Years ago.. when this movie came out ..I recall the commercials and the promotional tours and clip's about it. I never saw it in the theater ...but yesterday and tonight. I finally finished it.. let me say this. Tyler Perry and his ladies did an EXCELLENT job.. Loretta Devine is an actress ...that screams ..talent. I remember her in "Waiting to Exhale" and she nearly stole the film from Angela Bassett ...only in a sweet way. Thandie Newton ..whew ! She's quite the predator ..but a gutsy gal in the bed room. Micheal Ealy ..another terrific actor playing a war veteran..who beats his children and abuses his wife. Whoopi Goldberg hasn't mellowed ..but only sweetened her acting chops. She so reightfully deserved that Oscar that she won for her role in "Ghost" nearly 30 years ago . Two of the other leading ladies in the film I have had a brief encounter with. In 1999 I saw Janet Jackson in concert in Tampa,Florida very up close...that is talent .. Actress Kimberly Elise I have had the pleasure of meeting "twice" .. I met her at "24 hr Fitness" in 2005 in Hollywood,Ca. Then about in 20 teens I met her again and briefly chatted in a Ralphs super market in Hollywood. She was with her daughter ..She is another amazing actress ...Spike Lee for some reason has a born to pick with Tyler Perry because of some of his movies..? Tyler creates projects for African American females ..who wouldn't be able to work in Hollywood or Network television due to racial bias from casting agent's,producer's and director's who would prefer "Young, White or the latest flavor" in the industry. Some actresses don't really peak until they are over 35 years of age or mid 40's..? Lastly some screen writer's only write material for "White " women and to appeal to a White audience.. This movie dealt with many subjects that affect .."NEGRO" females ... Religion,Rape,Depression,Insecurity,Toxic Relationships,Bi-Sexuality,AIDS,Drug Use,Domestic violence and Class. The scene that really pissed me off was how the kids ..were dangled from the window ...but I'm sure it bothered many. Over all this ...movie was really good... I wouldn't watch it again..especially the rape scene... The actor's dug deep and delivered an outstanding performance.. !!