An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life... Written by
Colin Tinto <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Spielberg only excels at fantasy or history he personally knows-here neither is the case
As sentimental as this period drama epic dealing with the unfortunate upbringing of one slave woman attempts to be, it's overwrought, cloying emotional manipulation feels all too potent and usually drowns out any authenticity and integrity prevalent in the script.
Of course the production, as with most Spielberg pictures, remains satisfyingly high-budget as he showcases some of the beautiful scenery of the south.
Acting is quite hit and miss with professionals like Danny Glover maintaining realistic performances but others like then first-timer Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey straining and failing to inhabit their character's lives effectively and instead offering some slightly embarrassing over-acting.
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