Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? is a sequel, but you don't need to have watched 2007's Why Did I Get Married? to understand what's going on. In fact, you barely need to watch this one to understand what's going on. In accordance with his usual style, Perry spells things out very clearly: This character is Good, that one is Eeeee-vil, these events are Happy, these events are Sad. Picture three weeks of daytime soap opera episodes, crammed into two hours.

The premise is that four well-to-do Atlanta couples take a retreat once a year to evaluate their marriages and improve their relationships. Terry (Tyler Perry) and Dianne (Sharon Leal) are blissfully happy, with two little kids at home. Angela (Tasha Smith) and Marcus (Michael Jai White) fight constantly, probably because he's a serial cheater and she's a belligerent lush. Patricia (Janet Jackson), a bestselling self-help author, and her husband, Gavin (Malik Yoba), appear to be happy but are obviously concealing something. And Sheila (Jill Scott) is here with her new husband, Troy (Lamman Rucker), a decent man who's a welcome replacement for her ex, the loathsome Mike (Richard T. Jones).

The four couples are in the Bahamas this year. (It was Colorado last time. In the winter. I don't know what they were thinking.) But no sooner have they arrived at their luxurious beach house than Mike the loathsome ex-husband shows up! What is HE doing here?? He says he owns part of the time-share -- apparently this is a time-share? -- and for some reason he insists on using it NOW, staying in the same house as the four couples, even though all four women and at least one of the men hate him, and even though being around his ex-wife makes him miserable. It doesn't make any sense. No one would do this. Mike wouldn't try it, and the others wouldn't stand for it. It's as contrived and moronic as any plot device I've seen this year. (To be fair, I haven't seen The Bounty Hunter.)