Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
IMDb Rating 5.0
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
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)
Few movies are made with the personal fervor of Diary of a Mad Black Woman. When Helen (Kimberly Elise, Beloved) is literally thrown out of her house by her callous lawyer husband (Steve Harris), her sense of self unravels. She finds herself on the doorstep of her gun-toting grandmother Madea (cross-dressed Tyler Perry), who sets Helen on the road to dignity and forgiveness--with a few detours along the way. The plot of Diary of a Mad Black Woman unfolds in a dizzying melange of styles, from soap opera to campy comedy to chick-flick romance to gothic revenge to inspirational tale of redemption. Perry, like Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor, plays multiple roles in a family, two of which are over-the-top scenery-chewers while the other is a sincere, generous family man with a drug-addicted wife. This everything-including-the-kitchen-sink approach reflects the play's origins; Perry adapted the screenplay from his enormously popular gospel play, a genre of melodrama featuring extreme emotional drama and whiplash inducing plot turns. Some viewers will clutch this movie to their breast as a cinematic feast; others will see it as so schizophrenic it borders on the surreal. But either way, Elise's charismatic performance will keep you engaged throughout. Also featuring Cicely Tyson (Sounder), Shemar Moore (The Brothers), and Judge Mablean Ephriam (Divorce Court). --Bret Fetzer
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Romance
Director Darren Grant (II); Darren Grant
Producer Reuben Cannon; Tyler Perry
Writer Tyler Perry
Studio Lion's Gate
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 116 mins
Movie Release Date 2/25/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 611
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 4/21/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 031398175568
Release Date 6/28/2005
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Reflections on Diary
Tyler Perry Commentary
Making Of Featurette
Who's Tyler Perry Featurette
You Can Do It...It's Electric
Tyler Perry Collection Trailer
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