The grand scale nervous breakdown implicit in the film’s title never fully gets realized, and the best we get is Helen domineering her husband after the contrivances of the plot have him ending up in a wheelchair.
Will he recognize the error of his ways and recover the ability to walk again through God’s miracle?
The black woman, she is as diverse and as beautiful as the billions of humans she gave birth to.
The first homo sapiens to appear in the fertile land of East Africa were nurtured from her bosom; the wisdom and strength that is characteristic of the black woman today is not a recent acquisition but qualities that were honed over thousand of years.
My parents are in their sixties and my father would never had abandoned his role of being a man by not providing for his family simply because the idea of him doing that and still being a man was nonexistent in those days.
So the guardians have traditionally been the men: language, religion, laws, social norms, values, taboos and all the other nuances of a culture have often been created, disseminated and maintained by men.In other words, card-carrying existentialists might want to avoid , since none of the characters are whipped into filet mignon, but the message remains the same.To wit: God is great, follow the Ten Commandments, and it’s okay to bend the rules a little (in the name of crass comic relief or excruciating violence) as long as everything turns out wholesome in the end.A guardian is not necessarily one individual but a a societal role established for a certain group to maintain control, identity and direction.A guardian is a holder of culture; through a guardian culture and values are disseminated.Awesomely popular within the Christian community, Perry’s film adaptation clearly preaches to the converted while presupposing its TV-sitcom humor will win (or convert) new fans.Considering the success of pro-Christ films in today’s red state market, he may well be right.Big-shot Atlanta attorney Charles Mc Carther (Steve Harris) kicks loving wife Helen (Kimberly Elise) out of the mansion when he succumbs to another woman.With no money, no prospects, and no claim of ownership over her husband’s possessions when he files for divorce, Helen is forced to return to her goofball family in the hood and, of course, her faith in Christian morality.Grotesquerie becomes Dickens, and Iannucci, who co-adapted the novel with Simon Blackwell, has assembled a formidable ensemble to delight in and distill all the whirlwind freakishness.It’s at the level of casting that the film is most original, since Iannucci has taken a color-blind approach: an Indian David, a Hispanic Agnes (Rosalind Eleazar), a Chinese Mr. Racial distinctions are further clouded by the fact that, say, the black Mrs.