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A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has always done what's expected of him, whether it's assuming the helm of his father's company, tolerating his brother's misbehavior at th... read more read more...e office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancée, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley. This one good deed may finally spark his courage to exchange the life that's expected of him for the life he's always really wanted. -- (C) Lionsgate

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PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.

Directed by: Tyler Perry

Release Date: February 24, 2012

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DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012

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  • fb100000145236770
    June 25, 2012
    I enjoy Tyler Perry's movies, especially the Madea flicks. However, his movies can be very melodramatic and borderline Lifetime TV quality. Here, "Good Deeds" is one of those borderline movies. Perry plays Wesley Deeds, a rich businessman who feels like he should be doing some... read morething else with his life. He meets a single mother(Thadie Newton) who is down on her luck, and he sets out to help her and hopefully find some meaning to his life. The story is kind of generic, or as I called it "a prostitionious-less, black version of Pretty Woman". Even Emily kind of agreed with that. The performances are ok, but over the top with the drama. It also drags out at nearly 2 hours, and could have been about 20 minutes shorter and told the same story with probably better effect. I don't think this is his worst movie, but it's far from his best. I'd say it could have used some Madea, but she wouldn't have fit in anywhere in this movie, so she isn't missed. Perry fans will probably give it a "meh", but even a "meh" Perry movie, is better than no Perry movie.
  • May 19, 2012
    Wesley Deeds is About to Discover the Person He Was Meant to Be.

    Not bad or great. It is a script with certain imbalance and some organizational issues. Nevertheless, as a light romance story about a man's desire to chase his dreams, it is a movie that delivers sufficiency and w... read morearmth occasionally. It is not a movie that shines, but it remains a simple and interesting story with an attempt to tell a message.

    A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds Tyler Perry) has always done what's expected of him, whether it's assuming the helm of his father's company, tolerating his brother's misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancee, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works as a cleaning person in his office building. Outspoken, impulsive and proud- and also recently evicted- Lindsey struggles to make ends meet for herself and her young daughter. But when Wesley offers to help her get back on her feet, his innocent good deed ignites and unexpected attraction- and suddenly Wesley finds himself caught between the life he thought he wanted and the powerful desires of his heart...
  • February 26, 2012
    I liked the story...good people getting together, trying their best to do the right thing. This is my first Tyler Perry movie and I think now I have to go back and look at some of the others.
  • June 16, 2012
    Being pushed over the edge in so many directions not only as a successful businessman, but as a member of his family, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has for quite sometime continuously compromised his patience with tolerating his brother Walter (Brian J. White) irresponsible behavior... read more or putting up with his fiance's Natalie (Gabrielle Union) pressure for marriage in a loveless relationship. Just when things couldn't get any better, a "by chance" meeting with a single mother Lindsey (Thandie Newton) who is so far down and out on her financial luck, that Wesley decides to go out of his way, to assist her and in doing so finds, that through her misfortune that "good deed" in helping her gives him the courage to find the happiness through change in his life. A wonderful and humorous drama. Try seeing this!
  • September 4, 2013
    Pretty predictable...but it was a good cast and it had a few turns I didn't expect. I really was just waiting for the ending I knew was going to happen anyway....
  • March 31, 2013
    Tyler Perry does it again. Clearly a movie focused on the covert examination of class divisions within the African-American community in San Francisco, "Good Deeds" is a MUST SEE! I tell you ... the more I watch his non-Ma'Dea films, the more I am starting to see he is not only a... read more GREAT film maker but an outstanding actor, as well. I liked the fact that it was just the right length, for mMany directors would have tried to shave off 30 minutes ... but not Tyler ... he truly knows how to fully develop his characters and in this particular film ... he almost yanked a tear out of me twice. This film is deserving of 4 stars out of 5.
  • fb1292158502
    February 3, 2013
    Great movie....Classic Tyler Perry movie/plot...very well done....I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who in the mood for a feel good movie...I love Tyler Perry!!
  • September 28, 2012
    I give this movie 2 stars out of 5. Reasons: 1 star because Tyler's is attempting to stretch and I applaud that. 2nd star because Madea wasn't in it. Personally, this story reminded me of too many other films (including other films he's made and *cough* "The Pursuit of Happyness"... read more *cough*) and as usual it's wrapped in a Hollywood-by-way-of-Atlanta bow. I think it's a great cast, but I think they lacked direction. I think it's an interesting story, but very predictable. I love films and don't fully regret watching this. But I wouldn't recommend it.
  • August 7, 2012
    This was on my to see list...However, if I had to do it all over again. Enough said...This was boring and some other stuff that I can't even think to say right now. Tyler Perry's movies are usually funny and at least has something of a plot if not a decent story line. Dude wer... read moree you bored and out of it when you wrote this? Sorry, Charlie...But this one didn't make the grade for me!
  • fb45002347
    July 10, 2012
    i like the tyler perry movies where he's playing himself more than him playing a lady. although the storyline was predictable, i enjoyed it and sympathized w/ the characters, etc.

Critic Reviews

Keith Uhlich
February 26, 2012
Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

A ridiculously redemptive finale negates almost all of the preceding dramatic tension and resurrects a cloying Richard Marx chestnut to boot. Full Review

Wesley Morris
February 25, 2012
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Whose life, Wesley asks in the movie's narration, is he living? Judging from all the sterile office and apartment space and his mile-long face, I'd say Bruce Willis's in "The Sixth Sense.'' Full Review

Bill Goodykoontz
February 24, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

There aren't a lot of laughs in "Good Deeds," and it could have used more of them. Full Review

Joe Leydon
February 24, 2012
Joe Leydon, Variety

An otherwise unremarkable pic that takes what feels like a very long time to unwind a drearily predictable storyline. Full Review

David DeWitt
February 24, 2012
David DeWitt, New York Times

Good Deeds honors goodness, which isn't at all a bad thing, and it's not without moments of genuine feeling. But by the film's end, after watching a seemingly infinite number of dour close-ups of sobe... Full Review

Owen Gleiberman
February 24, 2012
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Good Deeds, with its Frank Capra-gone-Good Will Hunting title, is lucky to have Thandie Newton, easily the most gifted actress ever to have starred in a Tyler Perry movie. Full Review

Alonso Duralde
February 24, 2012
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

Far more interesting in the context of his filmography than it is to actually watch. Full Review

Elizabeth Weitzman
February 24, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

Every Perry movie has its highs and lows. This time, the highs are a little higher, and the lows not quite so low. Full Review

Sam Adams
February 24, 2012
Sam Adams, AV Club

By Perry's standards, it's a high-toned production, which means it doesn't look as if were shot during downtime on a soap-opera set, but it's still as blurry as a fifth-generation copy. Full Review

Frank Scheck
February 24, 2012
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Where's Madea when you need her? Full Review

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    • Lindsey: I'm not talking to you midget! I'm talking to this ass!
    • Lindsey: You should never apoligize for sayin what you feel.
    • Wesley Deeds: That would make me predictable.
    • Lindsey Wakefield: A lot of times in relationships, people don't say what they feel cos they're afraid of being hurt or let down.
    • Wesley Deeds: I'm moving to Africa.
    • Natalie: I can literally set my watch by Wesley.

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