Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
First Look: Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith & Jason Clarke In 'Terminator: Genisys,' Plot Details Revealed First Look: Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith & Jason Clarke In 'Terminator: Genisys,' Plot Details Revealed Marvel Announces 'Black Panther,' 'Captain Marvel,' Two-Part 'Avengers: Infinity War' And More Marvel Announces 'Black Panther,' 'Captain Marvel,' Two-Part 'Avengers: Infinity War' And More 8 Films That Influenced Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' 8 Films That Influenced Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Exclusive: Sean Durkin Directed Video For Sharon Van Etten's "Your Love Is Killing Me" Exclusive: Sean Durkin Directed Video For Sharon Van Etten's "Your Love Is Killing Me" Listen: 1-Hour Masterclass With Paul Thomas Anderson At The New York Film Festival Listen: 1-Hour Masterclass With Paul Thomas Anderson At The New York Film Festival Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Series Finale — Season 5, Episode 8 ‘Eldorado’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Series Finale — Season 5, Episode 8 ‘Eldorado’ Watch: A Twisted Jake Gyllenhaal Crosses The Line In Wicked Red Band Trailer For ‘Nightcrawler’ Watch: A Twisted Jake Gyllenhaal Crosses The Line In Wicked Red Band Trailer For ‘Nightcrawler’ Watch: 'The Invisible Man,' A 50-Minute Documentary On The Life And Career Of Stanley Kubrick Watch: 'The Invisible Man,' A 50-Minute Documentary On The Life And Career Of Stanley Kubrick Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco And More Join James Franco’s 'Zeroville' Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco And More Join James Franco’s 'Zeroville' 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence 10 Great Self-Absorbed, Narcissistic Movie Assholes 10 Great Self-Absorbed, Narcissistic Movie Assholes Kristen Stewart Says She's Taking "Time Off" From Acting To Pursue Other "Creative Endeavors" Kristen Stewart Says She's Taking "Time Off" From Acting To Pursue Other "Creative Endeavors" Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

New Trailer For Tyler Perry's Latest, 'For Colored Girls,' & A Defense Of The Perry Oeuvre

Photo of Katie Walsh By Katie Walsh | The Playlist September 15, 2010 at 4:42AM

Yesterday, the trailer for Tyler Perry's newest, non-Madea effort, "For Colored Girls," hit the web, and it's showing the writer/director to be moving in a new, more serious direction. In fact, it looks like Mr. Perry is getting all "Precious" on us. That's kind of an overstatement, but the "Precious" producer is showcasing a much grittier side to his talents in his adaptation of the the acclaimed 1975 play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange. When the project was announced, many derided the tongue twister of a title as typical over-the-top Perry, but nope, it's the original title of the play/"choreopoem" (the play is 20 poems performed by seven female characters), and the film's title has now been cut down to the more manageable "For Colored Girls."
0

Yesterday, the trailer for Tyler Perry's newest, non-Madea effort, "For Colored Girls," hit the web, and it's showing the writer/director to be moving in a new, more serious direction. In fact, it looks like Mr. Perry is getting all "Precious" on us. That's kind of an overstatement, but the "Precious" producer is showcasing a much grittier side to his talents in his adaptation of the the acclaimed 1975 play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange. When the project was announced, many derided the tongue twister of a title as typical over-the-top Perry, but nope, it's the original title of the play/"choreopoem" (the play is 20 poems performed by seven female characters), and the film's title has now been cut down to the more manageable "For Colored Girls."

Starring Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Akika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Kimberly Elise, Macy Gray and Loretta Devine, the film is billed as, "a poetic exploration of what it is to be of color and a female in this world." Industry insiders are whispering Oscar tentatively around this project, since Lionsgate moved its release date up from January 11th to the awards season-friendly November 5th. Everyone seems to be tiptoeing around the fact that Perry might be stumping for his own work at the Oscars this year (he made the rounds with Oprah as co-producers of "Precious" last year). And according to the trailer, it seems very high on the melodrama, and his cinematic style seems to have evolved to a new place, aesthetically at least. It's his first time adapting someone else's original work, so it's definitely new territory for him. There's no shortage of powerful actresses in his cast, so the performances will be ones to watch.

Allow us to now step up on our soapbox for just one second. Read our defense of Tyler Perry after the jump.

Yesterday, the trailer for Tyler Perry's newest, non-Madea effort, "For Colored Girls," hit the web, and it's showing the writer/director to be moving in a new, more serious direction. In fact, it looks like Mr. Perry is getting all "Precious" on us. That's kind of an overstatement, but the "Precious" producer is showcasing a much grittier side to his talents in his adaptation of the the acclaimed 1975 play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange. When the project was announced, many derided the tongue twister of a title as typical over-the-top Perry, but nope, it's the original title of the play/"choreopoem" (the play is 20 poems performed by seven female characters), and the film's title has now been cut down to the more manageable "For Colored Girls."

Starring Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Akika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Kimberly Elise, Macy Gray and Loretta Devine, the film is billed as, "a poetic exploration of what it is to be of color and a female in this world." Industry insiders are whispering Oscar tentatively around this project, since Lionsgate moved its release date up from January 11th to the awards season-friendly November 5th. Everyone seems to be tiptoeing around the fact that Perry might be stumping for his own work at the Oscars this year (he made the rounds with Oprah as co-producers of "Precious" last year). And according to the trailer, it seems very high on the melodrama, and his cinematic style seems to have evolved to a new place, aesthetically at least. It's his first time adapting someone else's original work, so it's definitely new territory for him. There's no shortage of powerful actresses in his cast, so the performances will be ones to watch.

Allow us to now step up on our soapbox for just one second. Read our defense of Tyler Perry after the jump.

It's been in fashion amongst critical circles to deride Perry's oeuvre as trite and one-note melodrama, a joke among true cinephiles, and it is true that his comedy is broad and moral overtures less than nuanced. However, his films reach a vastly underserved and loyal audience, which is why they turned out in droves at the box office and made Hollywood sit up and take notice. His films tend to cram in every storytelling experience, stuffing comedy, romance, and high drama into every nook and cranny. Perry also manages to hit that sweet spot where he's simultaneously celebrating and satirizing his own culture and the culture of the majority of his audience, much to the delight of all involved. It's telling that New York Times critic A.O. Scott took in a screening of "Meet the Browns" at the Court Street UA Theater in downtown Brooklyn, rather than attend a small press screening, because it's the audience and their reaction that matters in this narrative experience. The demographic he makes his movies for enjoys them, and isn't that what cinema is all about?

Ultimately, the proof is in the pudding, and Perry delivers at the box office for a small company like Lionsgate, often beating out major studios on his opening weekends. In this day and age where mid-range budgeted original films not based on a previous book, remake, franchise, sequel or plastic '80s toys are on the endangered species list, Perry is staying successful and making returns at the box office with just that product, which is a huge success in itself.

All this is just to say, don't discount the man because he's making it work on his terms in Hollywoo
d, which is never an easy feat. "For Colored Girls" is one to keep an eye on as he tries something new, but even as someone not in the "Tyler Perry Demo," this writer hopes that he still keeps doing Madea-- as outlandish as she is, she still has something to say that's worth listening to, or a least worth the laugh.


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates