Frank Capra, one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful directors of the 1930s, called his autobiography “The Name Above the Title.” Tyler Perry, not so critically acclaimed but definitely commercially successful, could call his “The Name in the Title.”
“Tyler Perry’s Temptation” wasn’t screened in advance for reviewers. Perry movies don’t need to be. They’re movies about middle-class African-Americans, a group otherwise ignored by Hollywood, and seeing that name in a title guarantees the interest of that group. Perry may be a niche filmmaker, but it’s a niche he has all to himself.