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Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Mitchell-leon ...
Mildred (as Carol Mitchell-Leon)
Jamison (as Gary Sturgis)
Bart Hansard ...


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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Time heals the heart. Faith heals the rest. See more »


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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  »

Box Office


$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Tyler Perry was at one time homeless. See more »


At the beginning when Charles takes Helen home after the party they are in the car arguing. In the majority of the shots, Helen's fur wrap is low on her shoulders with her shoulders and necklace showing. In one shot it is way up around her neck covering everything. Then, it is back to the more revealing position after that. See more »


Madea: Mmmhmm... How long you do that fo'?
Helen: Eighteen years.
Madea: Okay.
[pulls out a calculator]
Madea: Let's see how much he owes ya then.
[types a bunch of numbers while she speaks]
Madea: Eighteen years. Cooking. Cleaning. Havin' sex wit him when he wanted it, was it good?
Helen: [shakes head in disgust] No.
Madea: *Major* deduction.
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Ask the Savior
Performed by Terry Phillips
Arranged by Tyler Perry from "Yield Not to Temptation" Traditional
Courtesy of The Tyler Perry Company
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User Reviews

A Perfect Date Movie
27 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. I must admit that the movie's opening scenes had me wondering if I'd come to the wrong movie, but by the movie's end I was in tears. This movie was simply written and the emotional overtones were brilliant. Kimberly Elise is Hollywood royalty. Her acting was so powerful and next to Shemar Moore I enjoyed the chemistry (It was awkward for me at first, but they worked it..) Steve Harris stretched out in this role. We've grown accustomed to seeing him as the Lawyer in the Practice. I don't think I'll ever look at him the same again after this movie. Excellent work. For anyone who has ever had their hearts ripped apart by love should see this movie.

I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed. Tyler Perry is brilliant.

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