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For Colored Girls

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Tyler Perry

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About the Movie

In 1974, Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” made its stage debut, combining poetry, dance and music, and most significantly, placing the black female experience center stage. In lyrical, honest, angry, funny and tender language, Shange’s “colored girls” evoked the feelings woven into the fabric of black female life in America. Within two years, the play became a Broadway sensation, won an Obie and Tony Award, and would eventually be produced in regional theaters throughout the country. Now, thirty six years later, filmmaker Tyler Perry adapts this landmark work for the big screen, integrating the vivid language of Shange’s poems into a contemporary narrative that explores what it means to be a woman of color - and a woman of any color - in this world. FOR COLORED GIRLS weaves together the stories of nine different women – Joanna, Tangie, Crystal, Gilda, Kelly, Juanita, Yasmine, Nyla and Alice – as they move into and out of one another’s existences; some are well known to one another, others are as yet strangers. Crises, heartbreaks and crimes will ultimately bring these nine women fully into the same orbit where they will find commonality and understanding. Each will speak her truth as never before. And each will know that she is complete as a human being, glorious and divine in all her colors.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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32%
  • Reviews Counted: 107
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 73
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Monologues and melodrama rarely work in contemporary movies exploring social ills. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Nov 4, 2010

Rotten: Shange's words retain their power despite the melodramatic incidents Perry has woven to fill in the spaces between poems, his flat, TV-style direction and the highly variable performances of an all-star cast. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Nov 5, 2010

Rotten: "For Colored Girls" may, in fact, be Perry's best film (not saying a lot, I know). It's certainly his first bid, as a director, for art-house respectability. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Nov 5, 2010

Rotten: Shange gives us archetypes; Perry trades in stereotypes. – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov 4, 2010

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Customer Reviews

YAY!! FIRST REVIEW!!

CONSIDERING THAT MOST MOVIE CRITICS ARE NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IT EASY TO SEE WHY THEY WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND THIS MOVIE! I KNOW SOME OF THE ACTING( THANDIE NEWTON & WHOOPIE) IS NOT THAT GREAT, BUT OVERALL THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE. I STILL THINK THE 1st WHY DID I GET MARRIED? IS TYLER PERY'S BEST, BUT THIS IS DEFINITELY RIGHT BEHIND IT!! I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS MOVIE REGARDLESS THE RACE OR GENDER!!

Loved it

Those who can... and those who can't are critics! Good movie. they are only saying that because it's Tyler Perry. Had it been oh... Steven Spielberg (who I am also a huge fan of ) would this even be an issue? I think not. Because Tyler is known for his comedy it's hard for people to swallow that he is multifacited. Any way the movie was good and I enjoyed it. :P

Beautiful

Glad to see the fabulous and timeless phylicia rashad in this film I feel he made many changes to the script which in turn led the story away from the original play!! It was phenomal however maybe because of the powerhouses he had the honor of working with!! Kimberly Elise is by far one of the greatest actresses of our generation!! Wonderful to see so many young and older talent mixed together in this film!! I think it could've been just as good if he would've kept the monologues with their rightful characters!! Thandie Newton and Phylicia rushed by far have the beat scene as do whoopi and thandie! Loretta Devine is always phenomenal in her acting she blesses each movie she is in! Key Washington surprised me in this I didn't know she had this in her and of course Tony award winner Anika monitor rose what can I say beautiful indeed