Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Tender, Sweet and
Blonde and the Maven
hilarious Diary of a Mad Black Woman was directed by
Darren Grant, who previously directed music videos. Much
more impressive is the writer, Tyler Perry, a playwright
and burlesque character actor who has developed a major
following on stage. If that doesn't impress you, how
about the fact that he plays three of the film’s main
characters—Brian, Joe and Madea? He also composed the
music which enhanced the story! Now are you impressed?
We definitely were.
The film begins by showing us
a look into the life of Charles, a successful Atlanta
attorney who seems to have it all. His perfect life
includes a very lucrative career working in a top law
firm, adoring Helen, his beautiful, faithful, loving
wife, living in a huge mansion estate that included
swimming pools and tennis courts, having the latest
fashions, driving the finest cars and possessing more
money than he can spend in a lifetime. Just five minutes
into the story, we see Helen, played by Kimberly Elise
(The Manchurian Candidate and John Q) being told by her
husband of 18 years that he wants a divorce. Charles,
portrayed by Steve Harris (Bringing Down the House and
Minority Report), explains all of this in the most cruel
and heartless manner, with his mistress and the mother
of his two children (that Helen knows nothing about) by
his side. Hence, you hate him immediately as well as
Brenda, played by Lisa Marcos (film debut). Helen is
completely thrown for a loop. Charles literally and
physically throws Helen out of the house. He hires a
moving man and van to collect her possessions and drive
her anywhere she wants to go. She is forced to leave the
estate, all the riches and the marriage, and put her
shambled life back together. She never knew any other
life with any other man but Charles, so she naturally
feels angry and lost. Assisting Helen on her journey
into the real world is her family and friends that she
was forced to give up to be with snobby Charles, as well
as her religious faith. She goes to her beloved
grandmother Madea's house. Madea is a gun-toting, high
spirited, gutsy, not afraid of the law in any way, and
oh so wonderful character. The movie is filled with big
laughs, lots of obstacles in relationships and you might
just shed a few tears of endearment.
Blonde: Can I begin by stating how much I enjoyed this
film?! I know there are many great films through
history, and this wasn't one of them, but it certainly
was one of the best times I have ever had at the movies.
Diary of a Mad Black Woman was like Waiting to Exhale
meets The First Wives Club meets War of the Roses. ‘Ya
know Maven, it is so hard typing because my neck and
back are out and I am in so much pain.
Maven: What did you do?
Maven: When will I ever learn! What a great revenge
fantasy. That scene where Madea decides to divide
everything in the house in half…wow, I loved it. She was
the best comic relief in a movie that I've seen in a
long time. I wish she was in all the scenes.
Blonde: Without a question, her character stole this
film. Having said that, however, all the characters were
delicious and well-developed, except for the horrible
husband. You could identify with all of them. This film
was so well written, well paced, with a wonderful story
in the middle of all of the comedy. They showed comedy
situations that you would love to see yourself do in
real life but would never actually follow through with,
like the dog scene, the closet scene, the wire hangers
scene. ‘Ya know Mav, I kept a diary for 15
Maven: I don't care! The character Charles was so over
the top that at first I didn't appreciate where they
were going with him. The movie needed that caricature of
awfulness to balance out how pitiful Helen's innocence
really was. Steve Harris is great at playing a
rat-bastard. He did it so well in Bringing Down the
Blonde: I didn't think he was over the top at all. I was
married to a Charles! I found out the hard way where he
was going with that!
Maven: Tyler Perry is the bomb. Did you know that was
HIS house that they filmed the moviein?
Originally, he wrote the play Diary of a Mad Black Woman
and it had a successful run.
Blonde: I suppose so. That was some estate! I
enjoyed seeing Cicely Tyson play such a soft spoken,
kind character. She was marvelous. I loved the line she
tells Helen to let go of her anger for Charles, for if
you don't, he still controls you. How true! I also loved
that Helen's family rallied around her and welcomed her
back with open arms, even through she turned her back on
them years ago.
Maven: Well, one thing I know for sure, I would never
have turned my back on Shemar Moore. What a
Blonde: AGREED! You could just melt into his eyes.
Where are the romantic guys in real life like his
character Orlando? What guy looks into the eyes of a
woman and says, “I know I can love you past your pain”
and “All you have to do is wake up in the morning and I
will take it from there”? Do any real life men speak to
their woman this way?
Maven: Maybe YOU should have paid more attention to YOUR
moving guys the 12 times you moved all over the
Blonde: TOTAL TOUCHE'!
Maven: Remember a man wrote this film. There's some food
Blonde: I also want to comment on Kimberly's
wonderful performance in this film. She was believable,
sweet and real. By the way, I am grateful for one thing:
the Queen and the other Windsors will not be attending
the wedding ceremony on April 8. I respect that. Did you
find out yet if the party favors the Queen is giving
away are tiaras?
Maven: I'll let you know as soon as she calls me
Maven: Blonde, when Paris Hilton's “side-kick” was
hacked and phone numbers were listed on the Internet,
were you hounded by prank phone calls?
Blonde: Well, as you know Mav, Paris and I are great
pals, but my phone lines were too busy as I was speaking
with all of the Oscar hopefuls!
Maven: UH-HUH? Whatever you say! Is it hard living in
Blonde: But, what do you mean?
Maven: It's okay, I'm sure I will be FORCED to read ALL
15 years of YOUR diary's this week and I will find out
for myself. This film will inspire you to shout out at
the screen. Feel free to do it. Don't take it too
seriously, though. I know that carrying a loaded handgun
isn't politically correct but just go with it. Trust me,
it WAS funny! I rate this film an A for awesomely
inspiring. It inspired me during a bad day to remember
the days that are good and wish that I had Madea to help
me with the days that aren't.
Blonde: This film gives us all hope! It was truly a feel
good movie. It makes you realize that there is light at
the end of the tunnel, there is a rainbow peeking
through every cloud and that there can be a happy ending
for all of us!
Maven: I'll be right back. I have to go vomit
Blonde: While you're getting up, bring me back a coffee!
This film squeezed my heart, made me laugh and
made me cry. I enjoyed every second. Even though most of
the critics panned it, I loved it and think our readers
will, too! This simple, sweet, LITTLE movie called
Diary of a Mad Black Woman I happily rate an A!
For your movie snacks, I suggest you eat all the
sweets that you love the most. This is a film that IS
WORTH THE CALORIES!
Maven: Hey Blonde, MARTHA'S GETTING OUT SOON! Should we
go to K-Mart before they raise the prices on her
Blonde: Absa-Martha-lutely! Let’s go!
The Blonde, the Maven
movie-goers, WE Nailed IT!...except for the special
effects category. So NOW you can trust the Blonde and
the Maven from EN&V for all our reviews!
Blonde: Maven, was it me or was this year’s Oscar
ceremony a tad boring? It felt like the big wigs tied
Chris Rock’s hands on the comedy and how much he was
allowed to do?
Maven: Boring? It was so obvious that the ABC censors
forced Gil Cates to keep the show tame. It ended up
being the worst Oscar show yet.
Blonde: As far as I was concerned, the highlight of the
show was BARBARA showing up, and watching sexy Antonio
OKAY, LET'S DISH!
The Blonde: Hilary Swank
for her classy, simple and elegant style. Laura
Linney was gorgeous. Kate Winslet for her stunning
gown, hair and courage to wear a daring color! I know
you didn't think so, Mav, but I thought CateBlanchett
looked movie-star beautiful. Oprah Winfrey looked skinny
and classy in her gown, but she did look very tired.
The Maven: Speaking of terrible,
Blonde, Renee Zellweger looked hideous!
The Blonde: Oh, I agree, too skinny,
just to make her point after last year’s Oscars being
heavy for Bridget Jones. Her hair and color were way too
harsh; simply horrible! Talk about two Spanish beauties,
kudos for Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, role model
beautiful! For the very first time at the Oscars
finally, Gwyneth Paltrow looked positively fairytale
beautiful. Julia Roberts, as usual, looked elegant and
even better now that she is breastfeeding for two!
Charlize Theron was breathtaking and so was her main man
Stuart Townsend! Even though Melanie Griffith had on a
lovely dress, she seriously needs to stop with the
plastic surgery. Her boobs are now too big for her body
and her lips are falling off her face!
Maven: Hey, Blonde, don't be so mean!
The Blonde: Sorry! As far as the men
are concerned, Antonio looked so hot, but then he always
does! Chris Rock looked great and Oscar appropriate.
Jamie Foxx couldn't have looked classier! Leonardo
DiCaprio looked like a Greek God and oh so movie-star
handsome. Maven, I thought that John Travolta looked
better than I have ever seen him, but where was his
The Maven: I don't know,
Blonde, but I love Johnny Depp so much and I just wonder
why he went out of his way to look so terrible? Maybe
it's a French thing!
GOOD ONE, Mav!
The Blonde: What is
up with Star Jones and her ego? Maven, her hair was ugly
and as far as her dress was concerned, it fit terribly
and looked like she pulled down her grandma’s old
The Maven: Blonde, I
thought it looked more like a tablecloth, and her
earrings were the napkin rings!
Blonde: You’re right! She did such a terrible
reporting job to boot! All about her and not the stars!
However, Kathy Griffin looked and did a terrific job.
Funny lady Kathy actually saved the red carpet show!
Poor Annette Benning, this was her second chance
for an Oscar and both times she lost to Hilary Swank.
One more comment, Maven, I really felt it was wrong to
have one person sing three of five nominated songs, no
matter how good the person is. It is a conflict of
interest and took away from the excitement, glitz and
entertainment aspect of the show!
Maven: Blonde, I agree and I was upset that they
hired a comedian like Chris Rock to host and entertain,
but yet they wouldn't allow him to do just that. Maven,
Johnny Carson never would have stood for that! Poor
Robin Williams had to put tape on his mouth to remind
himself of all the things he was not permitted to say.
Too bad he would have been able to get a lot more
Blonde: Well, all in all, movie-goers, even though
the show was uneventful, after all is said and done (of
the nominated people and movies), we do believe that ALL
of the Oscars did go to the right people this year!
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