For Colored Girls

November 5th, 2010


For Colored Girls

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Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.1/10 (3,285 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Tyler Perry

Stars: Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg

The movie is based on Ntozake Shange's play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf." Unlike the original play which featured only 7 women known by colors performing the collection of 20 poems, the movie has given each of the 20 characters names. Each of the poems deal with intense issues that particularly impact women in a thought-provoking commentary on what it means to be a female of color in the world.

Writers: Tyler Perry, Ntozake Shange

Kimberly Elise - Crystal / Brown
Janet Jackson - Jo / Red
Loretta Devine - Juanita / Green
Thandie Newton - Tangie / Orange
Anika Noni Rose - Yasmine / Yellow
Kerry Washington - Kelly / Blue
Tessa Thompson - Nyla / Purple
Phylicia Rashad - Gilda
Whoopi Goldberg - Alice / White
Macy Gray - Rose
Michael Ealy - Beau Willie
Omari Hardwick - Carl
Richard Lawson - Frank
Hill Harper - Donald
Khalil Kain - Bill

Taglines: Many voices. One poem.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 5 November 2010

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Opening Weekend: $19,497,324 (USA) (7 November 2010) (2127 Screens)

Gross: $37,721,949 (USA) (16 January 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Mariah Carey was cast as Tangie, but dropped out when she learned she was pregnant.

Juanita: [enters the office] Hi! I'm Juanita Sims, and I'm so glad
[shakes hands with Jo]
Juanita: you took this meeting. Now I'll be quick, because I know you're very busy.
[sits on the chair]
Juanita: I read in your magazine about your upbringing. I just knew that this would be a program that you would respond to. First of all, I'm a nurse, and I have just opened a free health and wellness clinic in a community center in one of the poorest neighborhoods in this city. Oh, forgive me. I'm just a little nervous. As you know...
Jo: Where do I come in?
Juanita: Well... It's a little non-profit, and everything I do I do out of my own pocket and...
Jo: Let me stop you right now. I give to cancer, I give to Africa, I give to education. Those are my charities of choice.
Juanita: Well, those are all very good charities, but there is so much need in our own community.
Jo: 'Our?' We are all afforded the same opportunities in 'our' community. What they do with theirs, it is not my issue. Your answer is no. End of conversation.

User Review

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Rating: 5/10

This is very much a piece of art. Determining the value of a piece of art is very personal. This movie may speak to some and may bore others to death. This movie needed editing, probably shaving a good 30 minutes off wouldn't have hurt. It has some very powerful scenes and is definitely not a movie to see because you want to just relax and laugh.

That being said, I am very disappointed that one poster decided to comment not about the movie but about their own personal prejudices about black women, and probably black people in general. I'd like to point out, that NOT ONE woman in this film was on welfare. NOT ONE woman in this movie was living off "the tax payers" and NOT ONE woman in this film was living on easy street. If you just want to rant about your own personal prejudices then go to one of the political blogs. This is supposed to be an honest discussion about the movie.


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