Tyler Perry’s most focused film to date feels like it was extras from another comedy TV series. Although that isn’t always a bad thing. Especially with Tiffany Haddish in and out of scenes, wild, profane and free. In Nobody’s Fool, she plays a recently released ex-con who comes to live with her successful and very professional sister (Tika Sumpter): the former unhinges the latter’s life. Now this typically would be a combination that shouldn’t work, but we are talking a Tyler Perry flick here. It’s something like five movies in one. It’s a total mess, and although it does have its charming moments, it simply isn’t enough to convince most that Nobody’s Fool is a good film.
Speaking of fools, Danica (Tika Sumpter) surely was one in this film. She was a complete and utter fool throughout most of the movie, her character absolutely cringe-worthy at times. Danica is a high-horse riding, stick stuck up her behind, corporate world working young black woman. Oh, and her choice of men are terrible. But the only thing is, the man who she’s looking for is right in front of her face the entire time, of course, but she treats him like dirt on the bottom of red bottoms, of course. This is pretty typical of some of Perry’s female characters, and that’s the problem. We’ve seen her before, or at least variations of her. We need something new.
Then there’s Danica’s sister, Tanya (Tiffany Haddish), fresh out of jail and forced to shack up with Danica. Tanya definitely brings life to the movie; she’s the heart, but maybe a bit over-sexualized. Tyler’s church-going audience may find the raunchy language too obscene; it definitely lives up to its Rated R status. I’ts obvious that Haddish is given some comedic freedom; some of her lines are unmistakably improvisations.
Frank (Omari Hardwick) plays one of Danica’s love interests. He’s got the audience on his side from beginning to end because, to be honest, even as an ex-felon and recovering addict, he’s still too good for Danica. Lola (Whoopi Goldberg) is the girls’ weed growing and smoking mother who adds some much-needed subtle comedic relief in times of need.
Perry’s known for his themes, and there were valuable lessons for the audience. However, we seem to be learning the same lessons in different ways with characters who are much too similar from movie to movie.
Overall, Nobody’s Fool falls somewhere between complete and utter fool and lesson learned one time fool. If you spend your money in theaters once on this movie, you’re the latter. Twice or more, well, then you’ve become Tyler’s fool.