Good Deeds

March 3rd, 2012


Good Deeds

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Businessman Wesley Deeds is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building.

Release Year: 2012

Rating: 2.6/10 (765 voted)

Critic's Score: 43/100

Director: Tyler Perry

Stars: Tyler Perry, Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton

Businessman Wesley Deeds is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building.

Tyler Perry - Wesley Deeds
Thandie Newton - Lindsey Wakefield
Gabrielle Union - Natalie
Eddie Cibrian - John
Brian White - Walter Deeds
Jordenn Thompson - Ariel
Phylicia Rashad - Wilimena
Beverly Johnson - Brenda
Rebecca Romijn - Heidi
Jamie Kennedy - Mark Freeze
Andrew Masset - Mr. Brunson (as Andrew Hyatt Masset)
Victoria Loving - Mrs. Brunson
Tom Thon - Milton
Susan Shalhoub Larkin - Margaret
Nevaina Graves Rhodes - Teacher (as Nevaina)

Taglines: Wesley Deeds is About to Discover the Person He Was Meant to Be.


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Release Date: 24 February 2012

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Actresses Thandie Newton and Rebecca Romijn were born on the exact same day: 06. November 1972 - this is their first movie together.

User Review

A good story well told, but probably not for the whole family.

Rating: 9/10

Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds" is the first Tyler Perry movie I have seen. I saw the trailer when I went to see "Red Tails" in January, and I was intrigued. I've been eagerly anticipating opening night ever since. And talking it up until my family are sick of it.

I wasn't disappointed. But first, a word of warning. I wouldn't call "Good Deeds" a family film. I may not take my teenage sons to see it — although the great lessons may win out over the questionable scenes in the end. Parents should be aware that there is significant vulgar language, especially in the first half of the film, and that there are both frank discussions of sexuality and a couple of rather intense lovemaking scenes that may not be suitable for younger children. The main character is living with his fiancée, and they are having sex before their marriage, which some people may object to.

That said, "Good Deeds" is a great story. Wesley Deeds grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth and has the perfect life. Only Wesley isn't really sure it's his life, though he has buried these insecurities so deep that he isn't really aware of them anymore. His fiancée finds him utterly predictable. But they think they are in love, and their families are thrilled that they are finally going to marry. Lindsey Wakefield, on the other hand, is living in an ever-worsening nightmare. She is barely making ends meet, and from the first moment that we see her, it's clear just how precarious her situation is. And it just keeps unraveling.

Lindsey works as a janitor in Wesley's corporate headquarters. They meet when she parks in his reserved spot, and there is an altercation involving Wesley's boorish brother. We see from the beginning that Wesley has a good heart, but that figuring out the right thing to do can take him some time. Wesley and Lindsey keep running into each other, but he doesn't make a significant move to help her until the day he witnesses her child being torn from her arms by a social worker. In the process of helping Lindsey, Wesley not only falls in love, but finds spontaneity and rediscovers his childhood dreams.

The story rings almost true. I'd like to believe that there is a corporate CEO out there who would tolerate the kind of attitude that Lindsey displays — I haven't met one yet, but maybe. And some of the scenes are a little predictable — I saw the ending coming from the minute Wesley told Lindsey goodbye.

But that's why "Good Deeds" is a good film and should be a successful one. Like any fairy tale, there is just enough fantasy about it to keep us with one foot firmly planted in reality, while the rest is realistic enough that we can look wistfully on, thinking that it would be very nice if things did work just that way.


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