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Good Deeds

A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has always done what`s expected of him, whether it`s assuming the helm of his father`s company, tolerating his brother`s misbehaviour at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancee, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley. This one good deed may finally spark his courage to exchange the life that`s expected of him for the life he`s always really wanted.

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Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
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Cast: Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian J. White, Rebecca Romijn
Director: Tyler Perry
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For anyone who would be watching "Good Deeds" without seeing any of Tyler Perry's previous works or know about the cultural prejudices against him from his own African American community, they may not understand why this movie is undeservingly slammed for carrying the Tyler Perry label when they leave the theater hall. But they would not be enlightened by it either.

"Good Deeds" is centered on Wesley Deeds, a well groomed African American who seems to have everything to have in his life; the big seat on his father's wealthy computer software company, the admiration of his colleagues, mother and friends in the predominately white affluent circle and a well-matched fiancee in the form of Gabrielle Union.

When Deeds has several rough encounters with a down-on-her-luck single mother Lindsey who works as the night janitor in the corporate building of Deeds Incorporated, he begins to reevaluate what he has been doing with a life that he could not call his own in the face of her more carefree nature, as he helps her to get on her feet again from poverty.

From on the onset, "Good Deeds" had the potential to be a well-written drama on the disparity of wealth distribution along with dramatic seeds on family expectations, loveless marriages and the tough conditions of living in the city without a helping hand, that could have spun a very complex web of emotions. This is realised by a compelling performance from a strong support cast with Brian White as the wildly aggressive and unloved brother of the two siblings under the cold stares of Phylicia Rashad as their widowed mother, but funnels down to mediocrity when punctuated by Perry's stoic acting, despite it being explainable given his character's nature.

Thandie Newton's marvelous performance as Lindsey who wanders helplessly with daughter in tow is particularly striking that would incite a dose of frustration and empathy that you've felt in that particular scene from "Pursuit of Happyness", and watching her troubles is ironically the best part of this movie.

However as Lindsey's life predictably takes a better turn when she meets Mr. Deeds, it is here when the dramatic value of the whole story begins to falter. While Lindsey would have many reasons to cry tears of joy, audiences can only weep while witnessing the forced romance unfold and defuse any potential blow-up of the more 'real-to-life' issue that was set up to be nothing more than a Cinderella story with a misguided prince charming. Not to mentioned as cliche as having Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" playing at the last scene.

Overall, "Good Deeds" is a disservice to the admirable cast that Tyler Perry has managed to surround himself with and the dramatic potential that could have taken him out of his notorious reputation as a filmmaker and move him to be on the same ladder as the award-winning "Precious" that he produced.

Cinema Online, 03 July 2012
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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