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The story’s lead character is a woman named  April, who is  a hard-drinking night club singer played by Taraji P. Henson, who finds herself with custody of her dead sister’s three children — Jennifer (Hope Olaide Wilson), Manny (Kwesi Boakye) and Byron (Frederick Siglar) — after Madea discovers them breaking into her house to steal a VHS player for food money. April has spent her life caring only about herself, which is why she’s willing to settle for married boyfriend Randy (Brian White), since he helps pay her bills.

April’s moral tug comes from Sandino (Adam Rodriguez), a Mexican handyman who helps care for the children with Christian selflessness; Marvin Winans as Pastor Brian of the nearby Zion Liberty Baptist Church; and Gladys Knight as Wilma, a woman who can bring equal verve to singing in both clubs and church without buckling under to sin. Her closest friend is played by Mary J. Blige.

All the actors bring their best skills to the table. Adam Rodriguez, of CSI Miami fame, brings his character to life in a moving dramatic scene, which is surely to invoke the life defining moment in the movie.  There are stirring singing performances by Tarji  P. Henson, Mary J. Blige, Gladys Knight and real-life pastor Marvin L. Winans .  Does the story seem believable? It is far more plausible than previous  Perry movies.  The themes of sin, change and redemption are recurrent in this movie. There is also the unveiling of a harsh truth that stuns the audience when the story takes an unexpected twist.

As for questionable content there is mild violence, adultery, mild nudity and some questionable language.

‎The length of movie is 1hr 53min‎‎ – Rated PG-13‎‎ (PG-13)

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