The steamy but terrible Tyler Perry film everyone’s watching on Netflix
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The steamy but terrible Tyler Perry film everyone's watching on Netflix

Netflix queues are always filled to the brim with the latest blockbuster hits. But currently, there’s one steamy yet terrible film that’s managed to capture the attention of viewers everywhere. 

We’re talking about Mea Culpa, the latest offering from the infamous Tyler Perry, the filmmaker parodied in Atlanta. In the episode ‘Work Ethic!’ Donald Glover plays the oddly agoraphobic Mr. Chocolate, the mysterious producer who exploits Black culture and caricatures it for cheap thrills and grand profits, a thinly-veiled spoof of Perry and his oeuvre. 

Directed and penned by Perry, Mea Culpa stars Kelly Rowland as Mea Harper, a criminal defence attorney tangled in a web of seduction and danger. Opposite her is Trevante Rhodes as Zyair Malloy, an artist accused of murdering his girlfriend. The chemistry between these two is about as electric as a wet blanket but their steamy scenes together have made plenty curious to tune into Mea Culpa on Netflix this week.

Don’t expect any Oscar-worthy performances here despite this being the official awards season in Hollywood. While Rowland tries her best to breathe life into her underwritten character, the script leaves much to be desired, and Rhodes’ attempts at seduction fall flatter than a deflated balloon. In fact, the only thing more cringe-worthy than the dialogue is the film’s 18 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Perry has been all praise for Rowland, as he told, “I’m so proud of what she did. She’s truly a leading lady, and I’m hoping that everybody who sees it, every director out there who’s looking for someone to play a role, they’re calling her up.”

Despite its many shortcomings, Mea Culpa does have its moments of unintentional hilarity. From the over-the-top courtroom drama to the laughably predictable plot twists, it’s a film that’s best enjoyed with a healthy dose of irony.

You can watch Mea Culpa on Netflix, but watch the trailer first: