Romantic tedium in “Nobody’s Fool”
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.