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Genres and genders collide in this unusual mix of Christian soap opera and raunchy cross-dressing comedy. Tyler Perry adapts his own play--one of a series wherein he personally portrays Grandma Madea, an overweight, no-nonsense, old, Christian, African-American woman. In DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN, the main character is Helen (Kimberly Elise), whose wealthy, abusive husband Charles (Steve Harris) kicks her out of their mansion after 18 years of marriage. Luckily Grandma Madea is there to offer some tough love. When a gangster's bullet later makes Charles a cripple, Helen has to decide between love (i.e. wreaking Madea-sanctioned old testament vengeance) and Christian duty. The movie then progresses in two directions: the well-acted dramatic side, with Helen getting her life together thanks to the love of the dreamy Orlando (YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS star Shemar Moore) and her hospitalized momma (Cecily Tyson); and the go-for-broke humor side, with Harris whooping it up in unfettered glee as the chainsaw-wie...
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review by . March 19, 2008
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Pros: Story, acting, pacing      Cons: Mr. Harris distracts playing the role he always does      The Bottom Line: If you're looking for a real comedy, look elsewhere. This film is more romance than anything else, and I think it does romance justice.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.      After I wrote what I did below, I glanced through some of the other reviews. …
review by . May 24, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
After reading a lot of these reviews, I came to understand the why number of people disliked this movie and found it farce. They've never been an angry black woman. Tyler Perry did a superb job at pulling out all of the emotions of the barely acknowledged abused black woman. I think that even with all the humor, the movie right on the money in portraying shades of black people that the mast majority of people don't get to see.    Shemar's character may have seemed over the top …
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