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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.

Director:

Tyler Perry

Writers:

Tyler Perry (screenplay), Ntozake Shange (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimberly Elise ... Crystal / Brown
Janet Jackson ... Jo / Red
Loretta Devine ... Juanita / Green
Thandie Newton ... Tangie / Orange
Anika Noni Rose ... Yasmine / Yellow
Kerry Washington ... Kelly / Blue
Tessa Thompson ... Nyla / Purple
Phylicia Rashad ... Gilda
Whoopi Goldberg ... Alice / White
Macy Gray ... Rose
Michael Ealy ... Beau Willie
Omari Hardwick ... Carl
Richard Lawson ... Frank
Hill Harper ... Donald
Khalil Kain ... Bill
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Many voices. One poem.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,497,324, 7 November 2010

Gross USA:

$37,729,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,747,016
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mariah Carey was cast as Tangie, but dropped out when she learned she was pregnant. See more »

Goofs

When the "Lady in Green", Loretta Devine, does her solo of "Someone took my stuff" because her boyfriend walked out on her; she has on two different green earrings. See more »

Quotes

Juanita: Frank, open the door! I know you're in there! You got a woman in there? Fine, I am sick of your mess! Without any assistance or guidance from you, I have loved you assiduously for 8 months, 2 weeks, and a day. I been stood up 4 times, left 7 packages on your doorstep, 40 poems, 2 plants, 3 handmade notecards, and I had to leave town to send them. You call at 3 am in the morning on weekdays... charming, charming! But you have been of NO assistance! I want you to know what this has been an ...
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.26 (2010) See more »

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Written by Kevin Arline, Anthony Crawford (as Anthony Shep Crawford), Kenya Ivey, Tavia Ivey, Montell Jordan, Jimmy Russell and Antonio Santiago
Performed by Gladys Knight
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Successful Stage to Screen Transfer
24 February 2011 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Tyler Perry has performed a little miracle in transferring Ntozake Shange's exquisite play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf" into an opened up and expanded film. The dialogue still is deeply embedded in Shange's poetry but the narrative Perry added makes the stage experience a flowing cinematic story: the result is a powerful film that happens to be populated by some of the finest actresses of today.

The plat cannot be faithfully summarized, as it is a cluster of vignettes of ten women in crisis. Each character is given the name of a color of the rainbow, but they also have real names and the men in their off track lives actually do appear. It would be unfair to single out any one of these actresses as best because their roles are all different and make demands on the actresses in different ways. Whoopie Goldberg is the religiously inclined mother of Thandie Newton (a woman of physical needs that cannot be satisfied despite nightly change of partners) and Tessa Thompson (a high school girl with aspirations crushed by an unwanted pregnancy); Janet Jackson is a bitter, wealthy magazine editor married to the Down Low Omari Hardwick; Loretta Devine is a community service giver in a relationship with the undependable Richard Lawson; Kimberly Elise (breathtakingly magnificent!) is paired with the war-torn PTSD alcoholic and abusive Michael Ealy; Kerry Washington works for child services despite her infertility in her marriage to Hill Harper; Anika Noni Rose is a lovely innocent dance teacher brutally treated by Khalil Kain; Phylicia Rashad is the tenement house manager who is the central mother confessor to her tenants. How these women's lives are interconnected is fascinating as a story/screenplay: how these gifted actresses deliver the poetry of Shange is beyond anyone's expectations.

There are many issues this film deals with - single mother, violence against women, death, loss, partner abuse, etc - and each of the issues is poignant and keenly defined and acted. How this film slipped under the line for awards is anyone's guess. It is not to be missed.

Grady Harp


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