by Ada Mbogu
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Tyler Perry has done it again. And this time the forbidden fruit doesn’t taste so sweet. Perry’s new film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor portrays a dismal performance on the deep-rooted issues of marital affairs, lies and deceit.
The films shares the story of Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and her husband Brice (Lance Gross)- a seemingly happy couple, who’ve been together since they were love-struck kids at a farm in the South and flirting against the wishes of Judith’s scripture- quoting and God fearing mother (Ella Joyce). After getting married, the newlyweds move to the fast paced city of Washington D.C. where they begin their careers. Brice is content on being a humble pharmacist at the local drug store while the more ambitious Judith lands a gig at a high-end millionaire matchmaker service as a relationship counselor, where she bumps heads with her superficial and materialistic co-worker Ava (Kim Kardashian) and her cartoonish and cougar like boss who insists on speaking with a phony French Accent (Vanessa Williams).
Then one day, a suave tech millionaire named Harley (Robbie Jones) comes into Judith’s office and relentlessly pursues her, flashing his ridiculous wealth and even more ridiculous abs.
Plain-vanilla Brice back home didn’t stand a chance against the incredible Harley and based on the title of the film, we all know who Judith took a bite out of. But geez, it took a long time to get to climax of the film.
Although the film, captured how deep someone can go while being in a mind-bending affair, each scene was so predictable that you can almost finish the actor’s lines for them or come up with something better for them to say.
A few wild, third-act twists give Perry’s middling melodrama some soap-opera kick. But all the finger-wagging sure does get tiring after a while.