A Fall from Grace: Once again, Tyler Perry portrays women as delusional

After the catastrophe that “Madea Family Funeral” was, and the fanfare that followed the opening of the Tyler Perry Studios, one had high hopes for Tyler Perry ‘s Netflix debut, “A Fall from Grace.” But it was treated just as another low-budget Madea film. The hair and makeup were horrendous. And “A Fall from Grace” turned out one bad story exacerbated by poor production values.

Whilst receiving his “Ultimate Icon Award” at the 2019 BET Awards in June 2019, Perry explained why he’s told stories of abused women for decades. And so, “A Fall from Grace,” is no different. It is another story of a relationship gone bad.

In Perry’s Netflix debut, Grace Waters (Crystal Fox) is charged for the murder of her husband Shannon Delong (Mehcad Brooks). It is Jasmine Bryant’s (Bresha Webb) job as public defender to get Grace to sign a plea deal but pressure from friends and co-workers cause her to investigate case. And she uncovered the truth.

Wasn’t a fan of “Acrimony,” and when Grace began to narrate her story to Jasmine, it seemed like “A Fall from Grace” would turn to be a decent film. But we were soon proven wrong.

Granted being single as an older woman is hard but just like “Acrimony,” Mr Perry portrayed women as delusional. The set-up and resolution are predictable. Shannon’s transformation is abrupt. And there’s no explanation for why Shannon is Sarah’s (Phylicia Rashad) conspirator. It’s abnormal, except Perry is saving that revelation for the sequel.

As with his 2018 film, “Acrimony,” Perry also portrays women as delusional. Grace has a grown-up son. So, she must have been in her mid-fifties at the least. A woman of Grace’s age and stature should know the telltale signs of danger. But she was swept off her feet by this too-good-to-be-true lover. And it could only end in disaster.



Directed by Tyler PerryMark E. Swinton

Produced by: Will Areu, Michelle Sneed and Tyler Perry

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