KIMBERLY ELISE JANET JACKSON LORETTA DEVINE THANDIE NEWTON ANIKI NONI ROSE
KERRY WASHINGTON WHOOPI GOLDBERG PHYLICIA RASHAD MACY GRAY
For Colored Girls
This is the most powerful film that writer, producer, director Tyler Perry has delivered yet. Based on a book and play, Perry takes a look at various black women, all played by very well known actors. For Colored Girls contains lots of difficult material, including but not limited to, rape, abuse, abortion, incest, and religious fanaticism. Perry pushed hard for this film to even gain awards attention, but critics panned it, as they always do his films. Once again Perry makes a film for a very small demographic. This is also the first film to be rated R under Perry's direction.
This film is about various women living in a city and dealing with life’s difficult situations. One mother takes consistent abuse from her husband as she lives in fear for her children. Another woman uses sex to feel alive every night because of the incest she endured as a child. Another woman constantly preaches to her daughters to repent for their sins. A powerful business woman comes to terms with her difficult personality and the hidden truths of her husband. Another woman, full of life in her dance career, agrees to a date with the wrong man and he takes things from her that she wasn’t even offering. All these women live life and continue to search for a reason to live.
Perry is known for his comedic characters that typically top the box office and has recently opened up on Oprah about the abuse he suffered in his own life. Perry has always said that many of the difficult scenes in his films are taken from his own life. For Colored Girls has many compelling and moving moments, and most of the actors behind these women give strong performances. It was nice seeing Oscar winner Goldberg back on screen after a long absence. What I didn’t like was the in-scene monologues the characters would go into. I understand the element of stage in which this material was originated, but more often than not, monologues like these shock the viewer out of the scene and cause tension. The film as a whole could have done without that; it’s one more element that segregates the audience.
This two hour film loses it's steam near the conclusion of the film, as more of the individual stories begin to merge. A few of the scenarios could have used more depth and more exploration; it almost seems that just as they start getting interesting or compelling, Perry switches over to something less painful. I also don’t like the female stereotype Perry consistently uses for these black women characters, almost as if he is saying they are all victims or damaged in some way. Rarely do we see normal everyday people in any of his movies.
Final Thought – Tyler Perry explored R rated territory without much success.
By: Dustin Chase W.
Editor: Michael Woody