Diary of A Mad Black Woman Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Shemar Moore

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Helen McCarter (played by Kimberly Elise) is about to celebrate her 18th wedding anniversary to her successful attorney husband Charles (played by Steve Harris) when problems occur. Helen returns home one afternoon to find all her clothes and personal belongings removed from her closet. When she sees a brand new rack of designer clothes hanging in her closet she assumes that Charles has brought her a new wardrobe. When Charles returns home that night he is not alone. He has brought along his mistress, who is the mother of his two illegitimate children and the woman he wants to marry. Helen is devastated by the news and is in severe denial as she begs Charles not to leave her.
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Charles, who is arrogant and selfish, has hired a Uhaul service to take away all of Helen's possessions. In the most degrading manner possible, Charles drags Helen and tosses her out of the house. With nowhere else to go, Helen asks the Uhaul driver named Orlando (played by Shemar Moore) to drive her to her Aunt Medea's house. Although a bit reluctant to get involved, Orlando agrees to help Helen. After Orlando and Helen argue en route to her aunt's house, Helen manages to get into the driver's seat and she takes off on Orlando with the truck.

Upon arriving at Aunt Medea's house (played by Tyler Perry) Helen must do a little groveling and explaining in order to stay with the aunt she has virtually abandoned since she married Charles. It seems Charles didn't want Helen to have anything to do with her less well off relatives. Medea is a sassy woman who becomes infuriated when she hears about Charles' shenanigans. The following morning she convinces Helen to go back to the mansion and go on a rampage.

Ultimately, the two women end up behind bars after Charles calls the police. Luckily, Helen's cousin Brian (played by Tyler Perry) bails the two women out. Helen's mother (played by Cicely Tyson)is a religious woman who urges Helen to heal her pain through prayer and forgiveness. When Helen meets up with Orlando again during a family barbecue, romantic sparks begin to fly between them. For the first time in her adult life Helen is forced to get gainful employment. Pushing her pride aside, Helen gets work as a waitress at a restaurant and starts earning her own money for the first time in her life. Helen gets deep satisfaction out of the way she has stood on her own two feet and rebuilt her life. At the divorce hearing Helen surprises everyone when she tells the judge that she wants nothing from Charles other than her attornies fees.

When Charles is shot and paralyzed by a disgruntled client Helen rushes to his side while his girlfriend bails out on him. Torn between compassion and revenge, Helen takes care of Charles and nurses him back to health. Meanwhile, Orlando has presented her with an engagement ring and is awaiting her answer to his marriage proposal. Can Helen manage to forgive Charles and rebuild a life with him? Or does her future lie with Orlando?

The review of this Movie prepared by Sandra Calhoune

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   marriage going to pieces Family, loving    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   aunt Lover is...    -   totally uninterested

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   waitor/waitress Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   play

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