Friday, April 19, 2024

Tyler Perry Is Facing a Rare Flop with “Nobody’s Fool” and He Knew It: His Name Isn’t Even on the Poster


Every Tyler Perry movie has the writer – director’s name on its poster.

Even “Acrimony,” the movie he released earlier this year with Taraji P. Henson, had it.

Of course, all the Madea movies say it right up front: “Tyler Perry’s —-“. It’s his brand, and it’s made him millions.

But not so for this weekend’s “Nobody’s Fool.” The movie stars Tiffany Haddish and Tika Sumpter, two of my favorite Perry/comic creations. Whoopi Goldberg is also in this movie– I really wanted to see it.

But Paramount had a stealth opening in New York. Reviews were held until the very last minute and they were bad. “Nobody’s Fool” has a 22 on Rotten Tomatoes. What a shame. There was a lot of potential.

And then the poster– no Tyler Perry anywhere. Can it really be that bad? Aretha Franklin loved Tika Sumpter from “The Have and Have Nots.” And you can’t do better than Tiffany Haddish. Has Whoopi even mentioned it on “The View”? Her name isn’t on the poster either! Wow! Everyone’s in hiding!

Oh well. Last night’s previews only brought in $600,000. Tomorrow morning is going to be bleak.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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