I have to admit, Tyler Perry is not one of my favorite directors. In fact, if you want to see my growl or give a side eye just bring him up in conversation in regards to cinema auteurs. I have a love/hate relationship with his films. On one side, I love his business genius, his hustle, the fact that he knows his market and churns out work like a robot. My hat goes off, and I nod in admiration/respect. However, when it comes to the screenwriting and the films...only a few do I mind watching for the 5th time on TBS.
With his latest film, Mr. Perry has put another notch under his belt. Nine films that he has directed have grossed $20 million in the opening weekend. So although he doesn't come up in my list of top 5 directors, and maybe any cinephile's list, he does need to be celebrated and respected more. The fact is, whoever is in your top 5, Mr. Perry is doing just as well as them...if not better when it comes to the bottom line. Check out Film Gordon's article on "The Tao of Tyler" for more information.