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Review: Tyler Perry disappoints with ‘The Single Mom’s Club’

Tyler Perry’s “The Single Moms Club” had me asking myself one question: why am I not surprised these moms are single?

“The Single Moms Club” was released Friday, March 14, and turned out to be a 111-minute, PG13, unrealistic and cheesy drama. Perry’s script included enough cliché dialogue to kill any comedic intent.

The group of single mothers in the film meets when they’re called into a school meeting concerning their children’s wild behavior that includes smoking cigarettes and spraying graffiti on campus. The single moms are reprimanded for their kids’ behavior, which makes absolutely no sense. Maybe Perry intended to send the message that the mothers were neglectful, or maybe he got lazy with the script. Either way, the mothers are forced to arrange a school fundraiser as punishment.

Instead of simply planning the fundraiser and speeding up the painful plot twists, the mothers transform their planning time into female bonding sessions accompanied by an infinite amount of gossip and wine.

I had hopes that the characters could save the film, but even they were stereotypical, not to mention copy and pasted from some of our favorite female series, like “Sex and the City” or “Desperate Housewives.”

MCT Photo May (Nia Long, from left), Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Esperanza (Zulay Henao), and Lytia (Cocoa Brown) star in Tyler Perry's, "The Single Moms Club."

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May (Nia Long, from left), Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Esperanza (Zulay Henao) and Lytia (Cocoa Brown) star in Tyler Perry’s, “The Single Moms Club.”

Hillary (Amy Smart) is affluent but facing limited resources amid divorce.

Since she has neglected caring for her children since birth, the ditzy mother is clueless and losing an untried battle for child support and alimony.

Esperanza (Zulay Henao) is a flawless Latina controlled by her husband and forced into a “traditional” mother lifestyle. I never recall my mother frolicking around in clothes two sizes to small. I also never recall her blatantly ignoring me.

Lytia (Cocoa Brown) is a stereotypical African American woman with enough sass to put anyone back in line. She has two kids in jail and is about as far left on the scale as Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is right.

Jan is a business executive who doesn’t have time to deal with anyone or anything unrelated to her career. It comes as no surprised that she’s constantly moody and forgets about her family.

May (Nia Long) is a writer and possibly the only mother who has a minute to spare for her children. Props to her for sparing us a slice of realism.

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