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:: Diary Of A Mad Black Woman

Tyler Perry made a name for himself mostly in Atlanta, Georgia, for producing popular plays on stage that featured African-Americans in moral quandaries. He has had the ability to play different characters in the same play. Tyler decided to try his hand at movies. His first attempt at a movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, became an unexpected hit at the box office and opened a lot more eyes to Tyler Perry's work.

This story centres on Atlanta power couple Helen (Kimberly Elise) and Charles (Steve Harris), whose tenuous relationship careens toward a bitter finale. She's a bit clueless. Charles has two sons with his mistress, yet Helen doesn't catch on until he literally throws her out of their happy home. Broke and alone, she moves back to her former, less-privileged neighbourhood, finds new love with sympathetic Orlando (Shemar Moore), and rediscovers life as a strong black woman.

Whatever one's take on the oddness of the combination, there is no denying the power of Perry's unique mixture of cross-dressing outrageousness and Christian good intent, or the fine acting talent of the entire cast.

Diary of a Mad Black Woman may be considered a little too ambitious and tonally schizophrenic for its own good, but it does demonstrate Perry's promise, both as an adaptable performer and an independent thinker. it has a positive message at its heart. Redemption is the central theme. Revenge is nice, but sometimes forgiveness can be a lot nicer.

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