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Tyler Perry's latest flick lacking

  • This photo provided by Lionsgate shows Nia Long as May in a scene from Tyler Perry's film "The Single Moms Club." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, K C Bailey)

He rounded up a modest cast -- Nia Long, Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaids"), Cocoa Brown and Zulay Henao as the moms, supported by Perry himself and the unconquerable Terry Crews.

He found another way of depicting women as put-upon victims of selfish, greedy, cruel and no-count men, and reason for empowering them -- single motherhood.

But he is flat out of laughs, and his heartfelt Oprah-approved sermonettes about every woman deserving a "good man" and the like feel exhausted and played.

Perry has made better movies, and perhaps worse ones. But never one as dull as this.

The women all have their kids in an exclusive Atlanta prep school. One (Smart) is a sheltered housewife going through a divorce.

Another (Long, recently of "The Best Man Holiday") is a working reporter and would-be writer whose little boy's daddy is a never-ending disappointment.

A third (McClendon-Covey) is a publishing exec whose career is hampered by the child she had as if adding an accessory to her wardrobe. The sassy Waffle House waitress (Cocoa Brown of "For Better or Worse") has a brood of kids, a couple in prison.

And the Latina in this stew (Henao) has a new man in her life but is still controlled by her rich jerk of an ex.

Their kids are going off the rails, so the school hurls them together to plan a dance. They meet, clash cultures, drink wine and get all girl-bonding friendly.

The shared parenting wisdom is deep -- "You can't think about it. Just do it . . . You take it one snotty nose and one dirty diaper at a time." And "I raised boys, honey. If you don't break 'em early . . ." Indeed.


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