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For Colored Girls

  R HD Closed Captioning

Tyler Perry

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Plot Summary

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: 103
  • Fresh: 33
  • Rotten: 70
  • 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: The audience I saw it with didn't seem to know whether to clap when it was over or start taking Lipitor. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 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

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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!!

Truly for Colored Girls

I went to go see this movie with my best friend, and all we could do was cry. Tyler left us with mixed feelings about life, and got us thinking. Most movie critics I would have to say are white men, making them the total opposite of who the movie was intended for. Every colored girl can relate to this movie, in one way or another. The amazing cast let me into their stories and left me empty and full at the same time.

The best movie ever

I thought this was an excellent movie. It touched many peoples heart. It was sad at times and made you laugh at time's. Most people that are not african american wouldnt understand it, because they have not lived the life of an african american. I believe this is one of Tyler Perrys best so far.