News update." data-reactid="11"s alum Jurnee Smollett, Lance Gross, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones and Kim Kardashian in a drama about a married marriage counselor (Smollett) who falls into a relationship with a rich client (Jones), and the myriad ethical complications that arise.The pic is set for a March 29, 2013 release and there’s plenty more in the Tyler Perry Studios-Lionsgate pipeline: the studio already has set dates for the Perry-written and -directed untitled Madea’s Christmas film (December 13, 2013) and Raunch Rules!Consistent with most of Perry’s films, craft contributions are adequate but undistinguished, with occasional overhead shots of metro D. adding a dollop of location flavor to otherwise obvious Georgia soundstage shooting. Akens, II; set decorator, Dane Moore; costume designer, Johnetta Boone; sound (Dolby Digital/Datasat), Chris Durfy; re-recording mixers, Joe Barnett, Marshall Garlington; assistant director, Chip Signore; second unit director, Paul Hall; casting, Kim Taylor-Coleman.Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor A Lionsgate release presented with TPS of a TPS/Lionsgate production. Executive producers, Michael Paseornek, Mike Upton. Directed, written by Tyler Perry, based on his stage play “The Marriage Counselor.” Camera (Deluxe color, HD, widescreen), Alexander Gruszynski; editor, Maysie Hoy; music, Aaron Zigman; music supervisor, Joel C. Cast: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones, Renee Taylor, Ella Joyce, Brandy Norwood.The devil is in the details — or perhaps under the bed sheets — in “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor,” a ludicrous marital drama-cum-morality play from contemporary black cinema’s most prolific multihyphenate.Significantly lacking in star wattage (including Perry’s own), this sluggish, relentlessly downbeat portrait of a young couple in crisis should play well to Perry’s fanbase, but won’t draw anywhere near Madea-sized crowds at a very competitive Easter box office.
Framed as the titular “confession,” related by a marriage counselor to her latest client, “Temptation” introduces childhood sweethearts Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Brice (Lance Gross), married for several years and living in Washington, D.Which makes her the perfect catnip for Harley (Robbie Jones), a social-media billionaire who comes calling ostensibly to invest in Janice’s company, but quickly makes a bigger bid to get Judith into the sack.From there, “Temptation” takes a sharp right turn toward the smugly moralistic.Harley isn’t just a snake in Judith’s middle-class Eden.With his Internet billions, he promises to set her up in the private marriage counseling practice she’s always dreamed of, proves chivalrous (nearly pummeling a cyclist who accidentally runs into Judith in a park) where Brice is cowardly, takes her for rides in his Ferrari and Rolls, and eventually entreats her on to his private plane — a one-way ticket to the Mile High Club.