Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
Directed by: Darren Grant
Runtime: 116 min
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Official Site: DiaryofaMadBlackWomanMovie.com
Kimberly Elise .... Helen
Steve Harris .... Charles
Shemar Moore .... Orlando
Tamara Taylor .... Debrah
Lisa Marcos .... Brenda
Tiffany Evans .... Tiffany
Cicely Tyson .... Myrtle
Tyler Perry .... Brian/Madea/Joe
Terrell Carter .... Reverend Carter
Carole Mitchell-Leon .... Mildred (as Carol Mitchell-Leon)
Avery Knight .... BJ
Vickie Eng .... Christina
Gary Sturgis .... Jamison
Bart Hansard .... Guard
Chandra Currelley-Young .... Chandra
Helen McCarter has everything a woman wants: a nice house and a rich husband. However, after her husband Charles throws her out of the house after admitting to having an affair that has resulted in a child, a distraught Helen turns to her mother, grandmother Madea, and cousin Brian. They take her in and turn her back to God. Helen learns for the first time in her life to stand up on her two feet and is ready to remove herself from her relationship with Charles and move on with Orlando. But when her husband is almost killed by a vengeful client, Helen wonders if she has the heart to forgive him despite everything.
This movie turned out to be much more than I was expecting. Not only was it very funny, but it had a great story as well. Helen's grandmother Madea really personifies all of the anger and hate that Helen is feeling inside while at the same time representing the peace and contentment that she's always wanted.
Madea is the focus of what brings you in to the story. You can't wait for her to go on a destructive rampage (which she does a couple of times). Before you know it, you find yourself caring about Helen and how she is dealing with her own anger.
For the humor and story alone, I would give it at least a 3.5 out of six, but for being much more than what I was expecting, I give it a 4/6.
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