2007 movie written and directed by Creator/TylerPerry. Monty James, a mechanic, (Creator/IdrisElba) enlists the help of a successful-but-lonely attorney, Julia (Gabrielle Union) while trying to wrest custody of his three daughters China, Lauryn and Sierra from his treacherous ex-wife Jennifer and her larcenous boyfriend. Along the way, the working relationship between the blue collar dad and his uptown attorney grows into something more.
!!This film provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Jennifer's boyfriend beats the kids and it is implied Jennifer either wants the oldest to sell drugs or become a prostitute. The oldest is 12.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Jennifer and Joseph.
* CareerVersusMan: Julia has this problem.
* DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff
* DoubleStandard: So Julia's friends have no problem with setting her up on a blind date with a 40-year-old unemployed wannabe rapper, but they frown on her dating a kind-hearted mechanic who wants to be a good father.
* EvilMatriarch: Jennifer. You know she's evil when her own kids are afraid of her.
* {{Gangbangers}}: Jennifer's boyfriend runs a drug-trafficking ring.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: DiscussedTrope, the main reason the neighborhood residents refuse to report Joseph, because they are afraid he will kill them if they do.
* MiscarriageOfJustice: Monty [[spoiler: was falsely accused of raping a [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome white girl]] who he hooked up with at a party.]]
* NoodleIncident: Why Monty went to jail is kind of hinted at in bits and pieces until the last 30 minutes of the movie.
* NeverTrustATrailer: commercials for the film make it seem as if its going to be the typical "comedy" scenario of children pulling pranks on the person who's dating their divorced parent.
* {{Oner}}: There's a long Steadicam tracking shot during the scene when Monty brings Julia home. The shot lasts for several minutes.
* PapaWolf: Monty, [[spoiler: who beats the living ''hell'' out of Jennifer's boyfriend when he finds out about what he did to Monty's kids.]]
* ParentWithNewParamour
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Monty purposely hits Jennifer and her boyfriend Joseph's car and then opens the door and beats up a dizzy Joseph. At Joseph's trial, the entire neighborhood willingly testifies against him for the drug charges, but keeps their mouth shut when Monty is accused of assaulting him.
** Granted, Joseph is also a monstrous drug dealer causing problems for any of them, so if anything it is LaserGuidedKarma for Joseph.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When Monty finds out his kids are being beaten, he hops in his car, finds Jennifer's car, slams into them, gets out, drags Joseph out, and proceeds to deliver a [[CurbStompBattle complete and utter ass beating]] to him.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Discussed, this is the reason [[spoiler: Monty was arrested for raping a white girl]].