Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Syrupy drama -- not much here for kids.

PG-13 2005 98 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 16+

Dramatic

Really good movie.. sad and sweet.. ,,! Must watch
age 14+

Combination of comedy and drama makes for a satisfying film!

This is a great movie, but for a Madea flick I must admit that this is more of a romantic drama than a full-on comedy movie. Madea definitely provides the tough lessons and humour you'd expect. The acting is also pretty solid. I went into the film with low expectations but most of the performances were good, including Helen's character who I felt myself sympathizing with. The ultimate message is one of forgiveness and love, but the movie also showcases unsavoury themes such as infidelity and revenge, although these are obviously painted in a negative light through Madea's commentary and the other characters' responses. Family bonds are represented nicely and sometimes dysfunctionally, but this clearly adds to the comedy aspect of the film. There are moments of slapstick violence (e.g., Madea pulls out a gun on several occasions) and bawdy, crass jokes (including some inappropriate remarks by a great uncle towards his great niece). There are even more shocking moments of violence such as domestic abuse where a husband drags his wife out of the house across the floor while mistress looks on and hard slaps to the face. Some wine drinking, smoking, and marijuana use is present in the film. The movie is sometimes cheesy and cringy, particularly the scenes with Helen and Orlando, and I wonder if this was an intentional decision. Expect several romantic kissing scenes, but nothing overtly sexual or distasteful at all. This movie should be fine for even the younger teens!

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 25, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: June 28, 2005
  • Cast: Kimberly Elise, Shemar Moore, Tyler Perry
  • Director: Darren Grant
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: drug content, thematic elements, crude sexual references and some violence
  • Last updated: April 1, 2022

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