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In 1974, Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” made its stage debut, combining poetry, dance and music, and most significantly, placing the black female experience center stage. In lyrical, honest, angry, funny and tender language, Shange’s “colored girls” evoked the feelings woven into the fabric of black female life in America. Within two years, the play became a Broadway sensation, won an Obie and Tony Award, and would eventually be produced in regional theaters throughout the country. Now, thirty six years later, filmmaker Tyler Perry adapts this landmark work for the big screen, integrating the vivid language of Shange’s poems into a contemporary narrative that explores what it means to be a woman of color - and a woman of any color - in this world.

FOR COLORED GIRLS weaves together the stories of nine different women – Jo, Tangie, Crystal, Gilda, Kelly, Juanita, Yasmine, Nyla and Alice – as they move into and out of one another’s existences; some are well known to one another, others are as yet strangers. Crises, heartbreaks and crimes will ultimately bring these nine women fully into the same orbit where they will find commonality and understanding. Each will speak her truth as never before. And each will know that she is complete as a human being, glorious and divine in all her colors.

Lionsgate and TPS present a 34th Street Films / Lionsgate production. FOR COLORED GIRLS stars Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Michael Ealy, Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick, Hill Harper, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington and Whoopi Goldberg. FOR COLORED GIRLS is written for the screen and directed by Tyler Perry, and based on the stage play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf’ written by Ntozake Shange. The film is produced by Tyler Perry, Paul Hall and Roger M. Bobb.

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  • M.H

    Full Lips....A woman with ...full lips....are considered to be mothers with babies on their hips....I am thirsty for everlasting water...for us and our daughters......if I beg,I beg for this....with my....FULL LIPS. Thank you for following Jesus ,Tyler Perry

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  • I am not a victim! London

    Great movie, but the title along with the fact the characters were black strongly suggests that the issues were "black" problems. I grow more and more annoyed by the picture the media paints of me. I am not a victim! I don't struggle to overcome a life of battle, nor are my brothers all criminals or the friend of criminals who didn't "make it out of the hood". Since "the media is the most powerful entity on earth", this image transfers to real life and impacts on my life, its disappointing that my people feed into that and release movies such as for coloured girls. I refuse to accept that the cases shown in this movie are limited to black women, and would have enjoyed the movie much more if if wasn't for that.

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    • Ishmael US #2108035

      I won't come to invalidate your experience and class privilege. Your location, having been based in the UK and closer to the topic of colonialism is apparent by your statement, meaning you have been the most impacted by the means of destroying Black life and fluidity. The African-American experience has been documented as one of great struggle, but these struggles do not aspire victimhood or false belief, but instead great works of art from a collected experience. While I am not here to invalidate your experience, do not come to invalidate the experiences of many who have connected with this movie. If not for movies like this, showing the intersection of race and gender enveloped by Black womanhood, there would not be a discussion or any notice. Your sentiments are realized by Jo, the character played by Janet Jackson and she has a great transformation over the course of this movie and finds her community. I wish the same for you.

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  • James West Yorkshire uk

    Most of these actresses are not appreciated for good they are, Impeccable acting, phenomenal film powerful and thought-provoking....... I would recommend this film to anyone.

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  • Samanta Trinidad and Tobago

    This is unfortunately a grim reality in the world we live in. Sad, Sad, Sad events that many girls and women and have gone through and are going through now. Highlighting it may allow others to be case sensitive to these matters. Thanks!

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  • Matilda Lagos

    I really need the movie for colored girl where can I get it, I have being looking for it but no where to fine it.

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  • Derrowsha ennis

    this is a powerful movie this shows how strong black women is through life

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  • Renee Black Glenwood Springs, CO

    WOW! Powerful movie that portrayed the struggles of WOMEN...young, old, black or in my case... white. The hardships we as women go through in a lifetime as a child, sister, daughter, lover, friend, mother. The harsh reality of sexual abuse we face from birth on because we are simply born female and the impact it has on ones life in love, marriage, families but most of all on ourselves, until we are able to forgive, not blame ourselves and RISE ABOVE.

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  • SULEE CHESAPEAKE, VA

    This movie had a very profound impact on me. In some way nearly all of the situations shown reflected some of my memories of things I have been through. Physical abuse, rape, loosing a child, religious fanaticism, unfaithful partner, self loathing etc. I saw nothing racial about it and every thing WOMAN. So it was done for Colored Girls. So what. It applies to all women irregardless of age , race or religion. I recommend all women watch this movie. Tyler Perry has done a tremendous job of hitting home on a number of serious problems in any society for Women. Am I Black? Technically I am white but in reality am many generations of multi-racial and proud of all of it. All any one of us is is the accident of our birth. Each could have been born one race as another and that is a lot of what this movie brings out too. The trials and situations these Women went through has no color. Ladies Watch this movie!!!!! It is for All of us.

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    • joe miles 3162 walsh road #1893225

      a very good movie this was said and great at the same time..................................lol

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  • Miles Long Beach

    Tyler Perry I am sory Kimberly Elise along with great talented actors are not bad actors, I was having a bad day please forgive me for colored girls is actually a great movie please forgive me and Tyler if it makes you feel better I bought from you with Aj productions.com I got your VHS tapes so please forgive me I'm not perfect I'm really want you to think the best of me my mom was disappointed what I shared with her what I comment on your movie so please forgive me.

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  • Miles Long Beach

    For colored girls, more like "for black hearted girls" once again Tyler a bad movie with bad actors.

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  • Charmaine Theresa Hofmeister South Africa

    Good evening Tyler I just watched for Colored Girls and Class Reunion for the second time and I enjoyed it again. I also watched Medea goes toe jail that was good in fact all your movies I love to bits God Bless best regards Charmaine Theresa Hofmeister

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