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With his cult-like following, Tyler Perry's film rendition of his stage play is sure to be a success. This movie pulls the heart strings in every possible direction. Following Helen's fall from high society causes one to be angry at her for being so weak and dependent on a man and yet proud for dusting herself off and trying again. This move shows that faith and love combined can see you through any circumstance and make it possible to see the best in others. Madea, Perry's most recognized character, does not hesitate to "tell it like it is"; something that many people don't get to hear enough. She gives Helen the kick she needs to get back on her feet and attempt to love again. The knight in shining armor, played by Shamar Moore, reminds us all, that love can happen with no strings attached. Byron, Madea's grandson, has his own cross to bear as he struggles to let go of the mother of his children while knowing that he still loves her in spite of the damaging decisions she has made. This is a truly a must see again, again, and again.
The best movie I've seen in a long time.
This movie feels like home. Its not right or wrong, it just is. Its just like life, its what happens when your just trying to get to the next day. Sometimes life is a mix of people, situations and choices (good and bad). If this movie seems to you to be "all over the place"; hasn't life ever felt like that to you? I loved it.
I think Diary Of A Mad Black Woman is the best movie that I have seen in a long time.. This is the type of movie that people of a younger generation want to see instead of allot of killing and cursing.. It has everthing that you could want in a movie.. I give the movie 2 :up:... And may God continue to bless Mr. Tyler Perry in everything that he produces...:)
I went to see this movie today and I absolutely loved it. It makes you wanna laugh, cry, and think. This movie really hit the spot for me. However, my dissappointment is with the critics. I hate to pull the race card on this one, but I am going to have to go there. For year black cinema has had to be safe. Black writers always have to be careful and appeal to a broad audience. White writers can make movies that black people do not even come close to relating too. I feel that this movie appeals to anyone who has been hurt before. As for the comedy, it is something that black people can relate to more being that we are dramatic and handle situations differently. At the time it may not be funny, but when you look back at how you acted you just laugh and laugh. Black people do not believe in just sweeping thing like that under the rug. It is how we are able to get through trials like these and still keep a smile on our faces. I am not asking that anyone love this movie as much as I did, but I am asking for these critics to take a step outside of themselves and try to see things in a different light. It is high time that movies are made with having to go through the scrutiny of crossing over to the white audience.
I read what the critics had to say and I respectfully disagree with their summation. Who knows, maybe they just couldn't relate. I saw the movie on it's opening night (2/25/05) and was joined for it's viewing in a packed house. The theatre where I saw the movie had sold so many tickets that they had to move the movie to their largest screen. I also read the message boards at Tyler Perry's site and discovered that this movie opened to packed movie theaters nationwide and more than one theater showed this movie on multiple screens, all sold out. So what does that mean? Maybe nothing, but the many entries on the message board stating that they were going again today to see the same movie speaks volumes. There were also numerous requests for information concerning when the DVD of this movie would be available for purchase. In my opinion that speaks louder than any movie critics voice...but that's just my opinion. I often wonder how movie critics can relate to any film they see if they spend all their time watching movies. When do they have time to live life and understand the emotions of the viewers, who do experience life? For producers and the Hollywood machine, dollars speak louder than movie critics and in my opinion they will now be listening more to Mr. Perry than his critics. I really enjoyed this movie. My emotions ran the full gamut from joy to anger to sadness and back to joy & laughter again. I don't know if any of the critics were Black or not and it really doesn't matter. If they've ever been in an abusive relationship, they should have been able to relate. Just because the movie talks about Jesus doesn't mean that it can't be real. Even the strongest Christians have times when they don't want to forgive someone who has done them wrong. Who hasn't? Our country is sick and tired of pious, religious people and it was refreshing to see a real portrayal of real human emotions. I've been done wrong and wanted to draw & quarter the guy, but I didn't and that's the real difference between civilized humans and barbarians, yet if we're honest, we have to admit that we have some pretty dark thoughts at times. The truly inspiring thing about this movie was that it didn't just show to packed houses of Black people, but crossed the color line and showed to packed houses in predominately white communities as well, like The Woodlands, Texas. Critics or no critics, everyone should see the movie for themselves and then decide...just my opinion
This movie made me laugh, cry and holla! I don't care what these snobby critics think, Madea MADE this movie! I want to go back and see it again and again just to have Shemar Moore tell that girl everything I always wanted to hear!! ;) Fabulous Job Tyler Perry on making a Great Movie!:up:
:fresh: This movie was fresh. I laughed a lot. Shemar Moore looked BANGIN. There was a random guy playing gramma. If you don't have a little black in you, you might not get this movie. But if you do, it's a must-see.

:rotten:This movie almost made a fresh for me, but now that I think about it... I liked it alot but there was just something missing that I can't put my finger on. It could be the messy genre story, filled with a mix of comedy, drama and melodrama. A movie I wouldn't mind seeing again so it's not that bad.
:fresh: A refreshing look at what people go through when relationships go bad or have been bad for along time. It might look like just another chick flick to most people. Lots of messages in this one and some great laughs. Mostly an unknown cast. A great story of enpowerment, mostly aimed at women but the message applies to men also. This film was a great suprise much like, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" Was. If you get dissapointed at this one then you need to see it untill you "get it." It's got a fairytale feel to it with shades of "Big Mammas House" and a dash of, "An Officer and a Gentalman." It was worth the money and the wait in line.
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