Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 111 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. One of the weirdest things about this movie is its treatment toward the titular single mothers: most characters are shocked by and look down upon them, but the woman themselves we’re supposed to like, but then they all get paired off with men at the end. So what are we really supposed to think about the independence of these women? Otherwise, lots of sexually themed jokes, talk, and some kissing; some cursing and racism-themed jokes; adults drinking and men smoking cigars; and discussion of absentee dads and emotional abandonment.
Tyler Perry is at it again with ‘The Single Moms Club,’ about a group of women of varying races and classes who come together in friendship. Too bad Perry doesn’t seem to actually know anything about how women interact with each other—this movie is defined by its lack of nuance.
By Roxana Hadadi
Tyler Perry doesn’t seem to be slowing down any, but maybe he should. The man behind Madea branches out of that comfort zone with “The Single Moms Club,” in which his elderly, female alter-ego makes nary an appearance. But just because Perry dresses up as a woman sometimes doesn’t mean he actually understands them, and “The Single Moms Club” suffers from skewed messaging that seems to say, “Women can have it all—as long as that includes a man.”