Deliver Us From Eva (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Deliver Us From Eva (2003)



Critic Consensus: Though Union and LL Cool J are appealing romantic leads, Deliver Us From Eva is too predictable and contrived.

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Three men discover that meddling in their sister-in-law's love life only makes their own lives more complicated in this romantic comedy. Eva Dandridge (Gabrielle Union) developed a sense of responsibility early on in life, when after the death of her parents she was left to care for her three younger sisters, Kareenah (Essence Atkins), Bethany (Robinne Lee), and Jacqui (Meagan Good). All four of the Dandridge sisters have grown up to be attractive, intelligent, and successful; Kareenah is happily married to Tim (Mel Jackson), while Bethany is engaged to Michael (Duane Martin), and Jacqui is going steady with Darrell (Dartanyan Edmonds). However, Eva still watches over her siblings like a hawk, and while her sisters love Eva dearly, Tim, Michael, and Darrell wish their sister-in-law would stay out of their business. The guys decide that if Eva had a boyfriend, she might be less interested in running other people's lives, and they turn to Ray (LL Cool J), a notorious ladies' man, for help. Ray is short on cash, so the guys make him a deal -- they'll give him 5,000 dollars to romance Eva, sweep her off her feet, and then dump her a few weeks later. Ray agrees, and while getting past her no-nonsense demeanor takes some doing, before long she's head over heels for him. However, Ray unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with Eva, and Eva, when offered a job in another town, decides to stay on to be with Ray. Even worse, the other Dandridge sisters are so impressed with the romantic Ray that they start demanding a bit more TLC from their own men.
R (for sex-related dialogue)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Gabrielle Union
as Eva Dandridge
Essence Atkins
as Kareenah Dandridge
Robinne Lee
as Bethany Dandridge
Meagan Good
as Jacqui Dandridge
Kym E. Whitley
as Ormandy
Ruben Paul
as Rashaun
Dorian Gregory
as Lucius Johnson
Kenya Moore
as Renee
Stephen Saux
as Bartender
Yuri Brown
as Cynda
Craig Anton
as Theo Wilson
Aloma Wright
as Reverend Washington
Kim Oja
as Colette
Terry Crews
as Big Bartender
Nicole Lyn
as Margaritte
Henry Kingi Jr.
as Mounted Cop
Adam Lazarre-White
as Security Officer
Lynn Ann Leveridge
as Woman in Crowd
Bobby Hall
as Husband
Terry Dexter
as Valerie
Tony Wilkins
as Choir Director
Tamiko Williams
as Choir Member
Gina Taylor-Pickens
as Choir Member
Sybil Harris
as Choir Member
Debra Byrd
as Choir Member
Hillary Wicht
as Choir Member
G Janee David
as Choir Member
Nick Cooper
as Choir Member
Cory Briggs
as Choir Member
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Critic Reviews for Deliver Us From Eva

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (30)

[Smith] and Union bring out the best in each other, especially (and surprisingly) during the more dramatic emotional interludes.

Full Review… | July 6, 2008
Top Critic

Depicts gender warfare as a kind of pillow fight.

Full Review… | March 7, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Any romantic comedy that gives you time to think probably isn't doing its job.

Full Review… | March 7, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Stuff like that happens only in sitcoms and bad movies ...

Full Review… | February 14, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Solid cast and the occasional chuckle notwithstanding, this movie is wildly uneven, chugging this way and that before careening off track.

February 10, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Deliver us from screenplays that force likable protagonists to twist and bend their personalities to serve the contortions of a ridiculous and formulaic plot.

Full Review… | February 10, 2003
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Deliver Us From Eva

Gabriel and LL's chemistry was amazing.Though it was Gabriel that was the star of this film without a doubt!She totally impressed me, and the comedy with the brothers-in-law was outstanding.This movie will make your stomach jiggle in glee!!

Wendy M
Wendy M

I'm pretty sure I stumbled upon this movie without having much interest in it, but it turned out to be a film I could watch several times and still be entertained by. There's great chemistry between the main characters, and while the plot is nothing new, it's still really fun. Love this movie!

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

I sometimes wonder if Gabrielle Union is really like this in person. She really likes playing jerks, though LL Cool Jay has a reputation for being one, too. He also has the rep of being a lousy actor. He suffers from what I call Tom Cruise Syndrome, which is the inability to not portray a role in their own real-life persona. Will Smith used to be like that but eventually evolved into a better actor and Oscar-worthy performer. But LL Cool Dude will never do that. Stick with the rap LL. Overall, a bleh movie. Eva's a bitch. So's life. The end.


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