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For Colored Girls (2010)

R | | Drama | 5 November 2010 (USA)
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Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jo / Red

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The movie is based on Ntozake Shange's play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf." Unlike the original play which featured only 7 women known by colors performing the collection of 20 poems, the movie has given each of the 20 characters names. Each of the poems deal with intense issues that particularly impact women in a thought-provoking commentary on what it means to be a female of color in the world. Written by Anonymous

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Many voices. One poem.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 November 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$19,497,324 (USA) (5 November 2010)


$37,721,949 (USA) (14 January 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original play, the characters did not have names, and were known instead by the colors of their costumes: "Lady in Red", "Lady in Purple", "Lady in Blue", "Lady in Yellow", etc. Although the movie's characters do have names, both the movie and its advertising continue the color-theming of the characters. See more »


Jo: Save your "sorry." One thing I don't need are anymore apologies. I got sorry greeting me at the front door. You can keep yours. I don't know what to do with them... I can't even... I have to throw some away. I can't even get to the clothes in my closet for all the sorries. I'm not even sorry about you being sorry.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jesse Eisenberg/Nicki Minaj (2011) See more »


What More Can They Do
Written and Performed by Laura Izibor
Published by Imagem (IMRO) and Universal Music Z Songs (BMI)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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To Tyler Perry, From a Colored Girl.
1 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews


I had a feeling I was done for when I saw the corny, student film style opening credits (For Colored Girls, For Colored Girls, For Colored Girls...) Uck!!

Peel away your ego Tyler Perry!!!!! Hint: someone else directed Precious, that's why it went as far as it did!!

You should have let someone like Baz Luhrmann direct "For Colored Girls..." I've seen and read this play and I've always loved it! The film could have been so much better!

The other actresses were SO great that you should have hired unknown actresses that were actually strong actresses to play Janet Jackson's role, Thandie Newton's role, and Whoopi Goldberg's role.

Janet Jackson was PUSHED. I didn't believe her. Janet needed to train her voice, she was in her throat when she confronts her husband with her fake tears. It look like you guys were adding tear drops at every take. FAIL!

Im a HUGE Whoopi fan but i didn't like her either. Viola Davis would have been stronger.

Perry I wish you would stop directing. You have money now, produce! And, find good directors to take over the projects you're interested in.

Perry waste good actor's talent. I want to see Kerry Washington, Kimberly Elise and Phylicia Rashad get Oscar nods, but because of you it's probably not going to happen. If a good director worked on this production they would all be nominated, they're amazing!!!

I've seen and read the play, "For Colored Girls..." it's fantastic!!! If Tyler Perry wanted to keep the poetry as he did he should have made it a musical like the stage production or let someone like Baz Luhrmann direct it. A more talented director wouldn't have actresses breaking into poems in the middle of a scene, just because. He needed to find a more artsy and less disturbing way of adding the poetry.

Thandie newton should NOT be cast in "urban" films. She has not perfected the accent or the behaviour and it's disturbing! She takes away from the beauty of those characters. She's a spoof of what that character should be.

It's OK to hire more unknown actresses!!! If their talented, like Tessa Thompson, your productions would be so much better!! We don't need you throwing Janet Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg in our face. We don't care. THEY CAN'T ACT!!

Tyler Perry sensationalized bad situations instead of appropriately directing a tragedy.


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