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Powerhouse revivalist T.D. Jakes plays himself in this gritty examination of how childhood sexual abuse scars African-American women. Kimberly Elise is an ex-con who's been raped by her stepfather, and Loretta Devine is her mother, an ardent churchgoer who's refused to face the uncomfortable truth. The movie is adapted from a stage play, and the dialogue, while packed with insights and even poetry, is frequently declaimed rather than spoken. The heavy-handed delivery may reflect the urgency of the message—that women need to face the past and stand by their children—but it impedes the drama. Michael Schultz (Car Wash) directed; with Clifton Powell. R, 99 min.

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