For Colored Girls [Review]

Based on the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” written by Ntozake Shange, For Colored Girls tells the tale of nine women that are dealing with life in their own terms. Janet Jackson portrayed Jo (Red) who is an edgy magazine editor that is having issues in her marriage. Kimberly Else portrays Jo’s assistant Crystal (Brown) who is in the midst of an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. Loretta Devine portrays Juanita (Green), a nurse that educates women at the local clinic but has problems trying to kick her two timing boyfriend to the curb. Whoopi Goldberg portrays Alice (White) who is in a cult like religion and she’s estranged with her oldest daughter Tangie (Orange) portrayed by Thandie Newton and ready to send her youngest daughter Nyla (Purple) portrayed by Tessa Thompson off to college. Nyla also takes dances classes from Yasmine (Yellow) portrayed by Anika Noni Rose. Kerry Washington portrays Kelly (Blue) a Social Worker that stumbles into the lives of Crystal and Nyia all while dealing with a troubling issue of her own. Phylicia Rashad portrays Gilda, the apartment manager that seems to know the going ons with Crystal and Tangie.

Most of the script is composed of the poems that are adapted from the Shange poem. While watching this movie, you can start to tell when T.P.’s influence is in the film. Deaths, homemade abortions, rape, etc are all brought to light as the movie goes on. The situations in this movie will move you because of the impact that is felt as it happens. The films darkest moments involves Crystal, Nyia and Yasmine.

This movie is different from most of his work but it should make his female fans happy.