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Film Review – The Single Moms Club

Director: Tyler Perry
Screenplay: Tyler Perry
Cast: Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown and Amy Smart
Genre: Comedy-Drama
Ratings: ***

The flick The Single Moms Club is about five single mothers who meet after an incident where their children were caught being naughty at school. Because of the collective demeanour, the principal gives the parents and the children an ultimatum to organise the year-end ball or else their children will be expelled. Naturally the five women decide to work together and through this they bond and create a support group to discuss their problems and how to best raise their children as single mothers.
The five women consist of May (Nia Long), Jan (Wendi McLendon Covey), Hillary (Amy Smart), Esperanza (Zulay Henao) and Lytia (Cocoa Brown).
May is a local newspaper reporter, aspiring novelist and mother to a 12-year old son whose father is nowhere to be found. Jan is a publishing executive who can not cope with her demanding job and looking after her teenage daughter who she conceived deliberately after artificial insemination.
Hillary has been cleaned out by her lawyer husband after a messy divorce, and now she has to raise her three children on her own. Esperanza’s ex-husband is trying hard to turn their daughter against her and Lytia is a waitress who has three young children at home and two grown-up children in gaol.
The Single Moms Club is a feel-good film where, for a change, women are helping each other out rather than pulling each other down. But I do not like the fact that Tyler Perry also acts in this movie. I think he should for a change give roles to other actors. He wrote the script and directed the film then also acts in it, not cool at all. However, the characters especially the mothers of The Single Moms Club are generally smart, deep and more fully thought through, while the men are sexist, addicts and insensitive. They seduced these ladies with the promises of being there for them but in the end they all pulled the disappearing trick.

The most important lesson I learnt from this film is that women should stick together. Also, women should not always rely on men for their happiness but should be comfortable to lean on each other, especially if they are going through the same issues.
This film is excellent for a girls’ night out with no men involved, even though it did not receive very positive reviews, I still think it is a must for the ladies to go and see. It shows that women can put their differences aside and find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. So ladies get your girlfriends together, rent out The Single Moms Club and have a nice bonding session with your girls. Even though you might not be a single mother you will thoroughly enjoy this film.

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