For Colored Girls
Release date: November 5, 2010
Director: Tyler Perry
Play by: Ntozake Shange
Screenplay by: Tyler Perry
Cast: Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg
For Colored Girls is the adaptation from the 1975 stage play by Ntozake Shange titled For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.
The film tells the story of eight different women who are having troubles of their own, and end up meeting one another.
Crystal (Elise) has two little kids and an abusive husband.
Jo (Jackson) is wealthy with trust issues.
Juanita (Devine) works at a women’s support group.
Tangie (Newton) loves sex, while people — including her religious mother (Goldberg) — look down on her for it.
Yasmine (Rose) is a dance teacher that puts her guard down.
Kelly (Washington) is a social worker who’s trying to start a family.
Nyla (Thompson) is Tangie’s sister and tries to live by her mother’s religious expectations.
And Gilda (Rashad) just watches over them.
For Colored Girls is a mess of a story that has so much drama going on that we don’t really know what it’s about in just one sentence. Add to that overlapping dialogue in flourished prose, we barely knew what was going on.
However, it is a pity that with Perry’s self-serving “I can do everything” attitude, he couldn’t bring himself to call other people to work with him to bring For Colored Girls home. Because the film contains some very fine performances by Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and Loretta Devine, it’s a pity that they’re getting lost in the shuffle because we hate Perry so much.
One full extra star for the acting alone.