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KarenS Film Review: For Colored Girls

Directed by Tyler Perry
Produced by Tyler Perry
Screenplay by Tyler Perry
Janet Jackson
Loretta Devine
Anika Noni Rose
Thandie Newton
Whoopi Goldberg
Phylicia Rashad
Kimberly Elise
Tessa Thompson
Kerry Washington
Release date(s) November 5, 2010
Running time 133 minutes
Country United States
Language English

I watched this film last night, and I have to say, I’m still reliving it, even now.

The movie was adapted from Ntozake Shange’s 1975 stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf.

It had a great ensemble cast that included, Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Devine, and Thandie Newton. Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, For Colored Girls is a series of poetic vignettes that explore the lives of modern African American women.

In the original adaptation, each character deals with a different personal conflict, such as infidelity, abortion, rape, domestic violence etc.

Also as per the stage play, each of the major characters are represented by a colour, e.g. Jo, played by Janet Jackson was red, Alice, played by Whoopi Goldberg was white, Yasmine, played by Anika Noni Rose was yellow, Crystal, played by Kimberly Elise was brown, and so on and so forth. This was visually represented in the film, by the color of the clothes each character wore.

I have to warn you, this isn’t a film with much light in it. (more…)