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For Colored Girls


From Tyler Perry comes a colorful film of great magnitude, where different women find common ground.Like a rainbow, each woman provides a different hue and perspective.Faced with the greater spectrum, they are gifted hope and inspiration.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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4 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Perry benefits from the fire, heft, velocity, and lyricism of the language, but he also updates the material and makes it work onscreen, eliciting powerhouse performances from an ensemble of actresses.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Thursday, November 4, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I kinda hate Tyler Perry but I did kinda enjoy this movie. I thought it mostly pretty well acted but Janet Jackson's character could have been cast better. A harsher watch than I expected but it was mostly pretty well written and relateable.

- SunilJawahir, Thursday, February 17, 2011

4 stars

Tragic, terrifying and beautifully poetic. For Colored Girls? is a poetically woven tragedy about the trials and struggles of black women. The movie is based on Ntozake Shange's play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf." Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad and the entire cast give remarkable emotionally powerful and moving performances. This movie will rub some people the wrong way. It is different in style and approach, and very graphic, blatant and shocking. Yes a lot happens and yes there is a deliberate urgency here and I say, so what? What better time for deliberate urgency then when the subject is so relevant?

- fb683975012, Friday, February 25, 2011

4 stars

I thought it was a very good movie and all you reviews need help the real review is what the people like and the people loved it and ur all white

- treybay681, Monday, November 8, 2010