Verdict: 3 / 5
‘The Singles Moms Club’ is definitely an upgrade on previous Tyler Perry films. This inspirational motherhood comedy brings together five women from different backgrounds that share a common thread: The difficulty of single motherhood.
The film is on the edge of being good, but unfortunately the premise is far from unique and the plot extremely predictable. The story follows five single mothers that have to plan the schools fundraiser event, because their children were all caught violating various school rules and the school board is threatening to expel them. The mothers are forced to plan the fundraiser in an effort to redeem their children’s bad behaviour. Each woman has a unique past. Hillary (Amy Smart) is recovering from a nasty divorce and hasn’t come to terms with life as a single mother. Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is on the other end of the spectrum as a high class book editor that is wrestling the increasing demands of her male colleagues. The beautiful Esperanza (Zulay Henao) is playing a balancing act with her manipulative ex-husband, and devoted boyfriend. Aspiring Author, May (Nia Long) is trying so hard for a big break while having to deal with her son’s father who is a drug addict. And lastly there is Lytia (Cocoa Brown), a strong headed waitress with five children. She is determined to keep her 12 year old son from getting caught up in the street life of their rundown neighbourhood.
The actors are compassionate and engaging even though they are so different they have a lot in common. At one point I felt a lump of heartache develop in my throat because I was able to empathise with their misery. The different locations and sets depict various social classes. Even the way the women dress characterise their background and culture. It’s evident that Tyler Perry wanted to portray that the trials and tribulations of being a single mother is not limited to class, culture or race.
The film takes you on an emotional journey even though at times it feels shallow and lacks substance. Despite the tension of being a single mom there are plenty of hot hunks to lighten the mood of the film. Tyler Perry plays the role of T.K who is obviously head over heels for May. Hillary finds herself in a romantic escapade with her new neighbour. The narrative dips between dramatic stereotypical situations and comedy. It will make you contemplate, cry and laugh. Overall the film has more than enough subplots to keep you entertained. A lot of woman will enjoy this film and possibly learn from it too.