Ro­man­tic te­dium in “No­body’s Fool”

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than women, though, Perry does not quite get com­edy. This may seem bizarre to say about the man who gave us Madea, but be­yond Perry in drag, his di­rec­to­rial or writ­ing sen­si­bil­i­ties lean into moral­ity plays and melo­drama. And so, there are two films here. A raunchy com­edy about a just re­leased jail­bird and a melo­drama about a woman who must re­alise the man she needs is right in front of her. Nei­ther are very good, and both are ex­as­per­at­ing. It’s no sur­prise that the hard­work­ing busi­ness­woman with her very clear de­mands for a lifepart­ner must re­veal her so­cial in­ept­ness and re­alise that she’s too much of a frigid ter­ma­gant be­fore she finds love. And, it’s no sur­prise that when the film’s res­o­lu­tion comes, the en­tire thing feels as if it’s been go­ing on too long.

But what of the packed au­di­ences? The laugh­ing crowds? And the clear suc­cess of this film head­ing into its sixth (!!!) week in lo­cal the­atres? It’s not the job of the critic to yuck any­one’s yum. And, it’s inar­guable that “No­body’s Fool” fills a gap for adult fo­cussed black en­ter­tain­ment that is so rarely avail­able.

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