Not Easily Broken

Not Easily Broken

In Theatres: 
Jan 09, 2009
Running Time: 
99 Minutes
Did you know?

Author T.D. Jakes appears in this film.

Not Easily Broken, written by T.D. Jakes and adapted to film by  screenwriter Brian Bird and director Bill Duke is mostly a male perspective look at relationships, marriage being the dominate focus. The story revolves around Dave Johnson (Morris Chestnut) and his wife Clarice (Taraji P. Henson) who haven’t seen eye to eye in years. Dave wants children but Clarice is to tied up with her career. Meanwhile Dave’s friends offer up two more perspectives on marriage that offer a greater depth to the whole concept of the film making for an extremely intriguing and honest representation of marriage and the many pitfalls that can ruin that bond.

I was completely blown away by the amount of realism and the complete understanding of marriage and relationship and the societal interferences that tend to get in the way of one of the most important bonds between two people. Its got its subtle and not so subtle ways of dragging you into some of the points of the film. One of them being the relationship between Dave and Clarice. Taraji P. Henson does a fantastic job of creating a character that you can’t help but hate, and you wish the worst for her and for her relationship with her husband, but its not until after you grasp the point behind the films motivation that you realize what’s being said. You catch yourself and you suddenly feel almost childish when the meaning of love and marriage materializes even though its been there the whole time. It’s confusing I know but you simply have to see the film which I guarantee you wont regret. I was a little disappointed with my audience as a handful of people snickered and talked through the film. This is a deep complex look at a specific subject that is so engrossed in metaphor as well as honest clarity that you really need to just watch and enjoy. The film is hilarious in some parts, and yes its okay to laugh, but even these scenes hold a message that rings true in life. I have nothing but praise for Not Easily Broken and hold it up as one of the best out of 2009 so far. A must see, especially for couples, married or not. Enjoy.



AJ Garcia
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