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For Colored Girls (2010)

R | | Drama | 5 November 2010 (USA)
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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.


Tyler Perry


Tyler Perry (screenplay), Ntozake Shange (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Many voices. One poem.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,497,324, 7 November 2010

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was a 1975 play, first staged in California. It has also been performed Off-Broadway and on Broadway, and adapted as a book, a television movie to a planned theatrical film. See more »


When the "Lady in Green", Loretta Devine, does her solo of "Someone took my stuff" because her boyfriend walked out on her; she has on two different green earrings. See more »


Juanita: Ever since I realized there was someone called a colored girl, or an evil woman, a bitch, or a nag, I've been trying not to be that, and leave bitterness in someone else's cup.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.26 (2010) See more »


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Not a Standing Ovation, but a Commendable Job
26 November 2010 | by mamamia126See all my reviews

As a huge Ntozake Shange fan, I was not skeptical, but rather CURIOUS as to how her work would be translated on-screen, especially when I found out Tyler Perry was the director. I have nothing against Tyler Perry and actually find most of his movies pretty enjoyable, but they're definitely a bit cookie-cutter, stereotypical, and trite. That's why I give him kudos for this film, as it was certainly a pleasant departure from his previous work. I was pleased with his direction and the realistic portrayal of most of the characters in the film. (A couple were overdone, but I shall get to that in a moment.) There was definitely a slight fluidity issue, but nothing that overshadowed the overall success of the film. When I talk about fluidity, I mean the cohesion of scenes, but I definitely liked the way that Shange's actual poems were incorporated into the film. It didn't seemed forced or like Perry just stuck in the recitals because he knew they needed to fit in somewhere, but well thought-out and fitting with the dialogue.

The cast was pretty strong over-all. Kimberly Elise, by far, led the pack with her amazing skill. Every time she graced the screen, the emotion and sorrow in her eyes pierced through my heart. She was absolutely PHENOMENAL and I expect her to be well recognized come award season. Thandie Newton was GORGEOUS as always, and did great, but seemed slightly overdone at times, especially when she tried to speak ebonics. (But that is expected, as she has a natural foreign accent.) I've noticed a lot of people criticize Kerry Washington's character as "overdone," but I really liked Kerry in this film and believed her completely. Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, and especially Phylicia Rashad also stood out to me, though they had some of the lesser roles. All three did wonderfully with what they were given. Janet Jackson...eh. I don't know what it is about her, but I have never been impressed with her acting. I don't know if she's not digging enough or if screen just isn't her forte, but she never feels believable to me and I feel uncomfortable watching her. I would definitely call her the weakness in the film.

A controversial topic regarding this movie is its "theme" (many label it a Sisters movie) and the message it portrays. A male friend of mine who was dragged along to see this movie with his cousin found it highly offensive to black men. I'm not going to lie---it certainly does label black men as "douches." All black men, with the exception of Kerry Washington's husband in the film, are portrayed as either emotionally, verbally, sexually, or physically abusive, selfish, and heartless---which as we all know is NOT true in real-life. There are plenty of great black men in this world that are educated, good providers, loving, respectful, honest, and that know how to treat women like princesses. I don't think was a man-bashing movie, but more-so a film that highlights many issues women experience that come hand-in-hand with broken families, absent fathers, violent men, rape/sexual abuse. I would recommend this to not just all black women, but to women of all races, as we ALL know someone---whether it be ourselves, our moms, our daughter, our sisters, our aunts, our cousins, our friends---who can relate to the struggles shown For Colored Girls.

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