Sunday my family and I splurged a bit, enjoying Tyler Perry’s new film Nobody’s Fool. Starring Tika Sumpter and Tiffany Haddish, the rated-R comedy is the first of it’s kind for Perry. I had my reservations as he solely wrote, produced and directed – a large feat for any creative. And while it wasn’t perfect, it definitely was better than I expected.
Sold as another vehicle led by Haddish’s comedic energy, the film is much more than its trailer depicts. The film centers on Sumpter’s Danica, a successful ad executive who has fallen for the perfect guy. The only problem is she’s never met her digital crush. When her sister Tanya (Haddish) is released from prison, their reunion forces Danica to face the possibility that both her beau and views on love maybe fictional.
In addition to Sumpter and Haddish, we have Omari Hardwick’s Frank who is smitten on Danica; Amber Riley as Danica’s coworker and best friend, Callie; and, Whoopi Goldberg as the sisters’ mother. The film also stars Missi Pyle and Mechad Brooks.
I thoroughly enjoyed the rom-com. The story was easy to follow and evoked genuine laughter. Tiffany is perfect in her role, bringing the same energy we’ve come to know and love. But I’m glad the movie didn’t just bank on her star power alone.
Some scenes overextended their stay. For instance near the end, Danica’s lipsync of Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee” lasts for the entire song. An editing issue. And two cameos from Michael Blackson and Chris Rock felt forced and needed more direction.
The film itself felt about 30 minutes too long. And I felt Perry missed an opportunity to fully flesh out a side narrative. But in all the film is one of his strongest.