The 2010 movie For Colored Girls is the film adaptation to the book For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf written by Ntozake Shange. Tyler Perry deterred from his norm to produce and direct this compelling drama that will leave the spectator speechless. He gathers a superbly talented cast of phenomenal female actors to bring this script to life. The complicated and extremely diverse lifestyles of these women are brought to life in a fashion that you feel the emotions of each one long after the conclusion of the movie. You discover how four family situations, completely diverse from each other are brought together through uncommon, yet universal circumstances. A deep sense of love and belonging seems to be a central theme throughout the film.
A mother, (Whoopee Goldberg) and two daughters (Thandi Newton and Tessa Thompson) are at odds with each other. Daughters (Newton and Thompson) long for that motherly love that should exist between mother and daughter, but is absent due to the religious obsession and scrupulous past actions of the mother (Goldberg). Another mother of two (Kimberly Elise) is living with the children's father who is a disturbed war veteran, is abused by him, but has to work to support the family. Her employer (Janet Jackson) is also yearning for love. She is married to a homosexual unknown to her, and has contracted HIV. Character played by Loretta Divine is searching for love, and continues to stay in a shaky relationship. A dance instructor played by Anika Noni Rose becomes a victim of date rape.
These women's lives crisscross through a very observant apartment manager played by Phylicia Rashad, and a conscientious Social Worker, played by Kerry Washington. The threads of rape, lude sexual behavior, abortion, inability to conceive, infidelity, religious zealot, HIV and homosexuality are all woven throughout this colorful female fabric of issues that confronted these women. In conclusion, they manage to comfort each other knowing that none of them are invincible to pain and disappointment no matter what their status in life may be. Verse is intermingled throughout the movie that narrates the feelings these women are experiencing. The climatic points of seeing your children dropped from a window onto the pavement, hearing your husband tell you he prefers men rather than women, and staring at death from a failed abortion, the viewer will not want to miss this movie.