|For Colored Girls (2010)|
|Rating: 5.9/10 (5,950 votes)
Director: Tyler Perry
Writer: Tyler Perry (screenplay), Ntozake Shange (play)
Stars: Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton
Runtime: 133 min
Released: 05 Nov 2010
|Plot: Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.|
Each woman is represented by a color: Jo Bradmore represents red, Tangie Adrose represents orange, Yasmine represents yellow, Juanita Sims represents green, Kelly Watkins represents blue, Nyla Adrose represents purple, and Crystal Wallace represents brown. Additionally, the characters of Alice Adrose, who represents white, and Gilda, who does not represent a color, were made specifically for the film.
The film opens with the nine main characters reciting a poem of their inner thoughts (“Dark Phrases”). Kelly arrives at Tangie’s brownstone to see Crystal about the safety of her children. At that time, Juanita arrives to leave her lover, Frank, a potted plant and telling him that she is breaking off their affair (“No Assistance”). Kelly attempts to speak with Crystal’s children on how they ended up in the hospital, but is unsuccessful when Crystal’s alcoholic, veteran husband, Beau Willie, kicks her out. Crystal’s nosy neighbor and apartment manager, Gilda, informs Kelly of Crystal’s situation (“A Night with Beau Willie Brown”) and reveals she was the one who called her. Meanwhile, Alice, Tangie’s mother, shows up to beseech Tangie for money, but gets rebuffed instead.