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Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

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Release Date
• USA: Feb 25, 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jun 28, 2005

Budget USD 5,500,000
BoxOffice: $50.4M

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for drug content, thematic elements, crude sexual references and some violence.

Running Time
1 hour, 56 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Diary of a Woman Productions Inc., BET Pictures, Diary of a Woman Inc., Reuben Cannon Productions, Tyler Perry Company, The

Studio Lions Gate Films

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy, Drugs, Infidelity

Tagline: Time heals the heart. Faith heals the rest.

Plot: The story focuses on Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise), who has seemingly had the perfect life with husband Charles McCarter (Steve Harris). Over the years, Helen has been a faithful and loving wife, while Charles built a successful and lucrative career as a prominent Atlanta attorney. They wear the latest fashions, drive the nicest cars, have all the possessions they need, and they live on an expansive estate complete with an extravagant mansion, swimming pool, tennis court and all the trappings of wealth – a little piece of paradise away from the city. However, on the eve of their 18th wedding anniversary, Helen’s paradise begins to crumble as Charles announces that he wants a divorce. He abruptly and literally tosses Helen out of the mansion to make room for the other woman.

With all of her possessions packed in a moving van, Helen starts on her journey to put the pieces of her life back together. Through the assistance of her friends, family, faith, and a twist of fate, Helen finds the strength and empowerment she needs to get control of her circumstances. She also finds that the tragic events of her life soon become comic, especially with the guidance and help-- mostly unsolicited, by the way--of her pot-smoking, gun-toting, and much beloved, grandmother figure Madea (Tyler

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 External Reviews
external linkA very bad another movie. I've been reviewing movies for a long time, and I can't think of one that more dramatically shoots itself in the foot. 1/4

external linkScreenwriter/star Tyler Perry pushes buttons, if not envelopes, in this Christian-themed play-cum-movie that mixes a peculiar interpretation of religion with fart jokes, a cross-dressing grandma toting a piece, pot smoking and horny old men.
--Jean Lowerison

external linkHokey and hackneyed from the get-go, DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN is so predictable, so bland, and so unctuous, that it qualifies as a movie only in the technical sense that it is on film and is projected onto a screen. 0/5
--Andrea Chase (Killer Movie Reviews)

external linkThough intermittently amusing along the way, the movie takes too long to get where it's going and doesn't have anything new to say once it gets there. 1/4
--Peter Debruge

external linkDiary is an unpleasant blend of Big Momma's House and Misery, populated with cartoonish characters and filled with flatulence jokes, puerile sentimentality, and ridiculous plot contrivances that lead to a message of "forgiveness" – which, to all appearances here, one arrives at after one has gotten all the violence and revenge out of his or her system. 2/5
--Elaine Perrone (

external link“Diary of a Mad Black Woman” is a bad movie, but the sheer weirdness of the proceedings is strangely compelling–you don’t want to turn away for fear of missing another bit of inexplicable weirdness. This is not to say that you should run out and see the film, but if you somehow find yourself in a situation where you are compelled to watch it, you can be assured that you have never seen anything quite like it before in your life. 2/5
--Peter Sobczynski (

external link...much of the plot is either corny, ridiculous or derivative. 2/4
--James Verniere

external linkThe stories are illogical, the characters are badly written, and the film constantly wavers between being ludicrous and simply boring. The whole thing is a mistake from start to finish. F
--Eric D. Snider (

external linkWith tonal shifts so abrupt that they could give you motion sickness, DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN goes from cheesy soap opera to bad slapstick to gooey romance to mean-spirited farce before ending up with one of the most utterly ridiculous and sappy endings in recent memory. 1/4
--Steve Rhodes

external link"Diary of a Mad Black Woman" tries to do too many things and only succeeds in some of them. Some may question the combination of marital drama and madness with earthy slapstick humor but it, surprisingly, works – at times. C+
--Robin Clifford

external linkDiary of a Mad Black Woman is a shambling affair, but its mixture of suds and slapstick make it a slippery contender. 1.5/5
--Marjorie Baumgarten (Austin Chronicle)

 Directed by
Darren Grant
Survivor, Making the Video, Making the Video
 Written by
Tyler Perry
Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Class Reunion, Daddy's Little Girls
Steve Harris
Minority Report, The Rock, The Skulls
Shemar Moore
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Cicely Tyson
Fried Green Tomatoes, Madea's Family Reunion, Hoodlum
Kimberly Elise
The Manchurian Candidate, John Q, Bait
Tamara Taylor
Serenity, Senseless, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Lisa Marcos
King's Ransom, Threshold
Tiffany Evans
Tarzan II
 Music By
Camara Kambon
Biker Boyz, The Wash, The Cookout

external linkWatching “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” is a truly jarring experience. Rarely has a movie been such a tonal train wreck as this one. D
--Frank Swietek

external linkThe story behind this unwieldy mix of faith-based inspiration, broad comedy and jaw-dropping melodrama seems a good deal more interesting than the movie itself. C-
--Robert Denerstein

external link...Characters arrive, carve out sizable roles for themselves, do things that are alternately awkward and endearing, then promptly disappear for half an hour. This is an ungainly way to tell a story — and yet to the degree that it allows us to spend more time with Elise's Helen, it's a happy mistake. D+
--Kevin Canfield (TheJournalNews)

external linkThis movie without doubt has a number of laugh-out-loud moments delivered with magnificent timing and even those that bait you hook, line, and sinker can't stifle your amusement. But, on the flip-side, it also has its share of cheesy cutsie scenes where you're thinking 'hurry up and be over already'. A
--Alexis Tuminello (TheCinemaSource)

external linkThe movie's frequent "twists" are as predictable as they are completely and utterly unbelievable. I had the urge to walk out after a half hour. I am sorry I resisted. 1/4
--Steve Rhodes



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