Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)



Critic Consensus: Tyler Perry's successful play can't make the move to the screen; this mix of slapstick, melodrama and spirituality lacks a consistent tone.

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A woman has to learn how to love and trust men all over again in this comedy drama. Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise) would seem to have it all -- she's been married for 18 years to Charles (Steve Harris), and over the course of their time together, he's become one of Atlanta's most successful attorneys. But despite wealth and prestige, things are not as they should be at the McCarter home, and on their anniversary, Charles drops a bombshell on Helen -- he's divorcing her for another woman. Escorted out of the house with nowhere to go, Helen moves in with her grandmother Madea (Tyler Perry), a sassy woman with no shortage of opinions and a gun that she's not afraid to use. As Madea helps Helen get back on her feet emotionally, the divorcée makes the acquaintance of Orlando (Shemar Moore), a handsome man who is obviously attracted to her. But after her experiences with Charles, Helen isn't sure if she's ready to trust a man again. Diary of a Mad Black Woman was adapted from the popular stage play by Tyler Perry, who also plays several roles in the film, most prominently Madea; it marked the first feature-film credit for successful music video director Darren R. Grant. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (for drug content, thematic elements, crude sexual references and some violence)
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Tyler Perry
as Brian/Madea/Joe
Shemar Moore
as Orlando
Tamara Taylor
as Debrah
Lisa Marcos
as Brenda
Tiffany Evans
as Tiffany
Cicely Tyson
as Myrtle
Terrell Carter
as Reverend Carter
Vickie Eng
as Christina
Sho Dixon
as Child
Ric Reitz
as D.A.
Mike Pniewski
as Foreman
Judge Mablean Ephriam
as Judge Ephriam
Tony Vaughn
as Juror
Joe Washington
as Reporter
Kate Donadio
as Secretary
Ryan Gentles
as Bartender
Ronnie Garrett
as Band Member
Marcus Williams
as Band Member #2
Earl Fleming
as Band Member #3
Pat Bergeson
as Guitar
Philip Gough
as Guitar
Yvette Devereaux
as Violin Solos
Steve Harris
as Charles
Christian Keyes
as Man Proposing
Gary Sturgis
as Jamison
John Forbes
as Keyboards
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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (32)

It's never less than watchable, a bizarre hybrid that somehow works as a whole, even though its various components don't mesh.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Toronto Star
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It's a cheap melodrama that presses all the right sentimental buttons.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Perry doesn't have any delusions of artistry, and potentially, at least, that's refreshing. But any points he earns for lack of pretense are immediately gobbled up by his lack of subtlety.

Full Review… | February 25, 2005
Top Critic

Raucous and overwrought, the movie is still a hoot to watch and even more fun to talk back to.

Full Review… | February 25, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The material comes off as a serious miscalculation in Perry and director Darren Grant's film adaptation.

February 25, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Stay clear of this mess.

February 25, 2005
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Diary of a Mad Black Woman is hilarious, but why can't he make a whole movie on Madea instead of these dramas. The plot is the same old Tyler Perry dramatic black woman movie, a woman has marital problems and gets herself a new man, and side clips of the always hilarious Madea. The cast was okay, I love Tyler Perry as Madea and Joe, and the rest of the cast plays average roles. This movie has some well done moments and hilarious moments, but its the same old Tyler Perry film, and it was his first one ever, so there was more to come, but I seriously hate the dramtic portion of these films, I just wish he would make a full comedy on Madea.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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Diary of a Mad Black Woman Is about A couple who been married for 18 years and then Charles drop a some really bad news on Helen. He is divorcing her so he could marry another women. At first the mother in law does everything in her power to get back at Charles. Helen could trust any other man. Will Helen trust men again or will she be alone for her rest of her life. Pros Good acting and plot. Some funny parts. cons i did not like the mother in law only worth a rent

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erika bruhns

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