Not Easily Broken

Theatrical Release: January 9, 2009
Not Easily Broken
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Synopsis

After years of disagreeing on what true happiness, success, and love really are, Dave and Clarice Johnson have finally reached a breaking point in their marriage. When Clarice is hurt in a car accident, the obvious truth that more than just her injuries need immediate attention is exposed. Their odds of making it worsen as Clarice begins to see a physical therapist, and Dave develops a friendship with Julie and her teenage son Bryson. The acceptance and comfort he finds in them stirs his longing for a family and a passionate partner. As temptation tugs at Dave and Clarice pulls farther away, they must confront whether their vows are or are “Not Easily Broken”.

Dove Review

This movie has very fine performances by the actors, especially by Morris Chestnut as David Johnson, a good man who coaches a local boys’ baseball team in addition to working at his own business, and by Taraji P. Henson as his high strung wife Clarice. She’s a real estate agent who likes to put on a show for people to let them know she is a bit more well off than she actually is.

Their pastor marries them in the beginning of the film and reminds them as he places three cords on their necks that their marriage should include God in order for it to be successful. Clarice begins to stray from this, as she becomes jealous of David’s time spent with his friends and the kids he coaches in baseball. She wants to be the focus of his attention, says she isn’t ready for kids, and doesn’t have time for him when he does focus his attention on her. This leads to his unhappiness and his eyes begin to wander for the first time in their marriage as he meets a woman who is drawn to him.

The story is interesting and realistic but a bit too much realism where it isn’t necessary hurts this as a family-friendly film. There are a few graphic comments about sex, and a scene in which a wife tries to seduce her husband and she wears very little. In addition, the language is surprisingly strong in spots and included what sounded like a biblical profanity, and in addition several strong utterances of language. Due to these content issues, as listed below, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie. We wish the editors had used the scissors a bit more and kept the entire family in mind for this one.

Content Description

Sex: A wife is displeased with him and says that's why he hasn't been "getting any"; married man fantasizes about woman giving him an oil treatment; married man kisses single woman but regrets it; man in process of divorce tries to set up a date with a single woman
Language: A-20; D-10; H-9; G/OMG-4; "Sweet Jesus" might have been meant as prayer but said in exasperation; Possible Chr*st-1; Cr*p-1; Scr*wed-2
Violence: Tense and explosive arguments between husband and wife; fist fight between some men as they are playing basketball; a car accident which looks realistic.
Drugs: Drinking in a few scenes
Nudity: woman in revealing negligee
Other: A sudden death of a young person; a lot of marital tension; family problems as a mother-in-law interferes in marriage; a pastor counsels a couple and tries to help them.

Info

Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Writer: Brian Bird and T.D. Jakes
Director: Bill Duke
Producer: Clint Culpepper
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 100 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter