Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Synopsis: Helen McCarter has everything a woman wants: a nice house and rich husband. However after her husband Charles throws her out of the house after admitting to an affair a distraught Helen turns to her mother, grandmother Madea and cousin Brian who take her in and turn back to God. Helen learns for the first time in her life to stand up on her two feet and is ready to remove herself from her relationship with Charles and move on with Orlando. But when her husband is almost killed by a vengeful client, Helen wonders if she has the heart to forgive him despite everything.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Darren Grant
Production: Lions Gate Films
  13 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

March 11.

Dear diary,

my husband of 18 years...

this week is being honored

by the city of Atlanta...

as the Jacob Frienstein

Attorney of the Year.

I am so proud of him.

He has worked so hard.

I wanna swing

Swing till daylight

with you

I wanna dance

Dance the whole night through

Where the beat-beat-beat

is jumping

And the crowd is feeling fine

Where the dance-dance-dances

are popping

Theirs are flowing like wine

I wanna swing

Swing till daylight with you

I wanna dance...

To look at us...

you would think

that we've got it all together.

But looks can be deceiving.

Some days are good

and I think he loves me.

Then other days...

I think he doesn't care.

Dancing till daylight

Just us two

Kicking up my heels...

I never thought

I'd see this day.

I was just saying

to my wife this morning...

that if I died and came back...

that I would want

to come back as me.

No, truly it is an honor...

to receive the Jacob Frienstein

Attorney of the Year Award.

It's especially

an honor because...

He is so into appearances.

What looks one way

on the outside...

can be a totally different

matter on the inside.

There is no way...

no way...

that I could have done

any of this...

without my wonderful wife

of 18 years.

I don't know this stranger

I sit next to.

All I know is that with

every dime and every case...

he has changed.

How about l...

run us a hot bath?

I left something at the office.

I have to go.

Who is she?

When you get a job

and pay one of these bills...

then you can ask me questions.

I am still your wife.

That's cute.


I don't want to fight.

This is your night.

Let's just enjoy it.

Tell me what I need to do,

and I will do it.

You really want to know

what you ought to do?

Get the hell out of my car.

What a way

to start our anniversary.

Tell me...why do I love

that man so much?

Maybe if I could stop

thinking about...

how good things used to be...

I might be able to find

the strength to leave.

Hi, Sarah. How are you?

Hi, Mrs. McCarter.

Hey, Mrs. McCarter.

Kalvin, how are you?

How is Joanne?

-She's doing great.

-That's great.

-You doing all right?

-I'm wonderful. Thank you.

Listen, is he in?

Because I brought him, uh...


Actually, I'm headed that way--

No, no. Please.

Thank you, though. Thank you.


What, um...


I'm Brenda Marcos.

How do you do?

Um...we got to go.

You ready, little fella?

It was nice to meet you.

Is that her?

Don't play games with me.

Tell me, Charles.

Is that her?

Thank you.

I'll see you at home.

Excuse me.

Excuse me!


-What are you doing?


Where are you going

with my things?

Lady, look...I'm just filling in

for my cousin because he's sick.

Somebody named Charles McCarter

or something like that...

rented this truck,

told me to load it up and wait.

So that's what I'm doing.

No. Wait. Wait.



Christina, there--

there is a man out there

putting my things in a truck.

What is going on?

Mr. McCarter asked me to pack

all your things this morning.

And all these clothes

are from the boutique.

I wish I had a man to do

something like this for me.

Happy anniversary.

-I have something to tell you.

-Your gift first.

Aren't you going to open it?

Charles, I have to admit...

I thought you forgot,

but I saw all the clothes...

in the closet

and...ta-da! Ha ha!

It's not exactly my taste,

but I love it.


This one, it doesn't really

fit quite right, though.

I think I'm going to have

to get some alterations--


You see how I keep

interrupting you?

Charles, I only want

to hear the good tonight.


I need to tell you something.

What is she doing here?

I asked her to come.

Charles, what is going on?

Is she wearing the dress

that I just picked out?


There's no easy way

to say this...

but our marriage

has run its course.

It's over.

What? What are you

trying to say?

I'm saying...

it's over.



don't act so surprised.

I mean, I haven't

touched you in a year.

I haven't...well...

I haven't been happy for years.

18 years, and you think

you can just come in here...

and end it like this?

Charles, what am I supposed

to do without you?

You're a bright girl.

You'll figure it out.


-Oh, my God.

-Don't do this.

Please tell me you're not one of

those weak begging sisters.

Brenda, let me handle this.

You are not leaving.

No...I'm not leaving.

But you are.

There's a truck outside.

It's full of gas,

and I hired some guy...

to take you

anywhere you want to go.

I can't keep treating her

like this. And my children...

not seeing their daddy

every night.

I'm staying here and there--


Two boys. They need me.


It's me.

How can you say this to me?

How can you do this to me?

Good-bye, Helen. Now,

be a lady and leave quietly.



You would've never had

any of this without me.

Now, you better

get up out of here...

-before I lose my temper.


No, I am not leaving!

-You what?


You're leaving, all right.

You're leaving. Go on.

Any way you want to do it.

Get up! Get up!

Aah! No! Charles! No!

Come on.

Huh? Come on.

What you doin'?

Get out of here! Get out!

Charles! Charles!


Oh, what the hell

have they got me into?

Hey, look...

we've been driving

around for hours now.

I do have another job that

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Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, playwright, and filmmaker. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million USD between May 2010 and 2011.Perry created and performs the Madea character, a tough elderly black woman. Perry's films vary in style from orthodox filmmaking techniques to filmed productions of live stage plays. Perry is estimated to have earned around US$75 million by 2008. Many of Perry's stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as films. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. Perry has developed several television series, most notably Tyler Perry's House of Payne, which ran for eight seasons on TBS from June 21, 2006, to August 10, 2012. On October 2, 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network. The partnership was largely for the sake of bringing scripted television to the OWN, based on Perry's previous success in this area. Perry has created multiple scripted series for the network, The Haves and the Have Nots being its most successful. The Haves and the Have Nots has given OWN its highest ratings to date as of 2014, with the series also referred to as "one of OWN's biggest success stories with its weekly dose of soapy fun, filled with the typical betrayals, affairs, and manipulations." more…

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