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Not Easily Broken
Morris Chestnut




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Faith, family ties, and marital fidelity are all put to the test in NOT EASILY BROKEN, a thoughtful African-American domestic drama based on the novel by mega-pastor T.D. Jakes. As the film opens, Dave Johnson (Morris Chestnut) sets the story to date: his marriage to Clarice (Taraji P. Henson), his dream of being a major league baseball player, and the couple’s shared love and faith. Ten years later, Dave’s dreams have been dashed by a career-ending injury, leaving Clarice’s success as a real estate agent to fuel their tony life. This leaves Dave feeling increasingly emasculated--a volatile situation further enflamed by Clarice’s criticism that Dave spends too much time coaching inner-city youths. This simmering tension boils over when the two are involved in a near-fatal car crash. Clarice’s subsequent physical rehabilitation compels her embittered mother (Jenifer Lewis) to move into the couple’s home and join Clarice in chastising Dave for ignoring his husbandly duties. To escape this daily barrage, Dave spends more and more time with divorcée Julie (Maeve Quinlan), the physical therapist who helps Clarice get back on her feet, as well as Julie’s young son. But when tragedy strikes, Dave and Clarice must finally confront their failing marriage and flagging faith, and reclaim the honesty and respect that once defined their life together. Director Bill Duke (SISTER ACT 2, COVER) balances relationship humor with heartfelt lessons in NOT EASILY BROKEN--an approach ably brought to the screen by an excellent cast--to show that when bad things happen to good people, they are often the challenges we need to find the best in ourselves and each other.

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Overview

Faith, family ties, and marital fidelity are all put to the test in NOT EASILY BROKEN, a thoughtful African-American domestic drama based on the novel by mega-pastor T.D. Jakes. As the film opens, Dave Johnson (Morris Chestnut) sets the story to date: his marriage to Clarice (Taraji P. Henson), his dream of being a major league baseball player, and the couple’s shared love and faith. Ten years later, Dave’s dreams have been dashed by a career-ending injury, leaving Clarice’s success as a real estate agent to fuel their tony life. This leaves Dave feeling increasingly emasculated--a volatile situation further enflamed by Clarice’s criticism that Dave spends too much time coaching inner-city youths. This simmering tension boils over when the two are involved in a near-fatal car crash. Clarice’s subsequent physical rehabilitation compels her embittered mother (Jenifer Lewis) to move into the couple’s home and join Clarice in chastising Dave for ignoring his husbandly duties. To escape this daily barrage, Dave spends more and more time with divorcée Julie (Maeve Quinlan), the physical therapist who helps Clarice get back on her feet, as well as Julie’s young son. But when tragedy strikes, Dave and Clarice must finally confront their failing marriage and flagging faith, and reclaim the honesty and respect that once defined their life together. Director Bill Duke (SISTER ACT 2, COVER) balances relationship humor with heartfelt lessons in NOT EASILY BROKEN--an approach ably brought to the screen by an excellent cast--to show that when bad things happen to good people, they are often the challenges we need to find the best in ourselves and each other.

Main Cast & Crew

Bill Duke - Director
Morris Chestnut
Taraji P. Henson
Kevin Hart
Jenifer Lewis
Wood Harris
Niecy Nash
Eddie Cibrian
Cannon Jay
Albert Hall
Nathaniel Carter

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 99
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396264281
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for sexual references and thematic elements)
  • Release Date: April 2009

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Movies > Dramas

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Infidelity
Marriage
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Relationships
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Religious Faith
Based On A Novel

 

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Reviews:
"This is a likable and pleasant film, based on a book by the Rev. T.D. Jakes....NOT EASILY BROKEN is well-acted and involving..." - 01/10/2008 USA Today


"[H]eartfelt and strongly delivered by a committed cast headlined by Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson....It is persuasive in its portrait of a husband and wife who must decide whether their frayed marriage is worth fighting to save." - 01/09/2008 Los Angeles Times


3 stars out of 5 -- "The drama is balanced out with well performed bits of comedy that lend a sweetness to the trouble of the film's central relationship and a weight to the more dramatic moments." - 01/09/2009 Box Office


"Laughter through tears is director Bill Duke's M.O., and he hits the bull's-eye of that modest target." -- Grade: B - 01/16/2009 Entertainment Weekly


"NOT EASILY BROKEN exerts an unmistakable appeal, thanks to an absorbing story and fine performances from Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson." - 01/09/2009 Washington Post


"[The film] has the saving grace of a lively sense of humor that certainly helps the spiritual medicine go down.... - 01/08/2009 Hollywood Reporter

 

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