Tyler Perry’s Acrimony is in cinemas now and it’s causing a lot of controversy. In fact some people are warning couples not to watch it together so they don’t break up.
The movie tells the story of a woman who invested her whole life in a man who struggled and then eventually made it. She spent all the money her mother left her on his dreams and eventually even mortgaged her mother’s house to make him happy. Unfortunately for her, he made it after they divorced and then married someone else.
Some people think the man is to blame for wasting the woman’s life and that is open to interpretation. We don’t want to spoil the movie for those who haven’t watched it so you’ll decide that when you see it.
However, here are five relationship lessons we learnt from Tyler Perry’s Acrimony.
1. Get a life
As a woman, you should have plans for your own life. Have your own goals and dreams and plans for a fulfilled life. The only reason why she could spend all her energy and money for a man is because she didn’t have any dreams of her own. To avoid going crazy over a man, get yourself some dreams and chase them. Your dreams are valid too.
2. Don’t lose yourself
No matter how much you love someone, don’t lose yourself to please them. The woman in this movie was working two jobs to support her husband. Like what nonsense? And believe it or not, it’s super easy to put your own life on the back burner in the name of love. But sisters, biko wake up, do not abandon yourself and your own life to please someone else. You’re an individual with a life that matters. Love with all your heart yes, but don’t let it stop you from living your own life.
3. Anger is a destroyer
In Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, the young Taraji P. Henson had her womb and ovaries taken out because she damaged them while attacking her boyfriend for cheating. Because of this she couldn’t have children and it was all her fault. The person she was attacking moved on with his life but she was stuck with the results of her anger. Don’t let anger control you because you might end up hurting yourself more than anyone else.
4. Listen to advice but use your sense
Taraji’s husband was a bum for the most part and so it was okay for her family to be against him. However, at some point she allowed them to do her thinking for her and that caused her more harm than good. Listen to your family and friends when they want to advise you about your relationship, but at the end of the day, listen to your own gut. Don’t do anything that will make you blame your family later.
5. Don’t be a sore loser
Taraji demanded a divorce from her husband despite all his begging, but when he became a millionaire, she tried to get back with him. That’s just sad. If you leave a person’s life and things get better for them, don’t be sad or sore about it and don’t wish them evil or get jealous. Just get over it. It doesn’t make you stupid or a loser, it’s just how life is.
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