Acrimony
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Acrimony

For all Taraji P. Henson fans out there – and I’m a card-carrying, dues-paid-up member of the club – the bad news is that her latest feature, following on the Mudbound heels of this year’s hitwoman horror show Proud Mary, sucks this glorious actress down into more cinematic quicksand. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, presumably titled to set it apart from your acrimony or mine, is a female revenge saga packed with so much hysteria that it could set back the burgeoning #MeToo movement a beat or two. Showcasing Henson in this crass ripoff of Fatal Attraction is like shoving a comet in a shoebox. You can see Henson wants to fly. But she keeps getting her wings clipped.

Henson plays Melinda Gayle, a good woman done wrong by a male pig. He’s Robert (a laser-eyed Lyriq Bent), a wolf in lamb’s clothing who smooth talks Melinda out of her money On My Skin and her pride. He’s been doing it for so long that college-age versions of Melinda and Robert are trotted out in the persons of Ajiona Alexus and Antonio Madison. In the present, she’s been sentenced to anger-management counseling for stalking him, and tried to kill Robert once by smashing her car into his camper (to be fair, he’d been screwing around). The worst part: This futile attempt only results in her sustaining injuries that will prevent her from getting pregnant.

Still with us? Melina is in a rage – we know because she tells us so in voiceovers that conjure up Henson’s Cookie from Empire, but without the cheeky wit and inner strength. The Mummy It seems that this lying, cheating bastard has been looting her inheritance to finance his invention, a self-charging battery. No one wants this innovation, until of course they do, and by then Melinda is divorced and Robert’s new love, Diana (Crystle Stewart), is enjoying the fruits of his ex’s seed money.

Duration: 120 min

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IMDb: 5.5

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