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Blu-ray Review: Nobody’s Fool

February 12, 2019

By John Corrado

★★ (out of 4)

Danica (Tika Sumpter) is a successful career woman who seems to have her life together, with a good office job at a marketing firm and a steady online relationship with her dream man, whom she has never even met.

But Danica’s life is upended when her unhinged sister Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) gets out of jail and comes to live with her. Suspecting that something is off with Danica’s internet boyfriend, Tanya comes to the conclusion that her sister is being catfished.

This is the premise of Nobody’s Fool, a new film written and directed by Tyler Perry, that functions as both a look at how online dating has complicated relationships, and also serves as an odd spinoff of sorts to the MTV reality show Catfish, even featuring appearances from hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph.

For the most part, this is a fairly standard romantic comedy that runs a little on the long side at close to two hours and doesn’t do as much with its premise as it could have, but the cast ensures that the film is not without some amusing and entertaining moments. Sumpter makes for a likeable lead, and Haddish can be quite funny when she is allowed to just let loose. The cast is rounded out by fine supporting turns from Omari Hardwick as the charming owner of a coffee shop who has a crush on Danica and graciously gives Tanya a job; Whoopi Goldberg as the pothead mother of the two sisters; and Amber Riley as Danica’s best friend and co-worker.

It’s not great, and you will likely be able to tell where it’s going to end up from a mile away, but Nobody’s Fool is still mildly enjoyable at times thanks to the best efforts of its cast, and if all you’re looking for is something light and mindless with a few laughs, then it might do the trick. Fans of Tyler Perry’s usual brand of comedy should like it, even if it’s only really worth a rental at best.

The Blu-ray also includes an intro by Perry and Haddish, a selection of deleted, extended and alternate scenes, a gag reel, nine featurettes (Tale of Two Sisters, The Legend and the Star, Mocha Latte Extra Laughs, I’m Just Trusting Tyler Perry, She Ready or Not: Here Comes the Wedding Crasher, Bring the Funny, and Breakfast With Tiffany), and a pair of faux commercials for the film.

Nobody’s Fool is a Paramount Home Media Distribution release. It’s 110 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: February 12th, 2019

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