Not Easily Broken 2009

Not Easily Broken

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Though well-intentioned, Not Easily Broken is bogged down by melodramatic plotting and stereotypical characters.

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Dave Johnson (Morris Chestnut) and his wife, Clarice (Taraji P. Henson), appear to have it all, but she has ignored his needs while she pursues a real-estate career. The couple's already weakened marriage faces the ultimate test after Clarice is involved in a car accident, leaving her with a terrible leg injury. Dave finds a sympathetic ear -- and possibly more -- with the physical therapist (Maeve Quinlan) who comes to treat her.

Cast & Crew

Morris Chestnut
Dave Johnson
Taraji P. Henson
Clarice Johnson
Maeve Quinlan
Julie Sawyer
Kevin Hart
Tree
Wood Harris
Darnell Gooden
Eddie Cibrian
Brock Houseman
Jenifer Lewis
Mary "Mama" Clark
Cannon Jay
Bryson Sawyer
Albert Hall
Bishop Wilkes
Bill Duke
Director
Brian Bird
Screenwriter
Steven Brown
Executive Producer
Morris Chestnut
Executive Producer
Bill Duke
Producer
Geary McLeod
Cinematographer
Josh Rifkin
Film Editor
Cecil Gentry
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Critic Reviews for Not Easily Broken

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (47)

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    May 6, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • That's a reasonable message, but it might feel more resonant if the script were a little fairer to both sexes.

    April 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Hank Sartin

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It has all the philosophical depth of a greetings card message but it's underscored with a nasty little edge of misogyny.

    April 17, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • What should be easily broken is a large china vase over the head of everyone involved in this profoundly creepy, yucky, and chillingly reactionary relationship drama.

    April 17, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • rather crude, occasionally risible, if never actively dislikeable melodrama.

    April 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Laughter through tears is director Bill Duke's M.O., and he hits the bull's-eye of that modest target.

    January 14, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Not Easily Broken

  • Apr 07, 2013
    A little over-the-top at times, but it had a good message.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2009
    A little preachy and cheesy at times but it's actually a decent film for the most part. Good performances by Chestnut and Henson. Kevin Hart was entertaining but kind of stupid. With a better director and better writing it could have been a good film.
    Chosen 7 Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2009
    a paint by numbers only using a trowel instead of a brush, this film has mostly cardboard throwaway charactors and a message that you couldn't miss with both eyes closed. Said message, all wrapped up in a nice religious bow, seems to be that the only true relationship can be found by submitting to the procreational urges of your man (in other words, here's a film for all you religous right - feminism be damned - sit down, shut up, dumb down, feed your man dinner, give him what he needs in the sack, and bear him children - it's your duty and the only path to happiness - what drivel). The acting here is solid by the males, but very uneven, especially by the female lead - although she is given a Herculean task considering the script. Loose ends abound as well as superflous charactors (the luke warm IQ friend is a head scratcher), and set scenes that seem to come from out of nowhere (hey, I know, I'll head down to the basketball gym, because I just know I'll find the bitter alchololic who won't let his son be on my little league team). In a final, almost self admission, the script writer virtually writes off the physical therapist in a totally unbelievable scene where she, while still grieving the recent loss of her son, gets consoled by the male lead (who has "feelings" for her) and then all of a sudden turns all lusty on him - only for him to turn away and be all noble (since he's just now decided to return to his wife - you gotta be kidding!!!!). The writer has taken a strong and one of his more fleshed out charactors, and then had her turn totally out of charactor - only to finally bury and forget about her (after all, she's just a single woman and doesn't fit into the church marriage theme), as she forgives his "I can't do this" refusal with a simple "I know" - holy!!!!, if you "know" why did you make a move on him in the first place!!! AAAAAARGH!.
    paul s Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2009
    I saw this multi - dramatic motion picture and was emotionally moved as well as spiritually enchanted with the outcome of how this couple watched their trust and devotion in the vows of their marriage gets challenged to the max to the brink of collapse. See this, it is so vividly real....yet believable.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer

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