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"Why Did I Get Married" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Each year psychologist Patricia (Jackson) gathers her married college friends together for a couples retreat to help everyone re-evaluate their relationships and hopefully renew their bonds.  This year however, all the marriages are strained by various situations including a child’s death, infidelity and a vindictive ex-wife.  The final descent into chaos occurs when Mike shows up with an attractive young lady instead of his wife who arrives later.  The problems come to a head at dinner one night when all (and I mean ALL) the dirty is aired in one cathartic scene.  The second act has our characters trying to pick up the pieces and save their marriages.  By the end, most have decided what’s most important and one lady gets a new lease on life.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 58 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott
  • Directed by Tyler Perry
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I found this film difficult to watch for most of its length.  This is not a romantic comedy by any means.  It is a serious drama and the emotions portrayed are intense and very personal.  I didn’t find the movie particularly well-made but I did empathize with a few of the characters.  The acting was fairly uneven with excellent performances by some and downright terrible efforts from others.  The subject matter is not what I’d call entertaining.  There were a few brief humorous moments but the rest was pretty serious.  The characters treat each other quite horribly.  I don’t know how any marriage could survive some of the antics I witnessed.  It wasn’t overly depressing and the ending is a happy one but I can’t see this film being more than a one-time rental at best.

Technical

The video transfer was only fair with a soft image and some rather bizarre color palette choices.  Nearly every scene had some sort of colored filter with warm tones for indoor scenes and a bluish tint outdoors.  The overall presentation was quite flat and un-natural looking.  Given the subject matter, I don’t think the weak video quality will detract from the overall experience.

Audio was mostly average with clear dialog that sounded the same regardless of the environment.  Music was very sparse with just a few jazz big band and pop tunes.  It was used only during transition scenes, never during the action.

Extras

Bonus features include actor interviews, a documentary about the Whistler resort depicted in the film and a featurette about the music used.