Not Easily Broken

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Not Easily Broken
Not easily broken poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bill Duke
Produced by Brian Bird
T. D. Jakes
Clint Culpepper
Aaron Norris
Curtis Wallace
Screenplay by Brian Bird
Based on Not Easily Broken
by T. D. Jakes
Starring Morris Chestnut
Taraji P. Henson
Maeve Quinlan
Kevin Hart
Wood Harris
Eddie Cibrian
Jenifer Lewis
Niecy Nash
Music by Kurt Farquhar
Cinematography Geary McLeod
Edited by Josh Rifkin
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release date
  • January 9, 2009 (2009-01-09)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Box office $10,726,909[1]

Not Easily Broken is a 2009 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Bill Duke.[2] The film is written by Brian Bird based on T. D. Jakes' 2006 novel of the same name.


Dave (Morris Chestnut) and Clarice Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) have reached a breaking point in their marriage. When Clarice is injured in a car accident, her mother Mary (Jenifer Lewis) intervenes. The obvious truth that more than just her injuries need immediate attention is exposed. Clarice begins to be treated by Julie (Maeve Quinlan), a physical therapist. Dave develops a friendship with Julie and her teenage son Bryson (Cannon Jay). The acceptance and comfort Dave finds in the two stirs his longing for a family and a passionate partner. When Bryson unexpectedly dies in a swimming accident, Dave and Julie's relationship grows closer as Clarice pulls farther away. Dave and Clarice must confront whether their marriage vows are or are not easily broken. Dave later visits Julie after she calls him, and he comforts her in her grief. They begin to kiss, but Dave realizes it is Clarice he truly wants. The couple reunites once Clarice expresses to him the reasons for her mother having such a big input in their marriage. They reunite and Dave finds out that Clarice is pregnant.



At the Black Reel Awards, Bill Duke was nominated for Best Director, and Brian Bird was nominated for Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted.[3]

Taraji P. Henson won Best Actress at the BET Awards for her role in the film combined with two other performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and The Family That Preys.

Albert Hall won the Grace Award for Movies at the 2010 Movieguide Awards.[4]


The film has received mainly negative to mixed reviews from critics. As of December 20, 2014, Rotten Tomatoes reported that 33% of critics gave positive reviews from critics based on 38 reviews.[5] Another review aggretator, Metacritic, gave the film a 43/100 approval rating based on 18 reviews.[6]

Box office performance[edit]

On its opening weekend, it opened #9 with $5,600,000 in 724 theaters with an $7,735 average.[7] In total it made a domestic gross of $10,572,742 millions.


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