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For Colored Girls

Tyler Perry takes your emotions through the ringer with an honest ode to black women

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Tyler Perry’s adaptation of the 1975 stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf is an emotional grindhouse that splatters agony and sorrow across the screen. The film features several women dialoguing and monologuing their way through massive tragedies and moments of hope, with scenes structured around the series of poems that comprise the play. Some of these spoken-word detours offer a clear window into characters’ inner worlds and others are just corny distractions. However, Perry and his stellar cast mostly avoid the “filmed play” syndrome, giving the material a distinctly cinematic feel. And while the relentless depictions of suffering are excruciating, Perry, using an unlikely blend of grit and melodrama, rewards the viewer’s endurance with an honest ode to black women.

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