We have to give Tyler Perry credit for crafting a film around an often ignored segment of our society who could not be more important, moms raising children alone. The Single Moms Club is a heartfelt drama with plenty of comedic moments starring a perfect cast of actresses in an ensemble that truly gels.
But, we’re afraid the sum of the parts is not as solid as it should be.
Amy Smart, Nia Long, Cocoa Brown, Wendi-McLendon Covey and Zulay Henao meet when each of their kids gets into trouble at their exclusive private school. Now, not everyone here has money… many are at the institution due to scholarships. But, that is truly only established to show that our moms come from varied backgrounds and cultures.
As punishment, and also to allow their children to remain at the school, the group has to work together to plan a fundraising dance for the school to show their kids the value of working together and giving back. And the scene where they are told that telegraphs it from a mile away. It’s almost like watching it, the audience says, “Oh, here’s our story.”
That is our biggest problem with The Single Moms Club. The script by Perry advertises what is coming at you 15 minutes from now like a neon sign advertises what someone’s selling. Normally quite adept at penning a rich story that keeps you guessing, Perry has spent so much time writing rich female characters (which must have been a challenge), that he ignored large amounts of plot development.
The cast is top notch and their chemistry is impeccable. There are no stereotypes here and it might seem like a surprise that a male screenwriter managed to not only pen strong and full female characters, but also truly captured what these women are going through as single moms… Perry succeeds on that front in spades.
McLendon-Covey is her usual brilliant self (don’t miss her amazing Bridesmaids quotes), Long is one “stressed” mom (as teased in The Single Moms Club trailer) and Smart is a joy to witness as a woman left behind by her husband who left her with an infant.
And yes, there are men… and they too are well drawn. Particularly charming is Terry Crews as a man who is wooing Brown. Plus Ryan Eggold portrays Smart’s sexy, next door neighbor and William Levy smolders as Henao’s long-suffering boyfriend. And Eddie Cibrian makes another appearance in a Perry movie, but he kind of overplays it as Henao’s ex-husband.
Our The Single Moms Club review appreciates the light that Perry has shined on the women of America who are raising our future single-handedly. But, we just wish they had a better drawn out story to compel us long after the credits roll.
Want to see McLendon-Covey in something a little more hit than miss? Watch Bridesmaids online... And in a Tyler Perry mood? Why not watch Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor!