Not Easily Broken (PG)

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Tue Apr 14 2009

When a couple hits a rough patch in the movies, it often turns into a more generalised gender war: it’s not just John versus Jane, it’s men against women. In this adaptation of TD Jakes’s novel, the sides are unevenly armed. Clarice (Taraji P Henson) may have financial success as a real-estate agent, but she loses sympathy points by always complaining about how much time husband Dave (Morris Chestnut) spends coaching baseball to deprived kids.

Things weigh even more heavily against womankind when Clarice’s mother (Jenifer Lewis) moves in to help Clarice recover from a broken leg and begins a campaign of Dave-demeaning. No wonder Dave is tempted by Clarice’s hot physical therapist, Julie (Maeve Quinlan); as we learn, he spends so much time with her only because her son needs a father. But even Saint Dave is ready to throw in the towel on his marriage.

In keeping with Jakes’s philosophy (he’s a leader of a Dallas megachurch), the moral of the film, delivered gently but firmly, is that Dave and Clarice need to invite God into their marriage. That’s a reasonable message, but it might feel more resonant if the script were a little fairer to both sexes.
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PG

UK release:

Fri Apr 17, 2009

Duration:

99 mins

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Peter

The movie has a goal to get the poinit across, and it does. Most often time is spent on the traditional faults of men, sometimes being the only cause and sometimes as in this case, having a deeper root. Most often the deeper root is not realized or acknowledged. The heart of a man is very different in some ways from a woman. Also, in this moder day society, the roles of men have dramaticaly changed, and this movie is addressing those changes. In any marriage things go unfairly, life is not all about being fair. Fairness to the sexes should be seen in movies as a whole, not just this one film. No one film can be completely fair and at the same time be real. Also, this sheds light on some of the things that women may do that hurt their marriages, and especialy as more and more women are career driven, it addresses the changing society we face. I think it is very possible that as we pursue certain things in life, we unknowingly repell other things as wel, unless we find a balance. We also need to be able to derive lessons from both sides, not just from the portrayl. A woman could cheat on her man just the same way that the man in this movie was about to. And a man can be so caught up in stuff and how he can be supported, and that hes pulling the weight, that he neglects whats most important to keeping his life happy - working on his relationship with his wife. (this movie especially points to a situation many african american women face, in one many of them who have upper level jobs or higher level education have a harder time finding a mate, and when these women do find a mate, situations such as seen in this movie can occur. Seeing how to deal and how not to deal is very important. Bitterness passed down from generations like with this ladies mother, also need to be addressed, as many black children or youngadult african americans grow up without a strong positive father figure, leaving the mother with her own issues that can be passed down and the cycle continues. This issue affects them in many ways, this movie picked one point of view. Another movie will do it from another point of view. I think there was much to learn from this movie, as well as much to relate to. The writing, although not entirely sophisticated, was still thought provoking and in some places still profound enough to give this movie a good rating. The cinematography and character development were not the makings of a classic movie feature, but this film clearly was more so intended to convey much needed messages to the viewers about one of the most important aspects of our lives, our relationships.

Peter

The movie has a goal to get the poinit across, and it does. Most often time is spent on the traditional faults of men, sometimes being the only cause and sometimes as in this case, having a deeper root. Most often the deeper root is not realized or acknowledged. The heart of a man is very different in some ways from a woman. Also, in this moder day society, the roles of men have dramaticaly changed, and this movie is addressing those changes. In any marriage things go unfairly, life is not all about being fair. Fairness to the sexes should be seen in movies as a whole, not just this one film. No one film can be completely fair and at the same time be real. Also, this sheds light on some of the things that women may do that hurt their marriages, and especialy as more and more women are career driven, it addresses the changing society we face. I think it is very possible that as we pursue certain things in life, we unknowingly repell other things as wel, unless we find a balance. We also need to be able to derive lessons from both sides, not just from the portrayl. A woman could cheat on her man just the same way that the man in this movie was about to. And a man can be so caught up in stuff and how he can be supported, and that hes pulling the weight, that he neglects whats most important to keeping his life happy - working on his relationship with his wife. (this movie especially points to a situation many african american women face, in one many of them who have upper level jobs or higher level education have a harder time finding a mate, and when these women do find a mate, situations such as seen in this movie can occur. Seeing how to deal and how not to deal is very important. Bitterness passed down from generations like with this ladies mother, also need to be addressed, as many black children or youngadult african americans grow up without a strong positive father figure, leaving the mother with her own issues that can be passed down and the cycle continues. This issue affects them in many ways, this movie picked one point of view. Another movie will do it from another point of view. I think there was much to learn from this movie, as well as much to relate to. The writing, although not entirely sophisticated, was still thought provoking and in some places still profound enough to give this movie a good rating. The cinematography and character development were not the makings of a classic movie feature, but this film clearly was more so intended to convey much needed messages to the viewers about one of the most important aspects of our lives, our relationships.