For Colored Girls (2010)
Critic Consensus: Tyler Perry has assembled a fine cast for this adaptation of the 1975 play, and his heart is obviously in the right place, but his fondness for melodrama cheapens a meaningful story.
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Perry has assembled a formidable ensemble, including Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad and, in the most searing cameo, Macy Gray.
For Colored Girls is so shamelessly terrible it would make a great midnight hoot-fest, if you had the stomach to laugh at Shange or some of the best (and most underused) actresses of their generation...
Ham-handed, obvious, overblown and pretentious, For Colored Girls is a plain disaster.
Director Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls is a bold example of an artist's reach exceeding his grasp. And it's hard not to applaud his determination and grade for ambition.
Perry gets points for persistence, yes, and for ambition. But that's not enuf.
Audience Reviews for For Colored Girls
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Subject matter is extremely grim, so if you don't like sad movies, this isn't one for you, but under all the sadness is a message of hope and resilience. Excellent cast and extremely well acted. This deals with a loosely connected group of women who mainly live in the same apartment block, some of them related. All have their issues and the main theme is betrayal. I don't want to say too much and spoil it, but the inspiring part is how these women find their strength and learn to move on and and deal with what has been dealt to them. It is quite poetic, some of what they say does not make a lot of sense, but you get the gist. I found it fascinating. Really hooked me in from start to end.
A shockingly compelling melodrama, color me surprised. It really shouldn't have worked, what with all the turgid descents into poetry and blatant attempts to get us to cry, but it made me cry nevertheless. My favorite storyline was definitely Thandie Newton's, as the feral Tangie.
I usually like Tyler Perry movies,but this one just didn't work for me..found some of the women were way over the top in their acting,and it was too melodramatic for me...just not a movie for me, then again most men probably wouldn't care for a movie where women randomly break out into poem...should have had Madea in it for some comic relief.
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|Juanita:||Juanita: 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! Frank: I guess this is goodbye. Juanita: Like you've never seen it before.|
|Juanita:||Juanita: 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!|
|Frank:||I guess this is goodbye.|
|Juanita:||Like you've never seen it before.|
|Juanita/Green:||"I brought you what joy I found... And I found joy... And then theres that woman who hurt you, and who you left three or four times and then you went back AFTER YOU PUT MY HEART IN THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SHOE... (trembling voice)And I didn't have nothing... So, I went to where somebody had something for me... But none of them were you... I got a real dead loving here for you now..."|
|Juanita/Green:||I brought you what joy I found, and I found joy. And then theres that woman who hurt you, and who you left three or four times and then you went back after you put my heart in the bottom of your shoe! [trembling voice] And I didn't have nothing. So, I went to where somebody had something for me. But none of them were you. I got a real dead loving here for you now.|
|Tangie:||Being alive and being a woman is all I got, but being colored is a metaphysical dilemma I haven't conquered yet.|
|Jo/Red:||Save your "sorry." One thing I don't need are anymore apologies. I got sorry greeting me at the front door. You can keep yours. I don't know what to do with them... I can't even... I have to throw some away. I can't even get to the clothes in my closet for all the sorries. I'm not even sorry about you being sorry.|
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