Tyler Perry's film is a bit of a departure from his usual humorous take on life. Although he does throw in a bit of drama now and then , the lighter side dominates. His newest film, based on poet Ntozake Shange's play, is quite heavy.
Perry, accustomed to working with large casts, directs Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and Whoopi Goldberg, as they cope with their messy lives.
Set in a Harlem apartment building where most of the women live, they deal with abuse, rape and very difficult relationships. Even though they have separate story lines, their living arrangement connects them.
The use of soliloquies that were relied on in the play, probably worked better on stage than they do on screen. Here they break up the flow from one scene to the next, and seem out of place and awkward.
Its great to see such wonderful actresses together with strong roles, however the film doesn't come together well and therefore fails to satisfy.