Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 02/12/2008 Run time: 118 minutes Rating: Nr
Tyler Perry mixes melodrama, social commentary, slapstick comedy, gospel music, and public health announcements in What's Done in the Dark... The lives of nurses, doctors, and patients of a city hospital get turned upside-down: A nurse discovers the doctor she's fooling around with is married; a faithful husband is diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease; the son of a nurse abandoned by her husband seeks desperate means to make money; and audience favorite Mr. Brown (David Mann), who's appeared in other Perry plays, comes to the hospital convinced that he's dying, dragging his long-suffering daughter Cora (Tamela Mann) along with him. What's Done in the Dark... is a production of a play, filmed before a live audience, so it doesn't have the visual dynamics of a movie, but the full-tilt, show-stopping gospel songs wouldn't have the same unbridled exuberance anywhere but on the stage. Perry's writing is rarely subtle, but What's Done in the Dark... is broader than usual--even longtime fans may find the cartoonish Nurse Trudy (D'Atra Hicks) a bit hard to take. Nonetheless, the play continues Perry's devotion to themes of love, respect, and the grace of God, as well as providing health information for the African-American community. And Mr. Brown, in his jarringly colorful clothes and silly malaprops, is a topnotch buffoon. His over-the-top theatrics are not for everyone, but fans won't be able to get enough of him. --Bret Fetzer
IT'S FUNNY AND SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM.... IT FUNNY,FUNNY FUNNY,FUN TO WATCH AND A GOOD LEARNING EXPERIENCE TO LEARN FROM,WHAT'S DONE IN THE DARK WILL ALWAYS COME TO LIGHT,NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION IS........more info
Wonderful Play! My husband and I treated my parents and younger cousin to this play when they came to Huntsville, AL. We laughed so hard at times and cried at others. Brown and Cora....oh my goodness. My mom and I hi-fived at another part....ladies you'll why. Typical for Tyler Perry's plays, it had wonderful messages and we all had a lot to talk about for the week. No, Madea is not in it, but I think it's worth buying....more info
Tyler Perry What can I say? Tyler Perry is the best. This was a great play.
what done in the dark the funniest DVDS i've BOUGHT in a long time pity that we are unable to buy these DVDs in England without going on an American website to purchase ...more info
what' done in the dark I TRULY LOVED THIS PLAY TO ME IT WAS OUTSTANDING. I NEVER BECOME TIRIED OF VIEWING THIS PLAY. WHAT A POSITIVE, UPLIFTING PLAY....more info
I'm glad I decided to buy it!!!!! When it came to Memphis in 2006, my play sister and I went to see it. Because the people sitting right behind us (a couple of course) talked and argued just about the whole play, we couldn't hardly hear and had just lost interest in the play. I ordered the play last week and got it yesterday. I went home and watched it and laughed sooooooo hard and got the many messages Tyler Perry wants us to get from it. It's enlightening and funny. This won't be a waste of your money. I can't wait to share and watch it with my family this weekend....more info
A disappointing show. Over-the-top "ghetto" I love Tyler Perry's work and finally broke down to buy this video last week-end.
What I liked:
Mr. Brown was OVER THE TOP! I laughed so hard at some of the scenes I had trouble going to sleep that evening. I mean crazy laughing. "Doc, you really need to make something of yourself."
Christian Keyes (is he for real???) and Brian Gentiles are...how shall I put it? Great to observe (of course, I mean their ACTING talents!)
The young nurse (sorry, I can't remember her name) and the older nurse (whose son played basketball) and Tamela Mann were all good, too.
What I couldn't stand (and why I won't share the movie with my family):
D'atra Hicks' character was terrible. Her hair, costuming, etc. were unfavorable, to put it mildly. Her silly, loud and obnoxious style were uncomfortable to watch. (What a difference from her skills in Madea's Family Reunion!?) Her chasing of the doctor was degrading and again, really hard to watch. (That couple was 100% unbelievable. There's NO WAY a fine, nice, successful doctor would take that type of woman anywhere -- not even for coffee. Sorry.) I agree with another reviewer, this is not typical of Tyler Perry's style. It is more typical of those low-budget plays (I would never go see.) Sorry, D'atra, but this one was not good (and I'm trying not to be too hard on you.)
I also had a problem with all of the story lines going on that didn't make sense. The high schooler going into the NBA after being shot, the overt affair going on & the wife's attitude, the cheating wife whose husband takes her right back, etc. -- it just didn't work for me.
Also, I'm not trying to be mean, but 90% of the women are extremely over weight in the play. That's a negative health issue in itself. The women are all pretty, but unhealthy. What message does that send?
Overall, I'll probably keep the movie (I'll watch the Mr. Brown scenes when I need a pick-me-up!) but I hope the next play (and I enjoy his plays more than any other thing he does. I've never been to them personally, but I love them (and I DON'T buy boot leg anything!)
P.S. One of my all-time favorite movies (of all-time but didn't I already say that?) is: Madea Goes to Jail (stage play.) LOVE IT! (Play versions of Madea's Family Reunion and I Can Do Bad All By Myself coming in right after.)
Just OK As a huge Tyler Perry fan I wanted to enjoy this play much more than I did. Brown is always funny and is the reason I gave it 3 stars, without him it would have only been 3 stars. The characters and the storylines where not well thought out, or acted well. Too many stories going on and none of them seemed to make a great deal of sense to the overall story. There also were too many instances where things were just unbelievable. A married man who has caught VD from his cheating wife does not immediately kiss and make up. A high school basketball player does not go from getting shot to signing with the NBA straight from the hospital. The overly suggestive nurse does not in the end get the Dr. most men like to chase not be chased, and finally the cheating chief Dr. and his wife were just plain obnoxious, annoying and totally unbelievable. All in all if it were not for Brown and his antics this wouldn't even be worth watching....more info
If your a Tyler Perry fan than buy it. I am a Tyler Perry fan so it was only natural to add this my collection. It's the usual TP stage fare. So if your a fan, then just buy it....more info
HILARIOUS-A MUST SEE//AGAIN I SAW THIS PLAY WHEN IT CAME TO CHARLOTTE,NC'S OVENS AUDITORIUM. IT WAS HILARIOUS AND BOY DID I LAUGH SO HARD. I LOVED THE SINGING AS ALWAYS AND DESPITE MADEA NO BEING IN THIS ONE, BROWN MADE IT HAPPEN. MY GIRLFRIENDS AND I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL TYLER GOES BACK ON THE ROAD AND PUTS OUT ANOTHER PLAY. KUDOS TO THE CAST BECAUSE THEY REALLY PUT IT DOWN. I ALMOST WET MY PANTS DURING THE SCENE WHEN BROWN GOES TO THE MD'S OFFICE (I WON'T GIVE IT AWAY, BUT GO TO THE BATHROOM FIRST!) THIS IS A GREAT BUY. I HAVE BOUGHT 5 FOR FAM AND FRIENDS. LOL
Tyler Perry does it again! This is another in a long line of witty and carefully crafted plays from Tyler Perry. His comedic genius is interlaced with the morals and values that have been absent from our modern media. It's a welcome addition to any library!...more info
HATED IT !!! Wow this was a terrible play !! I agree with what another reviewer said about the portrayal of black women in this play. They were loud, gossipy, ignorant at times, and just plain messy. D'Atra Hicks (Jackie from the Family Reunion play) was in this. She was so strong and reserved and classy in Family Reunion, but I could barely watch her here. She looked terrible and she was loud and obnoxious. And maybe this was how Tyler wanted her charachter portrayed, but it only lends to my belief that black women were portrayed in a negative light.
I stopped the DVD at about 15 minutes at first, and then I restarted it and just fast-forwarded through the moments D'atra Hicks was on stage.
Something to get you Thinking! I enjoyed what's done in the dark, it was funny but it could have been funnier. One thing for sure your deeds will find you out no matter who you are or what title you may hold, when you think you have got by with the wrong you have done just look around the corner and it will be their....more info
Great I thought the movie was great. I watched it four times over and over again. This is a movie that really hits home....more info
Mr Brown! You know, any movie you put Mr. Brown in is an instant hit. You will find yourself fast forwarding to his parts! The acting is funny, especially by the nurses, and the Men are very easy on the eyes :). The story lines are easily predictable and could use some creativity, but I love the stageplay....more info
What's Done in the Dark It begins slow, but becomes hilarious when Brown enters. One character who plays a nurse is over dramatic and acts too silly when the new doctor arrives. She has dated the doctor before in college and have three children, but she acts like a teenager. Brown brings a lot of laughter to the show. ...more info
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!! This play was very disappointing to me. As a black woman, I am offended at the perception of black women at this point in his plays. I have bought his plays in the past to support him in hopes of better character development of the women. If what was displayed in this play is how he views women and the type of interaction he incurs, that is a sad circle. I have met plenty of women from various scopes of life and have never encountered a woman acting so desperate for a man. The more I watch of his plays, the more I feel he has put black women in the "stereotypical" role this society has already placed on us. This play is as predictable as the previous plays. Please no more lines from "The Color Purple." A little comedy goes a long way....more info
Whats Done Inthe Dark What's Done in the Dark... The quality of the DVD I received was good. I reccommend this DVD to anyone whom wants a good laugh. I laughed until I almost cried....more info
What's Done In the Dark Awesome play but you really don't expect less from Tyler Perry. Great cast although some of the acting seemed a little over dramatic. And at times some of the dialogue used was not original. Overall great. Fan of Tyler Perry an dhis people and will be for time to come....more info
Mr. Brown Saved This Mess! The ONLY reason to see this play is because of Mr. Brown. (Okay, and maybe the cute doctor.)
Three reasons I didn't like What's Done in the Dark: The health infomercial preaching, partially recycled script, and Nurse Trudy.
I get it! I get it! Diabetes, AIDS, STDs, cancer, heart problems, and high blood pressure=bad. Early check-ups, eating right, exercise=good. But I didn't tune in for the heavy-handed health sermon that saturated the whole play and made me roll my eyes and say, "Ah. Here we go again!" It's the same reaction the character Mike had in Perry's movie Why Did I Get Married when Perry's character Terry started spouting the stats on AIDS/HIV cases. It's so blatant that it takes you out of the movie/play, though well-meaning it may seem. Subtlety is thy friend! I know this play was set in a hospital, but that doesn't excuse the over-the-top health sermonizing.
Then there was the partially recycled plot. I don't know which came first, but those of us who saw the movie Meet the Browns will recognize Brenda's storyline. It was like watching a rerun.
Finally, there's Nurse Trudy. I've not seen D'atra Hicks in anything else, and maybe she's a good actress; but not here. It was overacting to the extreme. The growling and yelling just made no sense to me. Latrice Pace was a much better actress and was funny and realistic with a much more subdued performance.
As always, though, David Mann's Mr. Brown saved this Madea-less play. Tamala Mann and a few of the others who have been with Perry for some time showed that they had grown as performers and were quite good. Perhaps Hicks and some of the other first-timers will get there. For now, Mr. Brown was the funniest of the crew and saved this play from being a one-star performance (or no star, if I could do that). He also does a fantastic job in the bonus features, especially the final interview....more info
I LOVE all Tyler Perry movies and plays but..... I have to be honest this play was long there were some funny parts here and there. I feel asleep and when I woke up I saw Mr. Brown and Cora had came into the picture and thats when it was really funny. Mr. Brown and Cora made the movie. I really believe Tyler Perry movies and plays are better when he is in them just like for instance when House of Payne first started it wasn't really that good (it has improved) but when Madea was on there like one or two epsidoes it was really good. I love Tyler Perry and will always support his movies and plays so if you feel the same way you should buy this DVD....more info
He did it again Tyler Perry has done it again. I just love watching this over and over again without getting tired of watching it. This play hits home with some of the situations, and will keep you laughing all the way through....more info
Mr. Brown is a fool Love Tyler Perry plays and movies and tv shows. Mr. Brown is great to watch right along with Madea....more info
I really did not like it.... I felt obligated to write a good review about this play since I am very much a Tyler Perry fan but I truly just did not like this play. If it was really about health disparities, I think he should have emphasized it more. I mean, he made me happy by putting Christian Keyes, Ryan Gentles and svelte Terrell Carter in the play but other than them and of course, David and Tamela Mann, everything else fell short. I think I mostly did not like D'Atra Hicks' performance because it was just too much. What man who got a medical degree from Yale would be interested in a woman so CRAZY! And she was so demure in Family Reunion that I was shocked this was the same woman. Her character was just tooo crazy. The plot seemed rushed and points were not focused upon long enough to make them stick.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVED "Why did I get Married," the movie. It is probably Tyler's best work but when he brings movies out too quickly after the other, he falters. For instance, compare Family Reunion and Daddy's Little Girls. Also, Why Did I Get Married and Meet the Browns (he really should not have cast Rick Fox in that movie at all--terrible move). I hope he realizes this; when his movies come out too quickly after another, one pales in comparison and quality suffers. I truly hope he realizes this and takes time to write and produce his plays and movies so that the Tyler Perry can remain above the standard....more info
HAHAHA , VERY FUNNY YET GOSELP IT IS VERY FUNNY BUT A LOT OF SONGS, I TOOK OFF ONE STAR BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF SONGS BUT IT STILL FUNNY THAT I REALLY DO ENJOYING. BUT I STILL WISH IT WENT ON LONGER SO I COULD SEE WHAT HAPPEN WHEN A MAN KISSED HER IN THE END. MR. BROWN WAS FUNNIER OF THE ALL THAT GOT ME FALL OFF , ON THE FLOOR AND LAUGHED HARD. MY FAMILY ASKED IF I WAS OKAY? BUT IT AIN'T BAD AS "MADEA'S CLASS REUNION" IF U ASKED THAT HAS MORE SONGS. THEY ARE THE WORSE ONE THAT HAS A LOT OF SONGS THAN THIS ONE . THIS MOVIE IS HAVING ONLY PROBABLY 3 OR 5 SONGS BUT IT REALLY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL . I ONLY BOUGHT IT IN A USED SECTION...IT WAS RECORDED LIKE A NEW! IT IS BECAUSE i ORDERED FOR IT TO BE USED THAT IS LIKE NEW , SO FOR A LOWER PRICE BE SURE TO ORDER USED THAT IS LIKE NEW OR GOOD. IT WILL WORK GOOD! NO SCRATCH! NOTHING! FRONTCOVER ON DVD LOOKS PREFECTLY NEW! ...more info
and not because Madea was missing..... I love (and laugh with) Tyler Perry's work. I thought this production was a bit uneven, although the principles "taught" are very worthwhile. And of course, Mr Brown's misspeak is always a hoot. I would give it a B-, and would recommend it to anyone already familiar with TP works. If this had been the first I had seen, well, I would maybe or maybe not have made a point of seeing other DVDs. As it was, I purchased this on the strength of what I had perviously enjoyed....more info
okay It was okay. I expected better. I'm a huge fan of Tyler Perry's productions. I didn't really like this play....more info
Stereotypes Contrary to those who think that recasting negative stereotypes into something laughable gives you control, lessens the impact or gets rid of the stereotype - it doesn't work. The problems embedded in stereotyping still exist. The road to productive black pride is hard and contentious and is not found in pandering to sit-n-watch entertainment escapism. The producers, directors, actors & writers of film and televised programs that make money off of scripts of this type are no different than the black-faced vaudevillians of the late early 1900s. ...more info
I'm a sagittarius...I mean a vegetarian! I bought this play after seeing the previews on "Why Did I Get Married?" movie, and honestly, I wanted the movie just to grin at Christian Keyes and Ryan Gentles again. To this day, my friends and family (including myself) still speculate on who's finer between the two. Thumbs up to two very gorgeous men!
Pros: Mr. Brown made this play! Every single time he came out with those terrible outfits on, I covered my eyes and cracked up. The best part of the whole play was when he pulled the scene from Mortal Kombat and pulled out a heart but him acting like Michael Jackson was a close second. Now THAT was funny! The doctor's visits and "Cora got a boyfriend" was cute too. I thought Christian Keyes' character had a point about showing receipts for child support--that's fair. I dug the story about the Lovetts, and the issues with STDs because it's so relevant, and I hope people started getting tested, especially considering the two characters were supposed to be married. Chantell Christopher is always entertaining at whatever role she plays. Last but not least, I LOVED the scene of the doctor rubbing the kiss on his lips. Tyler Perry definitely knows how to pick the guys in the film--eye candy all around, but if I rewatch this movie, I'm fast-forwarding to all of Mr. Brown's scenes first. Everybody who buys this DVD, please watch "Mr. Brown Introduces the Cast" and "Mr. Brown Goes Shopping." I was too amazed at his clothes to even laugh up until he talked about "Golden Girls." Hilarious! If I could rate this movie on Mr. Brown alone, it'd be five stars. However...
Cons: Some of the jokes in this play are recycled, such as the one about "going Charlotte, North Carolina." That reminded me of "Madea Goes to Jail" when Madea said she had to "get back to Conyers [GA] where [I] knew somebody" and telling the one guy he looks like he's from Augusta. The location jokes were cool the first round, but it's time to let that die now.
There was also a comment that the single mother made about $25 for her ex-fling to spend time with their son. This was similar to a scene in "Meet the Browns," as well as the Dad coming back when the son blew up. Speaking of the son, he was about my age, so I was completely confused when his mother was talking to him like he was in high school. They couldn't find anybody who looked like he was in high school? The guy was cute, but I didn't buy the high school age he was going for.
The songs were excellent, and I enjoyed all of the singers' voices, but as soon as they started doing runs, it was driving me nuts. I hate it when people oversing a song. Patti LaBelle fans love this kind of stuff, but I don't think it's necessary to sing the same note for 20 minutes. However, BEFORE the runs, I'd give all the songs a 10!
That whole speech about what you can't get receipts for as a mother was a bunch of nonsense because all of that would be done regardless of child support. I wish she would've named something that involved money (ex. school funds, food, shelter, transportation to and from school, babysitter, diapers, clothes, shoes, college savings, allowance).
The one nurse who kept making passes at the doctor was doing a whole lot of overacting and making goofy noises. After the first couple of times, it was extremely annoying, complete overkill, and she needs to learn comedic timing. She could've been so funny if she'd have calmed down just a little. I'm surprised Tyler Perry didn't critique that because he has great timing with Madea's character and Madea's brother Joe.
One last thing: Why would someone keep calling their father "Mr. Brown"?...more info
What's done in the dark We saw this play at Symphony Hall in Newark, NJ. I laughed hard throughout this play. I hope D'atra Hicks was at the recorded performance. She tore up her song at the end of the play..... This play was really funny especially Mr. Brown. Can't wait to see the dvd......more info