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'Why Did I Get Married Too?' Better Question: Why Did Tyler Perry Make This Movie?

Tyler Perry follows up his best film, 2007’s Why Did I Get Married?, with his worst. This time, the four couples in various states of marital discord vacation not in Colorado but in the Bahamas — mainly so that Michael Jai White’s Marcus can remain shirtless — before resuming their buppie lives in Atlanta (the WDIGM films are the only ones in the Perry oeuvre that openly celebrate, rather than vilify, the bourgeoisie).

Where the original succeeded as an honest attempt to explore real adult problems within a fairly taut structure, the sequel stretches out its interminable 121 minutes — the amount of time it usually takes the impresario to release a new film — with endless reaction shots before the distended plot is resolved by shamefully lazy (even by Perry’s standards) interventions.

Fans of Janet Jackson, playing a psychologist married to Malik Yoba, the ensemble’s most talented performer, may get some insight into how she worked through her grief after Michael’s death (onscreen, a golf club comes in handy); I chuckled occasionally at the Madea-like outbursts of Tasha Smith’s virago: “Shove that down your fat-ass throat!” What’s not funny: Weird homophobic eruptions, like a flaming queen jumping out of a cake to “It’s Raining Men” as a feuding Jackson says to Yoba, “If you wanna be a bitch, there’s your man.”

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Melissa Anderson is the senior film critic at the Village Voice, for which she first began writing in 2000. Her work also appears in the publications of the Voice’s film partner, Voice Media Group: LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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