For Colored Girls
Cohesion of Plot:6.5
A well written, well directed, thought-provoking movie that brings to the forefront many issues facing the Black Community. It has an awesome cast. For Colored Girls is not for the faint of heart.
Thandie Newton was believable; almost making you hate her. Whoopi Goldberg was great. She represented the religious segment of our community that functions more from belief than logic. Janet Jackson was scarily familiar to my last boss. Omari Hardwick had women cringing. Kimberly Elise accurately depicts women who choose passivity over-assertiveness. Michael Ealy was strong and believable. He should get more roles. Richard Lawson reminded me of that boyfriend my sister hoped would change, but never did. Loretta Divine adds emotionalism to any script. Phylicia Rashad was solid. Anika Noni Rose’s smile brightened up the screen. I’d watch it again just for her smile. Khalil Kain made you hate him. A sign of great acting. Hill Harper is great as the good guy. Which leads one to believe he’s likely a good guy in person. And Kerry Washington? What can we say. She’s a Black man’s dream.
Though the injection of poetry may throw you, Tyler Perry stayed true to form keeping in line with the poetry riddled play, ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,’ by Ntozake Shange.
Overall, the scenarios posed in For Colored Girls create needed discussions for the Black community and encourage wiser decisions from women, especially young women. Tessa Thompson was great as the naïve youth. We need more movies like this. For Colored Girls is in itself a statement that if our music doesn’t have the heart to change our community we’ll have to do it through movies. Great job Mr. Perry.
Plot: Nine women of color adjust and cope with the many ails effecting the Black Community in a screenplay inspired by the play, ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,’ by Ntozake Shange
Cast: Kimberly Elise, Michael Ealy, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, Tessa Thompson, Omari Hardwick, Macy Gray, Richard Lawson, Hill Harper, and Khalil Kain.
Director: Tyler Perry Writer(s): Tyler Perry, Ntozake Shange (play)
Genre: Drama Rated: R