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Rodriguez Rixynes Rodriguez Megan Kowalski English 201 2 March 2011 For Colored Girls hits the screen Tyler Perry steps out of the box and directs a drama, For Colored Girls released on November 5, 2010. Perry is usually known for directing, acting, writing and producing movies through the use of black humor. Some of those movies include Madea’s Family Reunion, Madea Goes to Jail , and I Can Do Bad All By Myself . He uses black humor in hopes of entertaining people and making them laugh. His movies contain inappropriate actions and jokes to get at least a giggle out of his followers. His movie For Colored Girls is based on a Broadway play written in 1975 by Ntozake Shange titled For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is not Enuf. The rated-R drama stars Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, and Whoopi Goldberg among others. This movie rates a three out of five stars because of the magnificent acting and the emotions used to convey realistic performances; however the story line is underdeveloped. For Colored Girls incorporates the stories of nine different women to each other’s lives and how each person’s situation all ties together in some way. Joanna, Tangie, Crystal, Gilda, Kelly, Juanita, Yasmine, Nyla and Alice all go through hardships: crime, rape, religion, power, death, and heartbreaks. Some of the women know each other more than others, and some are complete strangers to one another. However, in the end they all come together and discuss being human and how each one is valuable in their own way. 1
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2 Janet Jackson plays Joanna, who is a wealthy magazine publisher with a damaged marriage. Juanita is a social worker who helps women of all races value themselves rather than depending on a man. Juanita played by Loretta Devine, struggles with an inconsistent and unstable man herself. Kimberly Elise plays a loving mother facing hardships in her relationship with a veteran who has become an alcoholic. Kimberly does a great job playing Crystal’s part in this movie. Tangie (Thandie Newton) works at a bar and has meaningless sex with random men. Anika Noni Rose acts as Yasmine, a dance instructor who gets date-raped and has to deal with the scars left behind. Nyla is the youngest of the group; she is a student of Yasmine with her own secrets and regrets. Kelly another social worker cannot help Crystal; there is not enough proof for actions to be taken. Kerry Washington plays Kelly. Whoopi Goldberg joins the cast as Alice who has a fierce devotion to god, causing her to push away her daughters, Tangie and Nyla. Finally the last of the women is Gilda, (Phylicia Rashad), the Harlem Apartment manager who sees the entire ruckus. The actresses in this movie are really involved in their character. The acting is impressive with an overall rating of four out of five stars. For example: Tangie stays in character, uses inflection, changes facial expressions and manipulates her body language in order to make her role believable. At the beginning of the movie, she flirts with a man, invites him to her apartment
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