Ron Phillips
Chris Nashawaty
January 14, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Not Easily Broken

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
01/09/09
performer
Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Wood Harris, Kevin Hart, Maeve Quinlan
director
Bill Duke
distributor
Sony Pictures Entertainment
author
Brian Bird, T.D. Jakes
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

If you’ve ponied up 10 bucks to see The Brothers or The Best Man, you’ll know what you’re in for with Not Easily Broken, a churchy dramedy about a young African-American couple coping with a strained marriage. Morris Chestnut, a vet of both of those earlier films, aces the role of the put-upon husband. ?And Taraji P. Henson (Benjamin Button) adds a dash of ? vinegar as the materialistic wife with a shrewish live-in mother. Laughter through tears is ? director Bill Duke’s M.O., and he hits the bull’s-eye of that modest target. ?B

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