What Are Some of the Thematic Issues in the Films of Tyler Perry?


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Tyler Perry's films feature social and cultural themes that include religious faith, morality, family, forgiveness and overcoming adversity, as well as marriage, relationships, infidelity, drug abuse, race, gender and class issues. Perry wrote and produced most of his movies, including the Madea franchise.

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Tyler Perry, who describes himself as a Christian and suffered physical abuse from his father, tackles issues that he viewed growing up in New Orleans, and later, living out of his car in Atlanta. Perry has said that he based the sharp-tongued Mabel "Madea" Simmons character on his mother and several older women in his life.

Many of Perry's film themes focus on righting wrongs. In "Good Deeds," a successful businessman helps a struggling single mother. In "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," a woman with drinking issues finds love and faith. In "The Family That Preys," two long-time friends attempt to heal their broken families. The film "Daddy's Little Girls" is about a father who fights to regain custody of his three daughters. The movie "Why Did I Get Married?" explores the relationships of several married couples. In "Meet the Browns," a single mother travels with her children to reconnect with her father's family after his death.

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