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Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Tyler Perry, Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Shemar Moore and Cicely Tyson

Rated: PG-13
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: February 25, 2005 Released by: Lions Gate Films

Playwright Tyler Perry’s film is part comedy, part drama and all heart.

Perry has written and produced a number of Christian plays that he has presented to a mostly Christian black audience. Based on one of those plays, Perry has taken on three roles, an old spunky grandfather, a young lawyer and his most popular character, Madea, a pistol-packing feisty granny.

Kimberly Elise is Helen, the title’s much maligned character. She’s married to Charles (Steve Harris from TV’s “The Practice") and they live in a mansion so large it could easily house the entire population of Rhode Island.

He treats her so badly, that on their anniversary, he comes home with his girlfriend in tow and forcibly kicks Helen out of their home and moves his mistress and his two children in.

With nowhere else to go, she ends up at Madea’s doorstep. The old woman tells Helen that Charles owes her big time for the 18 years she was his wife and they head over to demand some of that property, along with Madea’s gun, of course.

It's hard to describe Perry’s work as it's often violent and dark, then an eccentric character played very broadly shows up and it turns into a comedy with Gospel music playing in the background.

There’s a wife and mother strung out on drugs, a dirty talking grandfather, a sweet suitor (Shemar Moore), an elderly mother forced into a nursing home, played by Cicely Tyson and of course, the bigger-than-life Madea played by a guy in drag.

Elise is a real beauty who can be sweet one minute and raging the next and Harris sure does make us hate him.

Percy is certainly talented (he also wrote a lot of the music) and even though his Granny Madea isn’t believable, she did make me laugh!

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