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For Colored Girls (2010)

R | | Drama | 5 November 2010 (USA)
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Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Director:

Tyler Perry

Writers:

Tyler Perry (screenplay), Ntozake Shange (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimberly Elise ... Crystal / Brown
Janet Jackson ... Jo / Red
Loretta Devine ... Juanita / Green
Thandie Newton ... Tangie / Orange
Anika Noni Rose ... Yasmine / Yellow
Kerry Washington ... Kelly / Blue
Tessa Thompson ... Nyla / Purple
Phylicia Rashad ... Gilda
Whoopi Goldberg ... Alice / White
Macy Gray ... Rose
Michael Ealy ... Beau Willie
Omari Hardwick ... Carl
Richard Lawson ... Frank
Hill Harper ... Donald
Khalil Kain ... Bill
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Storyline

The movie is based on Ntozake Shange's play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf." Unlike the original play which featured only 7 women known by colors performing the collection of 20 poems, the movie has given each of the 20 characters names. Each of the poems deal with intense issues that particularly impact women in a thought-provoking commentary on what it means to be a female of color in the world. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Many voices. One poem.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,497,324, 7 November 2010

Gross USA:

$37,729,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,747,016
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mariah Carey was cast as Tangie, but dropped out when she learned she was pregnant. See more »

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When the "Lady in Green", Loretta Devine, does her solo of "Someone took my stuff" because her boyfriend walked out on her; she has on two different green earrings. See more »

Quotes

Gilda: Sleeping with all these men, thinking it's just sex. It ain't just sex, honey. It all has a root. And you got to find that root to pluck it. He placed the rose behind your ear, now cry yourself to sleep. I used to be you.
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References Rodan (1956) See more »

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Without a Fight
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Better than Expected
7 November 2010 | by penny-119See all my reviews

I will start by saying that I am not a Tyler Perry fan. I don't generally watch or enjoy his movies. I was also hesitant to see this play turned into a movie, but my husband really wanted to see it, so I went somewhat reluctantly to see how TP would butcher this play.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, the play is not something that can be easily rendered into a movie. It's more of a performance than a traditional "play". There is not a coherent plot, and even the vignettes are often incomplete stories. The men that are central actors in the womens' stories are completely voiceless and have no role in the play whatsoever. The dialog from the different characters is beautiful and elegant and haunting, so to be true to the story you have to keep the language that is used.

So, it's a difficult situation to be in, no plot really to paraphrase or "adapt" with very precise language that needs to be incorporated to keep the beauty of the piece. It is a task that a better filmmaker than TP should have tackled....but it's doubtful that anyone who had the talent AND the juice to make this movie actually would have, so TP is all that's left.

The film is choppy at parts...NOT seamlessly interweaving the added plot-driven dialog with the elegant and colorful soliloquies from the original play. Also, some of the particular poems seem oddly-placed, and out of context.

However, the performance of the pieces did give a meaning that reading the play does not. Pieces that I understood in one way when I read them took on a different and more potent meaning when I saw them being performed in the context of the film. The delivery of most (not all) of the poems and the character portrayals generally was excellent.

There is some overacting (Kerry Washington in particular stood out as overdone to me), and some of Tyler Perry's typical caricatures (if you are a light-skinned man with a high paying job....you are a bastard!), but if I evaluated this movie based on whether my understanding and experience of the text was expanded by this film, I would say it was.

Perhaps if I had seen the performance I would evaluate this film less kindly, but I think that if you come in understanding 1) it is a lofty performance piece being rendered as film, and 2) it has incorporated some of the performance aspect of the play into the film, I think you could appreciate it and enjoy it.


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