Is 'For Colored Girls' a double-edged sword for Tyler Perry?
The release on Friday of "For Colored Girls," the movie version of Ntozake Shange's landmark play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," is generating a lot of excitement, particularly among fans of the play.
But despite the pedigree of the play and a high-caliber cast that includes Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg and Phylicia Rashad, there is also a sizable continigent who are anxious about the film's writer and director, Tyler Perry, the most consistently successful -- and controversial -- black independent filmmaker in Hollywood.
Many wonder whether Perry, who specializes in comedic melodrama and simplistic plots, has the sensibility or the skills needed to handle such challenging material.
-- Greg Braxton
Photo: From left, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Devine, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton in "For Colored Girls." Credit: Patrick Harbron/Lionsgate