“If I had a chance to rename the movie, I would have named it Saved”– Ella Joyce
This weekend in theaters, film and theater mogul Tyler Perry will release his latest work entitled “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.” The film stars Lance Gross (Brice), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Judith), Kim Kardashian (Ava), Vanessa Williams (Janice), Robbie Jones (Harley), Brandy Norwood (Melinda), Ella Joyce (Sarah) and Renee Taylor (Ms. Waco Chapman).
“Temptation” surrounds the love and betrayal of a couple that were under the protection of innocence and truth until one spouse’s need for attention spirals their bond into a hurricane of deception. The film is based upon Perry’s stage play “The Marriage Counselor.”
Judith and Brice were friends from childhood. Raised in a protective spiritual household, Judith understood the world from the pages of her mother’s Bible. It was almost as if she and Brice were brought together through an arranged marriage, except their bond was a simple common crush as children that bloomed into a mature, responsible love. But along with that responsibility came monotony, regret and discontent for Judith.
As with so many married couples in today’s society, the vows and covenant will be tested, usually at a moment when one or both spouses are at their most vulnerable point. Cue the story of Judith and Brice. Enter Harley – a successful self-made billionaire with a thirst for anything that he doesn’t own from jump. This time his mission of divide and conquer involves another man’s wife.
In “Temptation,” Tyler Perry uses the love story between Judith and Brice and the survival of a town stranger named Melinda (Brandy Norwood) to illustrate a woman’s struggle with her fleshly desires and her better judgment. Both overlapping storylines in the film expose the consequences of making a wrong turn at critical decision boulevard. Sometimes there’s no going back.