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.

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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: PG13 (for sexual references and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama , Horror
Directed By: Bill Duke
Written By: Brian Bird
In Theaters: wide
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Runtime:
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Cast

Maeve Quinlan
as Julie Sawyer
Wood Harris
as Darnell
Cannon Jay
as Bryson
Niecy Nash
as Michelle
Albert Hall
as Bishop Wilkes
Jeff Krebs
as Trauma Doctor
Henry Brown
as Mr. Reid
Olivia Brown
as Mrs. Reid
Lee Reherman
as Coach Spinello
Elizabeth Uhl
as Trauma Nurse
Justin Michael Carter
as Male Onlooker
Garry G.
as Curtis
Lena Headey
as Gina McVey
Ulrich Thomsen
as Dr. Robert Zachman
Melvil Poupaud
as Stephan Moreau
Michelle Duncan
as Kate Coleman
Asier Newman
as Daniel McVey
Richard Jenkins
as John McVey
Daren Elliott Holmes
as garage manager
William Armstrong
as Dr. Kenrick
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Critic Reviews for Not Easily Broken

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (20)

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Full Review… | May 5, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 16, 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

[It] has the saving grace of a lively sense of humor that certainly helps the spiritual medicine go down.

January 9, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Not Easily Broken isn't perfect, but it is persuasive in its portrait of a husband and wife who must decide whether their frayed marriage is worth fighting to save.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Not Easily Broken

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

Erin Collins
Erin Collins
½

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 718
Chosen 718
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!.

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