Not Easily Broken (2009)

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


Movie Info

A couple's strength and faith are tested after the wife is injured in a car crash and husband becomes attracted to another woman.

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual references and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Bird
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 7, 2009
Box Office: $10.6M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Tree

as Julie Sawyer

as Darnell

as Bryson

as Michelle

as Bishop Wilkes

as Trauma Doctor

as Darius

as Mr. Reid

as Mrs. Reid

as Coach Spinello

as Trauma Nurse

as Curtis

as Gina McVey

as Dr. Robert Zachman

as Stephan Moreau

as Kate Coleman

as Daniel McVey

as John McVey

as garage manager

as Dr. Kenrick

as Anthony
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Critic Reviews for Not Easily Broken

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (20)

That's a reasonable message, but it might feel more resonant if the script were a little fairer to both sexes.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

'Don't go all Waiting to Exhale on me,' advises one of Clarice's soul sisters late in the film. If only.

Full Review… | January 15, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Laughter through tears is director Bill Duke's M.O., and he hits the bull's-eye of that modest target.

Full Review… | January 14, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The always immaculate, passionate and soulful Jenifer Lewis -- she could read the words in a phone book and make you feel it. The Hollywood veteran nearly saves the film.

Full Review… | June 10, 2009
BET.com

This is glossy, forgettable fare more at home as a TV matinée.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009
Daily Express

It is unspeakably naff, unintentionally funny and unapologetically Christian. Judged on its own terms, it's a resounding success. But for non-believers it will likely prove a living purgatory.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009

Audience Reviews for Not Easily Broken

½

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!.

maxthesax
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Fascade518
Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

A little over-the-top at times, but it had a good message.

irisheyes686
Erin Collins

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