Tyler Perrython: 15 Tyler Perry Productions Watched, Graded + Ranked

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Ahead of the release of The Single Moms Club, a film written, directed, produced by and starring Tyler Perry, we thought it was worthwhile looking back on all the Tyler Perry Productions (TPP) that came before it. In total, Perry has produced 16 films (including SMC) from the ongoing Madea franchise to stand-alones, such as Temptation and Why Did I Get Married? All of the films have been met with varying degrees of praise and success. But who has actually sat down and watched all of them? Inspired by that question, I decided to review all of Perry’s film in order to grade and rank each film.

To see how they fall in order (from worst to best), flip through the gallery above. For a more in-depth, critical analysis keep on reading!

(Warning: The films were not watched in order of release. In fact, if watched in order of release there was clearly a thread among the Madea movies and a noticeable uptick in writing and production by Perry.)

I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Adam Rodriguez, Mary J. Blige, Gladys Knight, Tyler Perry

When starting the Tyler Perrython, I debated going in order of when each TPP came out in theaters but opted to dive somewhere in the middle. That and Netflix was streaming only a handful of films. A Taraji P. Henson-led film seemed like the best place to start.

Henson played a single-note alcoholic who was forced to take her niece and nephews in after the disappearance of their grandmother. What’s unclear was what happened to the sister (the mom), the grandmother (who later died) or how the kids end up at Madea’s house. But they did and the movie kept on going. Alex Rodriguez also moved in and Mary J. Blige and Gladys Knight showed up to sing some songs.

The best scene in this movie was when Henson’s character threatens to electrocute her no-good boyfriend by slowly dropping a radio into his bath. It truly was inspired and gasp-worthy as hell.

Grade: B-

Madea’s Witness Protection (2012)

Starring: Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Romeo Miller, Doris Roberts

I was excited to discover Denise Richards was part of the cast so I started Google Image searching “Denise Richards,” which led me down a rabbit hole. Eventually I searched for her most iconic role. No, not her turn as a nuclear physicist in The World Is Not Enough, but Carmen in Starship Troopers. Anyway, the search resulted in a gem of a photo of Neil Patrick Harris as Carl and considering what he looks like on the current issue of Out magazine, it does get better.

Grade: D minus E-N-I-S-E

Madea Goes to Jail (2009)

Starring: Tyler Perry, Keshia Knight Pulliam (aka Rudy Huxtable!!!!), Derek Luke, Ion Overman, Viola Davis, Sofía Vergara

I fell asleep after ten minutes. No time to re-watch. According to Wikipedia, Ion Overman’s character “did it.” Fun fact: Perry followed his turn as Madea with that role in Star Trek, easily the best film he has ever starred in.

Grade: No grade.

Good Deeds (2012)

Starring: Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian White, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, Phylicia Rashad, Gabrielle Union

For as much as I wanted to dislike Thandie Newton in this film, I found myself drawn into her. But I also became increasingly angry. I wanted to get her agent on the phone and conduct career rehab. The actress deserves so much better than the roles she gets. 2012 anyone? I really love sexy, fierce and powerful Newton. Just throwing this out there but I would love to see her in a James Bond flick. She could have done wonders with the past two films.

Grade: B

Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)

First you have to watch the trailer. It is ah-mazing.

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