Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” Movie (My Review)
Hey readers, I’m gonna try to get thru writing this post but my hands are still trembling from what I just viewed in this movie. I got up early today to catch the first feature of the new movie, “For Colored Girls” so that I could beat the crowds later tonight. Omg, Tyler Perry has done it again. Someone please give this man his due credit and give him an Oscar award. Tyler is the producer of this movie but it is a remake of the book and 1975 stageplay, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange. The movie is centered around 7, really 9, women’s live as they deal with different struggles from abortion, abuse, family secrets, marital woes, homosexuality, rape, STD’s and more. I’m not gonna give away all the details but I will say that Tyler picked an all star cast from Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Michael Ealy, Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick, Hill Harper, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington and Whoopi Goldberg. It was different seeing Janet play a “bitchy” role for a change but she eventually toned down during the movie. (Ironically Janet’s role was very similar to that of Miranda (Meryl Streep) in “The Devil Wears Prada).
Now I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t read the book first, so I was unprepared for a few parts of the movie but I will say make sure you carry plenty of tissues with you. This movie made me think really hard and be glad that I have been single for the past three years. Although “most women” want to get married, you have to really know your mate and even then you may never really know. I thank GOD that I have never been a victim of physical abuse but women please, please be mindful of who you allow around your children whether its the biological father or not. Abuse can affect you in more ways than one…..and often not just you, but your family, kids and friends.
There were great moments of spoken word and poetry in the film and I’m sure that was based off of the stage play aspect. Actress Loretta Divine gives a little humor at times even though this is a serious toned movie. Thandie Newton’s role, which was originally supposed to be played by Mariah Carey, really made you realize that some people’s actions are from a deep dark past. I liked how all the womens’ stories came together as they literally passed each other’s path from the very beginning of the film. Well like I said, I wont give away major details but please go out and support our great filmmaker, Tyler Perry, this weekend with this movie. Now I have to go get myself together because my eyes are all swollen and puffy from boo-hooing.
Here are some memorable quotes from the film:
“Ever since I realized there was someone called a colored girl, or an evil woman, a bitch, or a nag, I’ve been trying not to be that, and leave bitterness in someone else’s cup.”
“A rapist doesn’t have to be a stranger to be legitimate. Someone you never saw. A man with obvious problems. But if you been public with him, danced one dance, kissed him goodbye lightly with a closed mouth, pressing charges will be as hard as keeping your legs closed while five fools try and run a train on you. These men friends of ours, who smile nicely, take you out to dinner, then lock the door behind you…”
“I got a real dead loving here for you now, because I don’t know anymore how to avoid my own face wet with my tears! Because I had convinced myself that colored girls have no right to sorrow!”
EXCELLENT ARTICLE!!! CAN’T WAIT TO SEE IT!!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSIGHT !!
OMG you just made me want to go see it soo bad!
Ill let you know how I feel about it. But Im such a sucker, that I will probably be hystericall throughout the whole movie!!
I can say that I saw this play when it opened – so I am aging myself 🙂 It was a play that even then left the audience silent and speechless when the curtain closed. It had such a profond experience on me that I hesitate to see the movie – but I will see it. I did just want to comment on the mention of domestic and partner violence. We need to know that 1 in 4 women will be a victim of some kind of partner/domestic violence. That means if you are sitting around with 3 or 4 of your girlfriends – one of you is likely to feel this in your life. So we have to be there for our sisters – and we have to know that domestic violence is not about anger – it is about control.
So, if this movie can make people think more about their sisters, daughters, mothers, friends and look for the signs – the way they cover their body or their spirit because they are being battered – then it is amazing. But please, read the book, The words, the poetry is amazing. It will take you to another place. The memory of that play still fills my spirit and my eyes…
I havent seen the movie as of yet, but I truly believe that EVERY BLACK woman should see this movie and take at least 4-5 young girls from the age of 14-20 to see it with them. Ass a BLACKMAN!! Im getting sick and tired of seeing all the ass cracks and boobs from these younger women and they still be expecting respect from the men that they deal with. Dont get me wrong I know ppl are allowed to wear whatever they want, but at least be OLD ENUFF to know when to and when NOT TO wear it!
I truly believe that this movie will teach some of these younger women on how to deal with their individual challenges and maybe just maybe, some MEN will go see it as well and learn how to love our sisters more MENTALLY instead of just physically!