Movie Review: Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

Starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Robbie Jones, Kim Kardashian and others
Star rating: **

I have to confess that i watched this film more out of curiousity than anything. I loved Robbie Jones in his role in now cancelled TV series ‘Hellcats’ so i wanted to see him in a film playing someone apart from a love interest and man candy. This film was also being billed as the infamous and scandalous Kim Kardashian, someone who knows how to create and stir and keep all the attention on her. Though she is used to playing herself with her reality TV shows, would she be able to keep up with a script?

Judith (Jurnee Smollet-Bell) is an uptight in-house therapist for an online dating agency run by Janice (Vanessa Williams). Judith has been married to local pharmacist Brice (Lance Gross) for several years and is stuck in a monotonous daily routine. Her only friend takes the shape in Kim Kardashian, who’s only role in the story to critique Judith’s wardrobe. Enter Harley (Robbie Jones), a young technological tycoon who is looking to invest in the dating agency, for what reason, it is never clear. He takes a shine to Judith and starts to pursue her relentlessly until she finally gives in to, wait for it, temptation.

This film has the most unbelievable storyline ever and not in a good way. All the characters have their faults but the use of religion means that it’s okay as long as you stick by your husband and family at the end of the day. Jurnee does her best in a character which though described as ‘smart’ is more susceptible to the male influences in her life. Her husband in the film, Brice seems to be okay with the fact that his wife had an affair and only reacts when there is a chance that all is not well between his wife and her lover. Jones plays the role of the jealous lover very well and though he is not meant to, as the audience, you start to feel as though he is being taken advantage of by Judith. Williams French accent is terrible and though pretentious, you feel as though she has been put into the film for comic value. The highlight of this film is Kardashian who is practically plays herself and that is saying something about the film. A forgettable film with even more forgettable storyline. 

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