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For Colored Girls (2010)

Movie Directed by Tyler Perry

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  • Apr 15, 2011
I suppose when it comes down to it, sometimes you either like a director and his/her films or not, and with Tyler Perry, for me it's a not. I've not been a fan of his Medea films because the humor just doesn't appeal to me personally. Often the direction is too broad and the characters are mere cliches. Well, here Perry has shown that he can create a rather compelling drama, unfortunately he also has shown the same predilection for very broad direction and cliche characters.

In  For Colored Girls, I couldn't help but cringe at the stereotypes of African American women (who all seem to be portrayed here as either sex addicts, drug addicts, abused, cheated on, unfaithful, or just perpetually victims of their circumstances). It would have been nice to have diversified the cast of characters a bit to show more of each character's strengths and their positive attributes rather than focusing entirely on the adversities they face and frailties that they possess. It would have been refreshing to see a film in which the characters are truly empowered or change over the course of the story, but here that doesn't really occur. Instead, what we get are a bunch of disparate characters who come together to commiserate or blame each other after their personal dramas, but never really support one another much during those troubled times. Despite all that they go through, you never really see them accept their responsibility for having played a part in all of this except for in one scene where Phylicia Rashad (one of the most underrated actresses in the country from where I stand) chastises a woman, whose children were murdered, for having willingly stayed with her abusive, alcoholic, and emotionally unstable partner.

Luckily, one thing that Perry does excel at is getting great performances out of his cast and here has assembled a superb cast. Rashad gives a stunning performance as one of the few women who seems to possess true strength and wisdom in the film and the rest of the cast, including Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine, Kerry Washington, and extraordinarily Janet Jackson (yes, she can actually act).
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April 15, 2011
I may see this but not right away. This has gotten some pretty good reviews. I know what you mean, but I guess there is always a stereotype when H-wood makes a movie closer to reality (Asians especially)
 
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review by . March 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
This film is intense and you shouldn't go into it unless you have a box of Kleenex by your side and are ready to go into the darkest alleys of people's pain. Contrary to the title of this film, it is not and should not be limited to "colored girls". It should be shown to all of the colors of the rainbow and to both sexes because this poetic tapestry of pain is a human story. Even if it isn't yours, you should listen and learn from it.      "Women give …
review by . November 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
For You Too.
FOR COLORED GIRLS   Written and Directed by Tyler Perry   Starring Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise and Whoopi Goldberg       Crystal: Part of me knows this is happening but part of me thinks I’m dreaming.  Am I awake?       Up until seeing FOR COLORED GIRLS, I had never seen a Tyler Perry film.  I’m not a fan of men in fat suits dressed up as women and I’m not really the …
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  • Opens Friday, November 5, 2010 | Runtime:2 hr. 0 min.
  • R
    Some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language
  • Based on Ntozake Shange's award-winning 1975 play, which consists of a series of poems performed through a cast of nameless women, known only by a color. It deals with such subjects as love, abandonment, rape, and abortion. It later morphed into an Emmy Award-nominated television special and is still being performed around the world.Read More
  • Cast: Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Genres: DramaEnsemble Film
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    Director: Tyler Perry
    Genre: Drama
    Release Date: November 5, 2010
    MPAA Rating: R
    Screen Writer: Tyler Perry
    Runtime: 133 minutes
    Studio: Lionsgate Films
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