Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds
Film Reviewed by Kam Williams
CEO Torn between Employee and Fiancée in Tyler Perry Morality Play
Good Deeds 
In Theaters: Feb 24, 2012 Wide
PG-13, 2 hr. 9 min.
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By: Tyler Perry
Written By: Tyler Perry
Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has it all, or so it seems, between serving as CEO of a thriving family business and being engaged to a gorgeous realtor (Gabrielle Union) in a few months. He was appointed by his mother (Phylicia Rashad) over his hot-headed brother, Walter (Brian White), to replace their late father as head of Deeds Corporation, a computer software company headquartered in San Francisco.
But Wesley has spent most of his life trying to satisfy his mom, and he might be getting married in four months more to please the domineering matriarch than himself. Even his already-jaded fianc e, Natalie, finds her Momma’s Boy a tad too predictable, despite his being a great catch.
Then, while the couple is in the midst of putting the final touches on their elaborate wedding plans, a fly lands in the nuptial ointment in the person of a most-unlikely other woman. Lindsey Wakefield (Thandie Newton) is a single-mom living in a car with her 6 year-old daughter, Ariel (Jordenn Thompson).
She fell on hard times after her husband was killed in Iraq, when she had to drop out of nursing school and find a job. The only reason the homeless woman and wealthy Wesley happen to cross paths one day is because she’s the night janitor in his office building.
Gruff, ghetto girl Lindsey initially rubs her relatively-refined boss the wrong way. After all, she is definitely a little rough around the edges, and just not the class of female he’s accustomed to associating with.
However, the tension between the two starts to dissolve the night she offers to gives him a back massage while he’s burning the midnight oils at work. And upon hearing all the details of her pitiful plight, Wesley altruistically offers Lindsey and little Ariel a free apartment to stay in indefinitely.
Will this gallant knight-in-shining-armor develop deeper feelings for the grimy damsel-in-distress who subsequently cleans up so nicely, literally and figuratively? If so, will he be able to summon up the gumption to break off his engagement? Plus, there’s the little matter of his fast-approaching wedding day.
That dilemma is the issue confronted by the anguished protagonist of Good Deeds, the latest modern morality play written by, directed by and starring Tyler Perry. Avoiding his usual staples of comic relief courtesy of Madea and clownish support characters, Perry presents this sober soap opera in straightforward fashion.
Consequently, in the absence of his typical distractions, the story is not only perfectly plausible but remains refreshingly grounded in reality from start to finish. Along the way, veteran lead actors, Tyler, Thandie Newton and Gabrielle Union, generate a convincing chemistry guaranteed to keep you on edge right up to the surprising resolution of the unfortunate love triangle.
Another compelling, Tyler Perry parable delivering a priceless message about what really matters most.
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