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Dave White Profile

Tyler Perry strikes (out) again. Read full review


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Points for trying. Read full review

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  • 30

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    (Perry) style is too crude and stagy for Shange's transformative evocation of black female life, and his moralizing strikes exactly the wrong notes to express the pain and longing that cries out from her heated poetry.

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  • 38

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Kimberly Elise gives the best performance as a beleaguered woman with an abusive boyfriend (Michael Ealy).

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  • 42

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Perry has taken Shange's feminist word-and-movement portraits of disenfranchised African-American women and turned those howls into...a maddeningly choppy mess of a Tyler Perry movie.

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Iffy for 15+

Tyler Perry melodrama deals with intense, disturbing themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this drama from filmmaker Tyler Perry deals with incredibly intense, disturbing issues -- including rape, domestic abuse, infidelity, and unplanned pregnancy. The story has a lot of sexuality, language, and violence -- the most difficult-to-watch scenes center on a rape and two children being killed by their own father. While the sex scenes aren't overtly graphic, there are lots of flashes of skin, plus passionate kissing and discussions of promiscuity. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and "a--hole." Still, despite all of the mature themes, the movie's messages about standing up for yourself and asking for help may be worthwhile for older teenagers, especially young women, to take to heart.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about what it means to be a woman. What does each character's story explain about women's struggles with men, their families, and each other?
  • What impact do the film's violent scenes have?
  • How do the different women deal with race? What about relationships?
  • How does this movie compare to Tyler Perry's other films?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Many of the movie's messages aren't exactly positive, but they're important for young women to understand -- that even men who seem nice can turn out to betray you, that it's never OK to keep quiet when your partner is being abusive, that a man who cheats on you again and again isn't worth trusting, and that it's important to ask for help if you find yourself in a hopeless relationship.

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    Role models: Yasmine is a strongly positive role model. She runs the dance studio to help other young women, and even after she's raped, she continues to support her dancers. Juanita is a selfless nurse who dedicates herself to educating women about their bodies and their health. Gilda may be nosy, but she's also kind and helpful and wants to be there for her residents, especially Crystal. On the downside, there are male characters who are far less admirable: One passes HIV on tohis unsuspecting wife, while another cheats on and leaves his girlfriendrepeatedly.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Disturbing violence in several scenes -- including an angry, drunk, and psychologically unstable father dropping his children out their apartment window, killing them both. Before that, he's also abusive toward his wife. In another scene, a woman is raped in her home by a seemingly sweet man whom she'd invited for dinner. A mother hits her grown-up daughters.

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    Sex: Several scenes of partially clothed men or women and of couples kissing. In one scene, a girl describes the events leading up to losing her virginity. One character is openly promiscuous -- to the point that one man she brings home assumes she's a prostitute until she throws him out. One character is often shown in revealing/tight-fitting clothes, a robe that's half open, or just panties and a top.

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    Language: Fairly frequent use of words like "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch," as well as "p---y," "t-ts," "damn," "hell," "dick," "oh my God," and more.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: People drink wine and cocktails at a club, at a bar, and during a dinner date. One character drinks to excess on a regular basis.