Coulda Fooled Me - Nobody's Fool

Coulda Fooled Me - Nobody's Fool

Sometimes bad movies have redeeming qualities. Perhaps an uplifting message. Perhaps a standout performance. Even a brief runtime can make up for an overall lackluster effort. Unfortunately, this movie has none of that. It is one of the least fun and least funny outings in Tyler Perry’s already embarrassing filmography. The twists are stupid, the jokes don’t land and the love story isn’t one worth rooting for. A lot of talent was wasted on this laughably bad story and we are all worse for having seen it. But hopefully this review can save you from the regret of giving it a try.

 Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The story follows Danica (played by Tika Sumpter), a high powered executive at an advertising company. Her love interest is someone she has only met over the phone and her co-worker, Kalli is convinced it’s all a sham. When Danica’s sister, Tanya gets out of prison, they set out to try to prove to Danica that her guy isn’t real.

Meanwhile, the guy who owns Danica’s favorite coffee shop is in love with her, but when she finds out he’s bene to prison, she is less interested. The movie revolves around whether or not Danica will hold on to her possibly fake relationship with the guy she’s never met, or fall for the guy who is right there in front of her.

 Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

That gagging sound you hear is me choking while trying to take this nonsense seriously. I have simplified it as much as possible, but the movie runs like a horrible miniseries where each episode snaps in a different direction. The plot is so convoluted and so interested in so many stupid things that I genuinely don’t understand how anyone could enjoy this. Couple that with the general lack of humor and I’m at a loss as to how Perry thought this was a finished product.

This is the worst kind of bad. The kind of bad where if you humor the movie and buy into its nonsense premise, you start to root against the characters it needs you to care about. Danica isn’t funny, isn’t likable and isn’t worth rooting for. Everyone in the movie would be better off if they just ignored her existence and carried on with one another. Instead, the movie wants you to root for them all bending to her will and waiting until she is ready to be a better person.

 Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

With stars as electric as Tiffany Haddish and Tika Sumpter, it should have been more, but in the hands of a not-so-capable filmmaker, we wind up with this. It will undoubtedly find an audience, because there are always people who make excuses for movies this terrible, but the bottom line is there is nothing good here. If you’re a fan of anyone involved, you’re better off picking anything else they’ve ever been in.

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