Tyler Perry's 'Nobody's Fool' is filled with plot twists and brilliant humor
Tyler Perry knocks it out of the park with his latest film, Nobody’s Fool
Starring the immensely talented Tika Sumpter and Amber Riley, hilarious Tiffany Haddish, dapper Omari Hardwick, and the magical Whoopi Goldberg - Nobody’s Fool was set up for success from the very beginning. The film is Tyler Perry’s first rated “R” comedy - and our guess is that, aside from some steamy sex scenes, “R” probably stands for “reeling with laughter” because Nobody’s Fool is exquisitely comedic.
The Sitch was invited to a pre-screening of the film hosted by MadameNoire and Hello Beautiful where we got to hear Tyler Perry introduce the film and have a Q&A with Tika Sumpter and Amber Riley. This post is our review of the film and contains a few spoilers.
The film follows Danica (Tika Sumpter) - a successful businesswoman making a salary that’s somewhere in the mid-six-figures who was dumped by her ex-fiancé after he left her for another woman. Now Danica has found herself a new man - online - whom she’s been dating for a year but has never actually met, or seen his face (but he checks off everything on her “list”). Her sister, Tanya (Tiffany Haddish), was just released from prison and immediately begins to stir up trouble.
Tanya sniffs out that her sister is being catfished by “Charlie” - Danica’s online boyfriend. Meanwhile, there’s a man who owns a coffee shop who gives Danica free coffee and a rose every morning (but Danica isn’t interested because he has a dark past and doesn’t check off hardly anything on her “list”). Now Danica, Tanya, and Danica’s best friend Callie (Amber Riley) are headed off on an adventure to find the man that cat-fished Danica and teach him a lesson.
Of course, in good movie fashion, they teach “Charlie” a lesson and Danica comes to learn that, although Frank from the coffee shop doesn’t appear to be her ideal man at first glance, maybe she can come to love him anyway.
All comedy and romance aside, this film is a part of a great pivotal moment in Hollywood. Nobody’s Fool was written and directed by Tyler Perry, who has worked to create an outlet and a platform for black actors to be seen and play roles that don’t fall into the “typical black roles” (films like The Help have been criticized because of this same topic).
Instead, Nobody’s Fool allows the characters to be real people with an arc - in fact, Sumpter said this is part of what originally had attracted her to the film. Sumpter enjoyed being able to portray a woman who she said she could totally relate to and that she felt like she knew in real life. She also said that she really appreciated Perry giving black actors, especially black female actors, an opportunity to play real and authentic people on screen. The movie even challenged gender stereotypes when Danica going on a date with someone to “test the waters.” Danica gets called a slut over it and her response is that men do it all the time and no one bat’s an eye.
When Sumpter was asked about her character’s choice to test the waters and go on the date and how she felt about the potential controversy behind it, all she said was, “if I make people feel something, I’ve done my job...that’s my job. To make people feel.” And feel we did; Nobody’s Fool is a comedy that takes the viewers on a journey through every human emotion. Be prepared to laugh until you cry, cry, get angry, and then laugh some more. Every time the film feels like it’s hit “placid waters,” Perry throws a curve ball and there’s even a surprise cameo by Chris Rock to look forward to.
Perry’s writing and direction, along with Haddish’s comedic brilliance, Goldberg’s perfection, and Sumpter’s strength creates a beautifully crafted comedy that is precisely what this world needs. Nobody’s Fool officially opens in theaters this Friday, November 2. Let us know how excited you are to see Nobody’s Fool in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more movie reviews and other entertaining reads.