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Analyze This | The Brothers from Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds Decoded

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds movie opened in theaters a few weeks ago, and although I was planning to see the movie during opening weekend, I became very ill and could not make it to the theater. 🙁 Once I finally did, I discovered that the movie was far more than what was on the surface. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds is a movie that is filled with a host of life experiences that we can all relate to in one form or another. This is not more evident than with the characters Wesley Deeds, played by Tyler Perry, and his brother Walter Deeds, played by actor Brian White. In what will be a two-part series, I will (without spilling the beans of the storyline of the movie! 🙂) decode the anatomy of the Deeds brothers, and show how their life experiences are very parallel to some of our own.

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I will first begin with the character Walter Deeds. He is Wesley’s younger brother.

 

Walter Deeds was very confident in his skills and abilities. He was also very assured of the weight of his contributions. However his skills and contributions were almost always overshadowed by others, sometimes going unrecognized. It made me think of how often in life do we feel the very same way: that our talents go unnoticed, or our contributions are overshadowed by other factors (or people), be it in the professional realm or the personal realm. I also thought about how dealing with such a thing can be extremely difficult.

 

In addition to having to deal with being under-appreciated, Walter Deeds also watched as others lived out the dreams that he yearned for. Carrying a huge load of pain and frustration, he really didn’t know how to properly handle it, which led to him engaging in self-destructive and sabotaging behaviors. I pondered how many of us allow our emotions and life circumstances to get the best of us, and we find ourselves acting out instead of taking the actions needed to either resolve our problems completely, or at the very least try to make them better. In times when we are unsure of how to do that or even where to start, I wondered how many of us actually seek outside sources for additional help before things get too severe.

 

(Photo Credit: Tyler Perry Studios)

 

Even though Walter was not too fond of being protected by his family, he expected it. In his mind, it was a given that no matter what his situation or action, his family would always be readily available to come to his aid and pick up the pieces. This convenience became more of a crutch for Walter than it did a help, and a huge burden for his family. It made me reflect on how much we rely on the availability and agreement of our family, friends, business partners, etc. for our problems. I thought about how such dependence can cause us to place a low value on their time and take their care and love for us for granted. I wondered how often we consider their feelings or what we may be putting them through with our behaviors, or if we even try to explore other solutions that would be better for both parties involved.

 

Walter Deeds had many issues, but he also had many pains—pains that he wasn’t sure how to tackle, and those who were closest to him were not sure how to assist with. Like Walter, many of us are dealing with life situations where we are experiencing the same dilemma. No matter what the problem may be, it is important to stop and take time to do serious self-reflection. Think about what is taking place, the way that it may be impacting you and those around you, and what can be done to make changes. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help if needed. The moment that you do, you will find that it will make life a lot better for everyone—especially for yourself.

 

Have you ever had one of the experiences or thougts listed above? If so, how did you deal with them? What are your ways of managing such feelings? Share with me below or tell me about it at: melisasource@yahoo.com.

(additional photo credit: BET)

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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melistar
melistar

All of your points are very true. I can also imagine that part of his problems also came from being the youngest. Especially since his brother was so successful. I can identify completely with some of these points you made.:)

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Reply to  melistar

Greetings: Yes I agree that was another element to his problems as well. The pressure of “measuring up” and the stress and frustration of not having his efforts to do so recognized. Yet another thing added to the ‘boiling pot’ of his emotions. I am glad that you were able to identify with these elements of his character–I truly do believe that is what Tyler Perry wanted the audience to take away from the character of Walter Deeds. ~Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

Harleena Singh@Freelance Writer

Nice post Makeba! Yes indeed, the character played by Walter sure does relate to our lives where our talents go unoticed or we get overshadowed by others. This does lead us to an emotional or semi-destructive state, and its something not easy to deal with! And surely we do depend upon our freinds and family for all the help or support that we need- I wonder how I would carry on without them myself! Most of us like Walter don’t have a smooth cushy life, nor is life ever a bed of roses. However, we all have to live our… Read more »

Makeba Giles
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Greetings: Yes I totally agree that was another element that he had to his character–here he was with a very affluent upbringing and I’m sure the same education and access to opportunities as his brother, yet he was in the position that he was, while his brother was on the opposite end of the spectrum. I’m sure that was yet another weight that added to his emotions about his life, which pushed him to act out even more. He looked to his family as his sole resource for resolve of his problems instead of taking the responsibility of trying to… Read more »

RetroFlirt

I still haven’t seen this movie. Tyler Perry always has a way of picking actors and actresses who can directly relate to the character they’re playing in the movie with their own personal life. Like, with Janet Jackson using the scene where she smashed up everything in the house to help her get the aggression out with the loss of her brother.

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Reply to  RetroFlirt

Greetings: It is so true that Tyler Perry always picks the best actors for the roles in his movies–I agree about Janet Jackson’s role in the ‘Why Did I Get Married’ series of movies. Like you said, especially with the last one. She has often said in interviews that particular scene in the movie was very therapeutic for her, as she could relate to the pain and anger that her character was feeling and channeled those emotions to perform her scene. Because it was so powerful, I’m sure that it helped others who were expericing similar pain or loss during… Read more »

PHOENIXSTAR9

I haven’t seen this movie yet but wow.. you really did a deep analysis of this character. Sometimes we do put ourselves down comparing ourselves to others. I think some people are ashamed to get professional help. Some aren’t but NOW I am really excited to watch this movie! great post!

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Reply to  PHOENIXSTAR9

Greetings: Yes that was one of the points of his character that stuck out to me the most–that he had the support from his family, the connections, and the financial resources available to use to help himself with his problems, but he only used them very minimally. I believe that this is something that many people do–possibly out of shame like you said, or even fear or pride. I know that this was a point that Tyler Perry was really wanting to emphasize with this character. When you go to see the movie, pay close attention to Walter Deeds from… Read more »

Deeone Higgs

Great analysis, Makeba. You definitely have gotten me in the mind frame of wanting to see this movie. I’ll more than likely still have to wait to see it, because I rarely ever go to the theaters these days. Nevertheless, I cannot wait to see this. It most certainly can be extremely hard to be overshadowed and overlooked; especially whereas loved ones are concerned. We don’t always take into the consideration the influence we have or that certain ones have on us. As hard as it may be to do sometimes, we must make sure that our reasoning in doing… Read more »

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Reply to  Deeone Higgs

Greetings: I certainly know how you feel. I, too did the same for many years, and I am so happy that I realized what I was doing and made a shift in my mindset. You are so right–it’s difficult enough to be overlooked in the business environment, but it can be even more challenging and hurtful when it happens in the family environment. In either environment though, such a thing can really take a heavy toll on your pride. This was something that was clearly expressed by the looks on Walter’s face during key parts of the movie. Many may… Read more »

Lemiza
Lemiza

Thank you so much for your comment on my blog! I’ve seen the thrailer and it seems like a great movie. I’m dying to see it but unfortunately, the film isn’t yet in the Netherlands!

xx

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Reply to  Lemiza

Greetings: You are most welcome! I surely hope that the movie arrives to the Netherlands soon–it is a must-see and you will really enjoy it! All of the actors and actresses did such a wonderful job relaying Tyler’s messages to the audience. It’s a real treat! ~Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

Natasha @ Houseful Of Nicholes

Great post Makeba. And I will go on record saying, this is one of the first TP movies that I actually want to go and see. Amazing breakdown of the character Walter, and I think that while I can’t relate to being protected all of the time (I’m the oldest) I have seen that person in many families, including mine and it’s tough to be them. We cultivate this person and then want to condemn them when they expect what we’ve been giving them all along.

Makeba Giles
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Greetings: Yes I agree with you that there is certainly at least one person like Walter Deeds in every family in terms of the high expectation of protection by the rest of the family. You made a very good point: many people see the the person from a surface-view, but they do not realize the contributions that they made in molding the person into being the way that they are. Instead, they blame the person, call it a “character issue” and become frustrated with them, leaving the person frustrated as well and further increasing tension within the family. It is… Read more »

glamazini

Hi, just getting to comment. Walter’s character annoyed me from the moment he appeared on the screen. He had obvious women issues, which were quickly explained once you realized the unhealthy relationship he had with his mother. *whew*. Ultimately I love how you pointed out that he resented his family yet still expected them to rescue him. Talk about dichotomy! I’m not sure if I’ve done this in my own family, but I do know that as I’ve grown I rely less and less on my immediate family. I doubt I’d ever fully give up totally on on relying on… Read more »

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Reply to  glamazini

Greetings: Yes I totally understand what you’re saying about Walter’s character: at the beginning of the movie I was really taken aback by his attitude! Lol But then as the movie went on and I started to notice certain things about him –like his reactions to different statements and actions from others, that’s when realized that there was much much more there. And I agree his family dependency was really extreme–and he pushed the envelope with it a lot! Lol I know how you feel because even now I look to my Dad for his wisdom and knowledge on things… Read more »

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