1 hour, 51 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for strong language, a shrouded attack on a woman and scenes of a little girl in crisis.
Thandie Newton ... Lindsey
Tyler Perry ... Wesley
Brian White ... Walt
Rebecca Romijn ... Heidi
Gabrielle Union ... Natalie
Jamie Kennedy ... Mark
Phylicia Rashad ... Wilimena
Jordenn Thompson ... Ariel
Eddie Cibrian ... John
Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) never wanted to be a CEO, but, the title was handed
to him thank
s to his brother’s (Brian J White) impulsive nature and his
father’s early death. As a result, he spends his nights working late
and avoiding Natalie (Gabrielle Union), the upper crust fiancé he’s only vaguely
compatible with. A few feet away, yet thousands of decisions apart, is Wesley’s night janitor Lindsey Wakefield (Thandie Newton),
spending her evenings hiding her daughter in a broom closet and trying
to avoid social services. In debt to the IRS and lacking a place to
stay, she’s low on hope and absent options, at least until she parks in
the CEO’s spot.
This chance encounter leads to a strange friendship. Wesley and Lindsey
don’t find understanding with each other as much as a perspective each
has been lacking. Because they’re not weighed down by social codes or
fears of rejection, they’re free to be honest. Their frank conversations, sometimes quiet and sometimes heated, are
what make Good Deeds worth seeing, but ultimately, there’s just
not enough of them. Eventually, life gets in the way. There are
problems at the company, problems figuring out where to stay, and
problems with family members.
Sadly, the litany of issues coupled with
some heavy-handed music forces Tyler Perry's film to devolve into
melodrama, overwhelming its subtler moments.