Ever wonder what Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia
might have looked like if all the characters had been black women? You probably haven’t, but still, for about an hour that’s what Tyler Perry seems to be shooting for with For Colored Girls
, his adaptation of the renowned play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
By focusing on the profoundly troubled lives of nine African-American women, Perry gives every member of his large ensemble the chance to take center stage. Kimberly Elise dominates the proceedings as Crystal, the forever put-upon personal secretary for powerful magazine editor Jo (Janet Jackson...