For Colored Girls

Whenever my editor assigns me to see a Tyler Perry film, I react as does the prisoner of a warlord in The Kentucky Fried Movie sketch “A Fistful of Yen,” when he is sent to Detroit as a form of torture: I kick; I cry; I scream; and I pray for death … but I always say yes, because, damn it, I need the money. For Colored Girls, about the intersecting lives of several African-American women in New York, is a despicable, depressing, frightening waste of time. Seemingly every horrifying thing a person can think of—from rape and back-alley abortions to child murder—is thrown into this movie for the shock value, without any real substance. It is a dirty, foul movie, the likes of which I hope I never have to see again.



  • Tyler Perry


  • Kimberly Elise
  • Janet Jackson
  • Loretta Devine
  • Thandie Newton
  • Anika Rose
  • Kerry Washington
  • Tessa Thompson
  • Phylicia Rashad
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Macy Gray
  • Michael Ealy
  • Omari Hardwick
  • Richard Lawson
  • Hill Harper
  • Khalil Kain


  • Ozzie Areu
  • Roger Bobb
  • Paul Hall
  • Ozzie Areu
  • Joseph P. Genier
  • Nzingha Stewart
  • Michael Paseornek

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