Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 2005. BET Pictures, Diary of a Woman Inc., Diary of a Woman Productions Inc., Reuben Cannon Productions, The Tyler Perry Company. Screenplay by Tyler Perry, based on his play. Cinematography by David Claessen. Produced by Reuben Cannon, Tyler Perry. Music by Elvin Ross. Production Design by Ina Mayhew. Costume Design by Keith G. Lewis. Film Editing by Terilyn A. Shropshire.
Tyler Perry adapts one of his incredibly successful plays to the big screen with terrible results. Kimberly Elise does her best but cannot give anything genuine to this bombastic tale of heartbreak and revenge, as a woman married to wealthy Steve Harris who thinks her life is in perfect order. One day, husband comes home and announces that she is out on the street and has been replaced, leaving her with nothing but the clothing on her back. After rebuilding herself with the help of her mother, her grandmother (Perry, ridiculous in drag) and a new man (Shemar Moore), Harris falls on bad luck and is in need of her care. Now Elise has the opportunity to either get revenge, or be the bigger person. Perry sets up a wonderful scenario, but the uneven, awkwardly directed plot features some embarrassingly overdone drama and cheesy romance.