When life’s obstacles become too difficult to bear, five women from five different social spheres will pull together to overcome their stressful situation: being a single parent. Released on Friday, March 14, the Tyler Perry film gives audiences a glimpse into the issues single mothers face while trying to juggle work, children and some semblance of a social life.
“The Single Moms Club” did not receive the positive feedback it may have been hoping for, while some critics mentioned that the film was too feminine (and was the worst movie in box office since “Daddy’s Little Girls,” many have failed to point out any real problems with the film. In truth, there’s not much negativity to be said about the film itself. The acting was authentic, witty and entertaining, while the story itself offered an interesting perspective into the lives of the five mothers, all helping each other along the twists and turns of life.
Although the plot of the story could have gone deeper revealing the breaking points of each parent, the film did a fine job of finding the right balance between the drama that was presented and the romantic comedy embedded within. From the protective yet sassy Lytia (Cocoa Brown) and the aspiring writer May (Nia Long), to caring yet under appreciated Esperanza (Zulay Henao), stern but thoughtful Jan (Wendi McLendon Covey) and frazzled and sweet Hilary (Amy Smart), the audience is able to see various character types, each with their own individual problems, yet one common goal—being better mothers.
The film introduces many issues most parents can relate to. Rebellious children, jilted spouses, stress from work, and the hope and fear of forming new relationships are all tackled in the movie. “The Single Moms Club” touches on each aspect with pleasantry and realistic outcomes. Together the mothers learn more about themselves while gaining new insight into how to connect with their children, who themselves are faced with adolescent issues of abandonment, rebelliousness and lack of boundaries.
This film will have you laughing, crying and appreciating everything your parents or guardians have done for you. It may not necessarily be Tyler Perry’s best, but it’s definitely far from being his worst.