Tika Sumpter and Tiffany Haddish star in Tyler Perry’s bumpy romantic comedy
An unequal, but forgivable, romantic comedy, “Nobody’s Fool” by Tyler Perry is fine once he settles into his rhythm and decides what he wants to be.
Tika Sumpter plays Danica, a successful advertising executive in New York. She has a list of what she is looking for in a man, and she thinks she has found those things with her boyfriend, whom she only knows over the internet and phone calls.
But why can not he never video chat? That leads to her sister Tanya (Tiffany Haddish, a house on fire as always) to believe she is being “kidnapped”, so she calls the crew of “Catfish” of MTV (Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, playing themselves) for verification.
Frank (Omari Hardwick of “Power”), meanwhile, is the friendly neighborhood coffee man who is in love with Danica, but he can not make her give him the time of day because she is worried about his list. Whoopi Goldberg, meanwhile, is on the periphery as the mother of Danica and Tanya, who is usually too tall to understand what is going on.
The writer and director Perry changes gear several times, emphasizing the plot of Tanya and throwing a wild red herring to the fish-fishing plot before finally focusing on the story of Danica and Frank. Sumpter and Hardwick have a strong chemistry together, even though Perry films his love scene as a corny Cinemax connection from the 1980s (he burst out laughing at a preliminary hearing).
Once he gets out of his own way, Perry finds his foot as he immerses himself in the notions of our flight expectations in the face of the reality that lies before us. Then he builds a great romantic gesture, accompanied by a retro pop song, which goes a long way in a romantic comedy. Find what works and leave it on high: even this “fool” knows it.