Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  25 February 2005 (USA)
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A couple's seemingly solid marriage begins to crumble when the wife discovers that her husband intends to divorce her.



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Helen McCarter has everything a woman wants: a nice house and rich husband. However after her husband Charles throws her out of the house after admitting to an affair a distraught Helen turns to her mother, grandmother Madea and cousin Brian who take her in and turn back to God. Helen learns for the first time in her life to stand up on her two feet and is ready to remove herself from her relationship with Charles and move on with Orlando. But when her husband is almost killed by a vengeful client, Helen wonders if she has the heart to forgive him despite everything. Written by teyee_eng2388-1

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, thematic elements, crude sexual references and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,905,089 (USA) (25 February 2005)


$50,382,128 (USA) (15 April 2005)

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Did You Know?


The name "Madea" is a contraction of the word "mother dear". See more »


When Helen visits her mother she has bright lipstick on, her mother tells her to "come here" so she can console her and hold her. When she has her face on her mother's chest, her lips have no lipstick on. See more »


Madea: [speaking to Myrtle] I'll be at church when they get a smoking section.
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Followed by Madea Goes to Jail (2009) See more »


Father Can You Hear Me
Performed by Tiffany Evans / Terrell Carter (as Terrel Carter) / Cheryl Pepsii Riley (as Cheryl Pepsi Riley) / Tamela J. Mann (as Tamela Mann)
Written by Tyler Perry
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!!Loved It!!
10 February 2006 | by (Gotham & London) – See all my reviews

We loved this film! It's original, fun & real, with so many interesting levels that really gets one thinking, especially about life! The cast was phenomenal and Christianity was so refreshing! Definitely not your typical Hollywood pump-out film, thank goodness.

The world and Hollywood needs more creative people like Tyler Perry. We loved the writing, plots and all the sub-plots, which served up a swift kick of reality versus fantasy. We don't want to be negative here, but this film blows Elizabethtown right out of the water! Tyler Perry definitely got it right, with so much more. I would love to shake his hand one day!

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