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Tyler Perry has the unique ability to combine humor with a positive message.

  • May 24, 2006
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 - but it's a romance movie! I mean how perfect is Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail? In my experience, black men are incredible smooth - the poetry, the way they walk and talk, the way the romance. Listen to the music of Heather Headly, Jill Scott, Dwele, Kem, Eric Benet... It's all passionate, deep, moving, very compelling. And in all honesty, not only does it work in this movie, it rings true with black people. That's what we dream of - that's what every woman dreams of regardless of color.
Helen" was the abused woman (again regardless of color)... we will never understand it but they stay. That's not act like that was out of the ordinary! There are a lot of women who are emotionally abused and live in denial. As for her vengeance... again, it rings very true. I challenge you to find a black woman who, after going through all of that and trying to go back and do what she's always done - taking care of the man who broke her, in the house that shoved painful memories right back in her face - would not do or dream of doing what she did. She snapped and she had to assert herself

Tyler Perry was careful to say that "yeah, while vengeance feels good, you're still giving him the power if you don't forgive... and you turn into someone else if you don't let that anger go." I thought that was obvious. But I suppose if you're already annoyed with the movie you wouldn't catch that. The added drama of the shady past of Charles - adds to his horrible character, shows his wife wasn't the only one who was snubbed by him, it was the seeds he had sown coming back to get him in the end. It was merely a set up for the change in the movie where he would be helpless. That's all. Listen to Tyler Perry's Commentary.

Each character had their motivation. It was clear, it was their own personal character builder, they all interacted well, and nothing took away from the main story line - which was well developed. Not over obvious. Not confusing. Tyler Perry has the unique ability to combine humor with a positive message. Definitely a movie to own! It is funny, and reflects a journey of self discovery and perhaps self reflection.

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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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