A formidable and underrated screen presence, actor Kimberly Elise follows up the
middling 2004 melodrama Woman Thou Art Loosed with, sadly, another trite
female-empowerment tale, this one about a scorned Southern woman unceremoniously
evicted by her wealthy husband to make room for his mistress. Without any
prospects, Helen (Elsie) flees to the other side of town and takes up residence
with Madea (author Tyler Perry, in drag), an outrageous, foulmouthed matriarch
whose take-no-crap attitude inspires Helen to lose her Stepford hairdo and learn
to enjoy life again.