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Perry’s new ‘Single Moms’ film

Single moms have always been showcased on the big screen, but they have never been given their own platform. Tyler Perry changed this with his new film “The Single Mom’s Club,” which debuted in theatres last Friday.

The film centers on the lives of five women, one of which was played by “Best Man Holiday” actress Nia Long, who each come from different backgrounds.

They all have one thing in common: they are all single moms. The films starts out by showing the women’s lives and how they got to this point, either through divorce, failed relationships or career-driven lifestyles.

These women would have never met if not for their children whose moms, due to their hectic work schedules, forgot to pick up one day from school.

Their children, led by Nia Long’s son, were caught damaging school property. Each child’s house was called, and each mom was scheduled to meet at a Parent Teacher conference.

As a result of their children’s bad behavior, the mothers were ordered to work to together on a project related to the kids.

In doing so they bonded over their issues as single mothers, and eventually started the Single Mom’s Club.

The movie , though comical, touched on some serious topics these women face. New relationships, pain from old relationships, and co-parenting were all discussed in the movie.

Guessing by the reactions of the audience, a lot of women could relate to these struggles.

Another key issue one of the mothers dealt with was introducing their child to a new love interest.

Many women can relate to this problem.some manage to make things work but others do not succeed; their child or their man may not warm up to each other in the ways she initially hoped.

Overall, women with help from the group found that they still have kinks to work out in their own parenting.

Tyler Perry does not reprise his role as Madea in the film, but look for him and Eddie Cibrian, the husband of country music star Leann Rhymes to play other significant roles in the film.

The Single Mom’s Club definitely opened my eyes to a lot of things, many of which I already knew but never truly understood.

I took my mom to see the movie, because yes I still hang out with mine from time to time but she just so happened to be a single mom at one point in her life as well.

This film  serves to help women in this position understand they are not alone; in the process of raising their kids they have to lead lives of their own, and have fun while doing it.

If nothing else, this film showcased that being a single mom is not a death sentence. It can actually be one of the most challenging yet rewarding  experiences.

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