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"Diary of a Mad Black Woman" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

A well to do couple, "happily" married for many years, are about to have their anniversary when the husband, Charles, decides he is done with the marriage and kicks his wife, Helen, out of the house.  His new girlfriend has already moved in and he has ordered a U-Haul, packed with his wifes belongings to take her away. The U-Haul is driven by a nice guy, Orlando, who bends over backwards to try to make things easier for Helen. However, she is in too much shock to treat him with any respect and kicks him out of the truck and drives herself to her grandmother Madea's house. Madea convinces Helen she needs to get revenge on Charles and they proceed to break in and vandalize Charle's and his new girlfriend's, Brenda, clothes and other belongings.  Unfortunately the law does not look so kindly upon these acts and Helen ends up needing a lawyer, so Madea's nephew steps in to help out.

Helen ends up coming to peace with herself and wanting to move on. She run's into Orlando, the U-Haul driver, again and he woo's her and they develop a strong relationship.

Charles ends up in some shady dealings as an old "friend", a drug dealer who Charles did some dirty work with to earn extra cash, comes back to black mail him into being his attorney. Things do not go well for the drug dealer, Jamison, in court and he is found guilty. Jamison cannot believe this outcome, blames Charles, and takes a bailiff's gun and shoots Charles. Helen finds out about the shooting on the news and run's to Charles' hospital bedside.  Helen and Brenda were both asked if the plug should be pulled on Charles' life, since he would now be paralyzed. Well, the wonderfully loving Brenda says no, however Helen was still legally married and she let him live. Helen goes on to take care of Charles and treat him very poorly, getting her revenge. Eventually she forgives him and he apologizes for his ways.  Helen free's herself from her shackels of rage by giving Charles signed divorce papers and running away to Orlando, finally a happy woman.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2005, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 56 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Kimberly Elise, Shemar Moore, Tyler Perry, Steve Harris
  • Directed by Darren Grant
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I'm not the world's biggest Tyler Perry fan, but I did find the movie interesting and I was entertained for the almost 2 hours of the film. Good performances by the cast, especially Steve Harris, who plays an exceptionally horrible man.

Technical


The picture quality in this 1080p MPEG4 transfer is decent, but nothing special. I found it to be a bit flat and soft with nothing really popping from the tv screen. The audio was good, with clear dialog and good use of the front main speakers.

Extras

Commentary, outtakes, and a few featurettes.