Life Facts from the movie “Acrimony”

Tyler Perry’s Acrimony was given a warm welcome by movie lovers, but there have been a lot of interesting arguments and questions asked. Now please understand I am NOT a movie reviewer.  “Smiles”…….But for real.

As a movie lover I must tell you that Tyler Perry made realistic points with this movie. This movies completely dismissed MENTAL ILLNESS and in the end the “evil” character gets what’s coming to her. But it’s her mental illness that blows everything out of proportion and neither her sisters or friends GOT HER HELP.
Melinda, played by Taraji Henson, narrating the story at a therapist’s office, (which a judge ordered her to attend as part of a sentence that will keep her out of jail for stalking her ex-husband and fiancee). Melinda admits several times that she does have an explosive way of dealing with her anger and everyone knows “she’s crazy”. In another scene she makes an attempt to own her behavior but it’s more like bragging. She talks about “her crazy” like she’s proud of it. Throughout her narration of events, any time the therapist asks her a question about her behavior, Melinda gets very defensive, unwilling to see if or how she caused or helped to cause any of this. Plus She’s also a chain smoker….LOL! Not a good coping skill for stress.
Melinda’s mom dies and leaves her a house with no mortgage note and $350,000. Soon after her mom’s death Melinda buys Robert a car and pays cash for it. Soon after that, Robert goes two days without calling her so after dinner she drives to Robert’s (her then boyfriend who later she married), place only to confirm that Robert was cheating on her. Robert lived in a trailer. Melinda is so enraged that she backs up her Jeep Wrangler and rams it into the trailer several times. The trailer tips over and as she’s arguing outside with Robert she passes out. In the next scene she’s having surgery because the impact caused her ovaries to rupture and have internal bleeding. This leads to a full hysterectomy at such a young age. Melinda actually married Robert……sounds crazy to me tho…..Her sisters won’t attend her wedding, cos they think she’s crazy just like I thought to.Robert has dreams of that an invention he’s been working on since college, will one day make them rich. He sells her on his dreams. He talks about buying a penthouse, a yacht named after her and a beautiful wedding ring (because Robert proposed with a fake ring). Years passed and Robert never got a job. After his college graduation, (she paid $74,000 for his last 2 semesters), he went on three job interviews that could have yielded 6 figure incomes but when he didn’t get any of the jobs, he admits to Melinda that he committed a crime in a gang when he was 15 and he was tried as an adult. He said he hoped it would have fallen off his record but it didn’t. This is his “excuse”, I mean reason…TO HER SISTERS SOUNDED, LIKE HE WAS A LAZY ASS…and he never goes out to look for work again. He stays at home and slowly his dream drains the $350,000 Melinda’s mom left her. After all the money is depleted, he talks Melinda into mortgaging the house. This is the house her mom left her and the one they’ve been living in. Melinda takes on two jobs because she doesn’t want her sisters to know that they’re in trouble financially.
Later in the movie, Melinda files for divorce under an allegation of cheating. Melinda’s sister found a woman’s wallet in his work truck but it really wasn’t that at all. However, it just happens to be the same girl he cheated with when they were in college. THIS adds fuel to Melinda’a anger and well…Melinda divorced Robert in a mediation hearing where he shows up late because he doesn’t have a car. With tears in his eyes he tells her he loves…WELL HE REALLY DID LOVE HER…he says he didn’t cheat on her, (which he didn’t) and asks that she look at him. But she closes her eyes and doesn’t even acknowledge him.
Soon after their divorce Robert’s life changes when his invention takes off and he receives a $75,000,000 check.  He shows up to her job with roses and thanks her for loving him and believing in him. He hands her a $10,000,000 check and the keys to her mom’s house, which they lost in foreclosure and he went and bought it back for her.
He then gets engaged and Melinda stalks him and the new woman on social media. Melinda becomes enraged every time they post new pictures of the life that she believes should have been hers and her rage drives her until the end of the movie…You’ll really have to watch the movie to see how this all plays out.

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Now here are my points and questions:
• Melinda had unresolved anger issues.
• Melinda had undiagnosed mental illness.
• Melinda NEVER took responsibility for her own “pimping” or being used by Robert
• Melinda had NO BOUNDARIES. She NEVER enforced ANY.
• Because of this she SETTLED for Robert who spoke wonderfully but his actions didn’t align with his words.
• Because she had no standards for herself she didn’t set any for Robert, as in asking him to look for a job, felony on his record or not.
• Melinda didn’t know how to communicate.
• Melinda had low self worth though her inflated sense of self made her appear to have high self worth… She had high self esteem which was all smoke and mirrors.
• Melinda lived in state of denial. About herself and about Robert and alienated herself and Robert from her sisters so they wouldn’t really see what was going on.
• Melinda painted ONLY the picture she wanted her sisters to believe just like she did at the therapist’s office.
• Robert felt “entitled”.
• Robert made excuses.
• Robert was a manipulator.
• Robert didn’t want to WORK to help finance his OWN DREAM.
• Robert didn’t attempt to even make this a marriage. However, he enjoyed the benefits of her money.
• Robert didn’t know how to juggle priorities so every time Melinda was mad he would beg her not to give up on him now.
• Robert wanted Melinda to “defend” him to her sisters but there was no defending him. He really was everything her sisters said he was.
• But also, it was beneficial for Melinda’s sisters not to like him. That way they wouldn’t want to come over to see the extent of her ENABLING him.
• The only thing Robert was committed to was his invention. (but at his wife’s expense).
• In some way Robert also had low self worth. I mean, he wasn’t being a man.
• Robert’s mom died when he was young. His father was in prison. So I’ll safely assume that he had mommy issues and was looking for someone to fill that role. And he certainly didn’t have a male role model in his life to teach him how to be a man.
My questions are:
Is Melinda not patient enough for Robert’s dreams to come true?
Was Robert lazy in the middle of his “hope for the best”?
Were Melinda’s sisters wrong with the leave the lazy ass advice?
or what if melinda stayed with Robert and he never made it?
I want to tell you that this movie is so real. That’s why so many women could relate. Isn’t it time you learned a new roadmap to attract the relationship and opportunities YOU LOVE into your life? YOU CHOOSE. You are responsible for your life. No one does anything to you that you won’t tolerate.
You can leave your answers and comments in the comment box…CHEERS


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I go by the name Jesufemi, “wait shay I can’t use like boi_flavi”..well just do it anyhow it’ll be cool So graduated from oou as an agric engr student I am a content writer and web developer, I love writing and reading and football and movies.. I am single “Hoping That bisade will gree for me one day”

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