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“For Colored Girls” Hits Screen This Weekend

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“This is a woman’s trip,” it is announced in Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls,” and how you respond to those words will likely determine how you respond to the film itself.

Perry has built a contemporary narrative around the poems in Ntozake Shange’s now-classic 1974 theater piece, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”

Fans of the original may be dismayed by his often-awkward adaptation, which turns too many of Shange’s survivors into victims. But it’s equally likely that his blunt, emotional approach – using her words to create his own melodrama – will connect with a new audience.

Audiences will recognize many themes (and actors) from Perry’s other works. “Diary of a Mad Black Woman’s” Kimberly Elise is Crystal, a mother desperate to protect her children from their alcoholic father (Michael Ealy). Loretta Devine and Kerry Washington are the social workers hoping to help her, while Janet Jackson is her successful, unhappy boss. Read More

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