flicks" — sermonettes about relationships, deserving more and eventually getting it.
The women, I mean.
But "Temptation" is a cautionary tale about wanting what you haven't got. Marriage counselor Judith (
And the Internet tycoon who may invest in the marriage counselor's business? He (Robbie Jones) has money, confidence and "unsafe sex" written all over him. Meanwhile, the husband might be tempted by a secretive and cowering new cashier (
Perry clumsily frames this story as a tale a counselor (Candice Coke) tells a young woman who's thinking of cheating on her husband. The timing of the comic moments is off, and the film drags and drags before reaching a conclusion that's visible from a mile off.
The quartet of leads is blander than bland. The "Temptation" of the title is a come-on and a false promise. How "tempting" can a movie about cheating be if it has a
Casting Norwood, a vapid
But the filmmaker has points to make, about wealth and the allure of the new:
"There's nothing wrong with being rich and having nice things — so long as the nice things don't own you."
"We become a lot of different people before we settle into who we are."
With homilies like that, I expected Perry to get into the talk show/advice game, until