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Not Easily Broken

by DeAnn Welker January 6, 2009 1:36 pm
Not Easily Broken I'm a little wary when I read the words "uplifting drama" and "adapted from the book by renowned pastor and author Bishop T.D. Jakes" -- because what I read is "sap" and "religious sap" -- so Not Easily Broken starts out a couple paces behind for me even before I've seen the trailer.

Even with a couple of actors who I wouldn't mind sitting through a movie for -- Taraji P. Henson, so scene-stealingly great in the otherwise sappy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Wood Harris, aka Avon Barksdale -- it winds up looking just as sappy as I imagined. It's about a youth baseball coach (Morris Chestnut) who wants to have a baby with his wife, played by Henson. But she has a career and doesn't want a baby. I mean, we all know women can't have a career and a baby, right? And he's trying to get the father of one of the kids on his team to be a better man. The moral: Everyone becomes better by the end through hard work and compromise. I'm guessing she's going to get pregnant, he's going to keep coaching the kids, and Avon Barksdale's going to be a better father. Awwww. I'm practically crying ... at the clich├ęs.

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