“Nobody’s Fool” stars Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, and Whoopi Goldberg. Released on November 2, 2018, the film has two sisters searching for a mysterious man who is catfishing one of them.
The film is written and directed by Tyler Perry, who is known for directing the Madea film series. The best part about siblings is that they always stick together and protect one another…even though one of them is recently-paroled. Yes, my friends, Tyler Perry is back with another project that doesn’t involve him wearing a wig and a dress. But he’s not the only one who’s back. That’s right, the loud-mouthed actress from “Girls Trip”, Tiffany Haddish, has returned once again to make us laugh with her crazy antics after the box office success of “Night School” less than two months ago. If you’ve been following my blog for quite some time, I notified that Tyler Perry has been making plenty of comedy-dramas that were solid hits for audiences, but were unsurprisingly misses for critics. This film looks like it might continue this type of trend, but with a cast like this, it’s hard for me not to join in on the fun. Unfortunately, for me, the film forgot to invite the fun to the party and didn’t do anything to make up for it.
If you’ve been following the trailers, you would notice that the film is described as some sort of comedy that revolves around two sisters catching the person responsible for catfishing one of them. Turns out, that’s what it really is…during the first half. The rest of the film is basically a formulaic and dull romantic comedy that’s neither funny or sweet. In other words, I just got catfished by a Tyler Perry film. Now I know for a fact that Perry didn’t mean to do that on purpose since he's a respectable filmmaker/actor, but coming from someone who watched a few of his movies, I expected more out of this one. Going back to the plot, I’m not entirely sure what was going on in Perry’s mind when he wrote the film, but it felt like he’s trying to include two stories into one package. They both have the same message, but if someone is expecting this to be a full-on comedy and doesn’t like romantic comedies, they might come out of the theater feeling as disappointed as I was. It clearly doesn’t help when the plot wasn’t as fun and humorous as I thought it should be and the running time felt slightly overlong. I only counted one scene that was slightly amusing. Just one scene. That’s it! That usually means that they’re doing something wrong. Even Tiffany Haddish didn’t provide a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, and she’s supposed to be the funny one. I can at least say that the actors were fine in their roles, especially Tika Sumpter and Whoopi Goldberg, but when you have a film where their characters are either obnoxious, dumb, or underwhelming, that’s hardly the case.
Overall, “Nobody’s Fool” made a fool out of me in the worst possible way. Largely due to its dry humor, disappointing plot, and a dull rom-com formula, this film makes both “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” and “Acrimony” feel more tolerable in comparison. I apologize if this isn’t the response that you Tyler Perry fans are hoping for, but I don’t think this is the right film for these talented actors, especially Goldberg. I honestly believe that this might be the low point in Perry’s career as a director since “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” last year. But hey, if you like it more than I did, more power to you because as always, we all have different opinions on a certain film.