Things weigh even more heavily against womankind when Clarice’s mother (Jenifer Lewis) moves in to help Clarice recover from a broken leg and begins a campaign of Dave-demeaning. No wonder Dave is tempted by Clarice’s hot physical therapist, Julie (Maeve Quinlan); as we learn, he spends so much time with her only because her son needs a father. But even Saint Dave is ready to throw in the towel on his marriage.
In keeping with Jakes’s philosophy (he’s a leader of a Dallas megachurch), the moral of the film, delivered gently but firmly, is that Dave and Clarice need to invite God into their marriage. That’s a reasonable message, but it might feel more resonant if the script were a little fairer to both sexes.