Diary of A Mad Black Woman (2005) was directed by Darren Grant and written by Tyler Perry. Grant is a 1995 graduate of California State University Northridge with a B.A. in Film Production. He also directed the music video "Survivor" by Destiny’s Child. This movie has a serious side to it as well as a humorous side. While watching it, I felt sadness, strife, perseverance, strength, and joy. If you liked movies such as Why Did I Get Married and Norbit, then you may like this movie as well.
The movie is about a couple named Charles (Steve Harris) and Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise) who have been married for 18 years and who seem like they have the perfect marriage and perfect life. At least, this is the impression that they present to the public. Well, the fake outside appearance they portray is far from the truth. Charles is a wealthy black lawyer and is well-respected in the community. By his side, and always eager to please him in any way possible, is his wife.
As Helen is anxiously waiting for Charles’ arrival home one evening so they can celebrate their anniversary, he brings in his mistress. What a terrible thing to have to witness and come to grips with. The man you have been married to for 18 years has another woman! He then tells Helen he wants a divorce, drags her out of the mansion, and throws her onto the porch. This scene gave me a knot in my stomach having to watch him treat her like an animal.
Filled with hurt and anger, Helen goes to stay with her grandmother, Madea. She then begins a diary of the struggles she now faces in order to begin rebuilding her empty life. Many times as she writes it is sad because her eyes are filled with tears. Along the way, she meets a hard-working, handsome fellow named Orlando (Shemar Moore). Defensive and sarcastic towards him at first, she begins to notice that she is falling in love with him. Yes, women! There is still love after a messy divorce! Helen is finally feeling a sense of independence and also begins to strengthen her relationship with God. Being a woman myself, viewing the intense religious scenes and seeing Helen's faith beginning to grow gave me chills. It made me want to begin looking into my life and to have faith in the many fountains of joyous times that are still ahead of me.