Guess Who (film)
Guess Who is a 2005 American comedy film about race relations directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan. It is a loose remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, a film about a black man marrying a white woman; this film instead focuses on a black woman marrying a white man. The film stars Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana; the majority of the film was filmed in New Jersey. Theresa Jones takes her boyfriend, Simon Green home to meet her parents on the occasion of her parents' 25th wedding anniversary, planning to reveal that they are engaged. However, what Theresa has left out is that Simon is white, her father, dislikes Simon immediately because of his race. Wishing to impress Percy, Simon lies to him about being a NASCAR pit driver for Jeff Gordon, not realizing that Percy is one of his biggest fans. After catching Theresa and Simon in a compromising position, Percy tries to force Simon into a hotel, but all the hotels in town are booked. Instead, he allows Simon to sleep in his basement on the couch, where Percy sleeps.
With the help of his personal assistant Reggie, Percy tries to dig up as much dirt on Simon as he can as well as creating the ideal black boyfriend for Theresa instead of revealing her boyfriend is white. He manages to get Simon to reveal that he lied about being a NASCAR driver and that he needs a $50,000 loan. Simon discovers. Percy goes to tell his daughter this new information, however Simon claims he wasn't fired and instead quit. Angry that he didn't tell her the truth, Theresa leaves while Percy's snooping and plagiarism of his vows temporarily strains his relationship with his wife, Marilyn; the next morning Percy and Simon find the women to apologize, but while Marilyn and Percy reconcile and Theresa break up and he leaves. On the day of his anniversary, Theresa tells her father that she and Simon were going to get married. After wondering why a man planning to get married would quit his job, Percy realizes that Simon quit his job due to his boss' disapproval of interracial relationships.
Percy goes after Simon and brings him back to Theresa where they get back together the festivities begin. Bernie Mac as Percy Jones Judith Scott as Marilyn Jones Zoe Saldana as Theresa Jones Ashton Kutcher as Simon Green Hal Williams as Howard Jones Kellee Stewart as Keisha Jones Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Joseph Jones Sherri Shepherd as Sydney Robert Curtis Brown as Dante RonReaco Lee as Reggie Phil Reeves as Fred Nicole Sullivan as Liz Klein Jessica Cauffiel as Polly Niecy Nash as Naomi Kimberly Scott as Kimdra Richard Lawson as Marcus The film's working title was The Dinner Party. At one point, Harold Ramis was slated to direct. According to Box Office Mojo, the film earned $68,915,888 domestically and another $32,950,142 internationally, giving it a total gross of $101,866,030 worldwide. Guess Who gathered mixed reviews, earning a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the final consensus stating that "Despite the chemistry of its stars, Guess Who, a lacks the political relevance of the original."said of the film, "A succession of tired race jokes made worse by the bad comedic timing of the bland, under-talented Ashton Kutcher", The Wall Street Journal said, "Guess Who is, impurely and a comic premise borrowed, turned around and dumbed down to the level of sketch or sub-sketch humour" and Rolling Stone said, "Guess what?
It's bearable". More positive reviews included The Baltimore Sun, which said, "The movie's sweetness and charm go beyond its can't-we-all-just-get-along premise". Something New Official website Guess Who on IMDb Guess Who at Box Office Mojo Guess Who at Rotten Tomatoes
Girlfriends (2000 TV series)
Girlfriends is an American sitcom that premiered on September 11, 2000, on UPN and aired on UPN's successor network, The CW, before being cancelled in 2008. The final episode aired on February 11, 2008; when Girlfriends returned in fall 2007 for its eighth season, it became the longest-running live-action sitcom on network television, on air during that time. It was one of the highest-rated scripted shows on television among African-American adults 18-34, including its spin-off The Game; the series debuted on UPN on Monday September 11, 2000. After airing for several years on the network at 9/8C on Mondays, The CW moved Girlfriends to Sundays at 8/7C; the ratings plummeted. On October 9, 2006, along with The CW's other African-American programs, moved back to Mondays. At this point, Girlfriends returned to its original time slot. While UPN was still airing new episodes of Girlfriends, the network began airing reruns five days per week; when the show moved to The CW network after UPN merged with The WB network, MyNetwork TV picked up the rights to air reruns of Girlfriends, although they discontinued this.
WE tv, a network with women's programming acquired exclusive rights to air the limited-release episodes on Sundays and exercised an option to not allow broadcast television networks re-broadcast rights to these reruns. The final two episodes recorded before the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike aired back-to-back on Monday, February 11 at 9/8c. However, this was not a 2-part episode; the timeslot was planned to be moved to Sundays due to the writer's strike and the returning of The CW's reality series. On February 13, 2008, it was announced by a The CW representative that a proper series finale would not be done because it would be too expensive confirming the show's cancellation. A retrospective episode was to be aired on The CW Network to conclude the eight-year series. However, the characters' storylines would receive no resolutions as the retrospective/series finale did not come to pass; the network offered the actors only half of their usual episodic salary to take part, the actors collectively turned them down.
Joan Carol Clayton, Esq. is considered the unofficial "den mother" of the group, as she looks out for her friends at the expense of dealing with her own problems, which are plentiful throughout the series run. Joan from Fresno, met Toni when they were children, met Lynn in college. Maya is her assistant at the law firm, she gave up her law career to pursue her dreams. She and Toni clash several times throughout the series, resulting in ending and reconciling their friendship. Major incidents involved Joan inadvertently revealing Toni's cheating to Greg, Joan's jealousy of Toni's marriage to Todd, but their friendship ends by the end of Season 6 when Joan fails to appear for Toni's custody hearing. For much of Season 7, Joan mourned the loss of her friendship with Toni opting to resent and belittle her in front of the group. At the end of Season 7, she became engaged to Aaron Waters, whom she met while rehabilitating homes in New Orleans damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Maya Denise Wilkes is a former assistant to a housewife/author.
Maya is married to her high school sweetheart, Darnell. They have Jabari. Maya is the sassiest of the group, is at odds with Toni over her ego-driven lifestyle, she is a devoted wife and mother, is depicted with stronger religious convictions than the rest of the group. Maya is the most "working class" member of the group in earlier seasons of the series. In the first few seasons Maya was more "from the hood", with the associated stereotyped speech and mannerisms. However, as she becomes more successful and interacts more extensively with the legal and publishing industries, she exhibits fewer stereotypes. In early seasons, Maya's marriage to Darnell imploded after she had an emotional affair with an acquaintance. After she launches a career as a self-help author, they reunite. In Season 8, the couple endured a miscarriage, explored the possibility of adopting a baby girl. Lynn Ann Searcy was Joan and Toni's roommate at UCLA and lived with Joan for eight years before the series begins. Lynn holds five post-graduate degrees.
Born in Virginia to a black father and a bipolar white mother who comes from a wealthy family, Lynn was adopted by a white family in Seattle. She did not embrace her black background until attending college, where she met Toni; when Joan decides it is time for Lynn to move out of her home, Lynn reluctantly becomes more independent by taking on various menial jobs. She lived with Toni, William and Sivad, she produces a documentary on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. While Lynn is depicted as the most sexually adventurous of the group, she dates frequently, she is most attracted to artistic and spiritual men, over the course of the series has
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
The Good Guys (2010 TV series)
The Good Guys is an American action-comedy series about an old-school cop and a modern-day detective that premiered with a preview episode on Fox on May 19, 2010, began airing on June 7 of that year. The series stars Bradley Whitford as Dan Stark, a mustachioed, former big-shot detective with the Dallas Police Department, Colin Hanks as Jack Bailey, a young, ambitious, by-the-book detective, assigned as Dan's partner because of his snarky attitude. On December 15, 2010, The Good Guys was canceled by Fox Television Studios. Dan Stark is a former big-shot detective who once saved Governor Sanford Davis' son Andy, but is now all but washed up and spends most of his time reliving his glory days; however his hunches about the "bigger picture" of crimes and odd ways of doing his job still seem to get the job done. He is shown to have a friendly relationship with the criminals he has arrested. Series creator Matt Nix describes Dan Stark as being "actually a fantastic 1981 cop, he just hasn't moved along with the time.
CSI stuff is like black magic." Stuck in the past, he has a difficult time adjusting to new technologies, such as "computer machines" and "smarty phones," known to him as "cellular testicle shrinkers." Dan lives in a trailer located "in the shadow of" the Texas Star Ferris Wheel in Fair Park. He retells stories to Jack of the old days with his former partner Frank Savage, with whom he had a close buddy-cop relationship; these stories sometimes seep in, Jack sometimes finds use of them to save lives of victims. He is reckless and unpredictable, does not hesitate to use his handgun for any trivial matter, such as "using his service revolver to open a mayonnaise jar" and shooting a radio because of the loud noise, or running through a $300 window to stop a dine and dasher, his overzealousness on a prior case cost him any chance of being promoted past detective. He enjoys eating peanuts with the shell on, listening to Foghat, chewing gum. Jack Bailey is an ambitious by-the-book detective whose attitude has made him few friends on the police force.
He was assigned to "baby-sit" Dan on the Property Crimes desk after correcting the captain's grammar in front of the chief. He still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend Liz Traynor, whom he musters up the courage to talk to, finds useful to obtain stuff such as warrants. Jack is calm-headed, preferring not to get his hands dirty at times when it is unnecessary, he admits to having attempted to grow a mustache to look tougher, because only the middle part grew, it looked like a "Hitler mustache." He learns from Dan about the importance of a partner. Liz Traynor is an assistant district attorney and former girlfriend of Jack, she broke up with him because "she didn't want to date a cop", though it is quite obvious that the two of them are not over each other and continue to harbor romantic leanings, leading to rather awkward conversations and situations. After Liz realizes that her boyfriend Kyle was involved in a crime in "The Whistleblower", she breaks up with Kyle and decides to give another shot to a relationship with Jack.
Lieutenant Ana Ruiz is Jack and Dan's boss, who sees to it that they keep themselves and the police department out of trouble by investigating minor crimes. She is Dan's ex-partner and they had a one-time fling, she starts out being somewhat cold to Jack and Dan, but she helps the two out, starts to rekindle a friendship with the two. Julius Grant is a petty criminal, now a bartender, he is getting in trouble, which Dan takes advantage of with a bribe in order to get him to play the role of a snitch. Dan believes that their relationship as detective and snitch is "a sacred bond", does not hesitate to call on him when his criminal abilities are needed, whether for information or to act as a human tracking device. Though reluctant to help Jack and Dan with their dangerous and unorthodox plans, he goes above their expectations to save them in times of need. Overall, he sees Dan as a true friend. Samantha Evans is an offbeat and awkward assistant crime scene investigator. Though assigned to lab work, Samantha has a desire to do field work and jumps at the chance to help Jack and Dan with their cases without them asking for her assistance and doing some things illegally.
Due to not following procedures, the evidence collected by Samantha cannot be used in court, but it does lead Jack and Dan to the bad guys. Samantha has a romantic interest in Jack which he is blind to until a kiss in the Series finale. Jack still considers her a good friend. Elton Hodges is a somewhat inept rival detective, he was the first to jump at the chance to name Dan a criminal. Despite the fact that he is next in command when Lt. Ruiz is unable to perform, no one seems to respect him, he has a more "evidence before hunches" personality, why he does not like Dan's style of work, will insult others the first chance he can when what he believes he is right. He seems to be a poor judge of character. Though he tries to insult Dan and the others, most of the times his insults will make him look stupid. Frank Savage is Dan Stark's partner during their "glory days", he left the force after having a nervous breakdown. In the pilot episode, this breakdown is blamed on Dan, who persuaded Frank to leap from Dan's car when they were in pur
An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film and television; the analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art. In ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval world, the time of William Shakespeare, only men could become actors, women's roles were played by men or boys. After the English Restoration of 1660, women began to appear on stage in England. In modern times in pantomime and some operas, women play the roles of boys or young men. After 1660 in England, when women first started to appear on stage, the terms actor or actress were used interchangeably for female performers, but influenced by the French actrice, actress became the used term for women in theater and film.
The etymology is a simple derivation from actor with -ess added. When referring to groups of performers of both sexes, actors is preferred. Actor is used before the full name of a performer as a gender-specific term. Within the profession, the re-adoption of the neutral term dates to the post-war period of the 1950 and'60s, when the contributions of women to cultural life in general were being reviewed; when The Observer and The Guardian published their new joint style guide in 2010, it stated "Use for both male and female actors. The guide's authors stated that "actress comes into the same category as authoress, manageress,'lady doctor','male nurse' and similar obsolete terms that date from a time when professions were the preserve of one sex.". "As Whoopi Goldberg put it in an interview with the paper:'An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor – I can play anything.'" The UK performers' union Equity has no policy on the use of "actor" or "actress". An Equity spokesperson said that the union does not believe that there is a consensus on the matter and stated that the "...subject divides the profession".
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times stated that "Actress" remains the common term used in major acting awards given to female recipients. With regard to the cinema of the United States, the gender-neutral term "player" was common in film in the silent film era and the early days of the Motion Picture Production Code, but in the 2000s in a film context, it is deemed archaic. However, "player" remains in use in the theatre incorporated into the name of a theatre group or company, such as the American Players, the East West Players, etc. Actors in improvisational theatre may be referred to as "players". In 2015, Forbes reported that "...just 21 of the 100 top-grossing films of 2014 featured a female lead or co-lead, while only 28.1% of characters in 100 top-grossing films were female...". "In the U. S. there is an "industry-wide in salaries of all scales. On average, white women get paid 78 cents to every dollar a white man makes, while Hispanic women earn 56 cents to a white male's dollar, Black women 64 cents and Native American women just 59 cents to that."
Forbes' analysis of US acting salaries in 2013 determined that the "...men on Forbes' list of top-paid actors for that year made 21/2 times as much money as the top-paid actresses. That means that Hollywood's best-compensated actresses made just 40 cents for every dollar that the best-compensated men made." The first recorded case of a performing actor occurred in 534 BC when the Greek performer Thespis stepped onto the stage at the Theatre Dionysus to become the first known person to speak words as a character in a play or story. Prior to Thespis' act, Grecian stories were only expressed in song, in third person narrative. In honor of Thespis, actors are called Thespians; the male actors in the theatre of ancient Greece performed in three types of drama: tragedy and the satyr play. Western theatre developed and expanded under the Romans; the theatre of ancient Rome was a thriving and diverse art form, ranging from festival performances of street theatre, nude dancing, acrobatics, to the staging of situation comedies, to high-style, verbally elaborate tragedies.
As the Western Roman Empire fell into decay through the 4th and 5th centuries, the seat of Roman power shifted to Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire. Records show that mime, scenes or recitations from tragedies and comedies and other entertainments were popular. From the 5th century, Western Europe was plunged into a period of general disorder. Small nomadic bands of actors traveled around Europe throughout the period, performing wherever they could find an audience. Traditionally, actors were not of high status. Early Middle Ages actors were denounced by the Church during the Dark Ages, as they were viewed as dangerous and pagan. In many parts of Europe, traditional beliefs of the region and time period meant actors could not receive a Christian burial. In the Early Middle Ages, churches in Europe began staging dramatized versions of biblical events. By the middle of the 11th century, liturgical drama had spread from Russia to Scandinavia
In the Motherhood
In the Motherhood is an American television sitcom that debuted on ABC as a midseason entry and ran from March 26 to June 25, 2009. The series was produced by ABC Studios in association with Mindshare Entertainment; the series focused on Rosemary and Emily, loosely inspired by real-life everyday moms. Rosemary, married numerous times but single, is a fast and loose free-wheeling mom with a teenaged son, who seems to be more responsible than his non-traditional mother. Rosemary’s best friend, Jane, is a divorced mother of two girls, pre-teen Annie, eight-month-old Sophie; as she tries to keep her career and home afloat, Jane has hired a "manny," Horatio, to help her out with her working mother duties. Horatio has the ability to "communicate" with Sophie and believes she is the only person that "gets" him. Jane’s younger sister, Emily, is a model stay-at-home-super-mom for her two young children and Bill. Emily believes in perfection which she sees as key to her family life and takes parenting as as any mother could.
Her home is a work of art, her kids are polite and sweet. Emily is married to Jason, the breadwinner in the family, who likes his food to be organic and determined to make sure that his family is at the top of their class. Cheryl Hines as Jane Megan Mullally as Rosemary Matt Prokop as Luke Horatio Sanz as Horatio Jessica St. Clair as Emily RonReaco Lee as Jason Loosely based on the popular online web series created by Mindshare and produced by Science + Fiction and Microsoft's Branded Entertainment and Experience Team in 2007 in conjunction with Suave hair care products and Sprint Nextel, this adaptation chronicled the daily and hilarious perils of three mothers, with most of their stories being adapted from everyday real-life mothers; the success of the webisodes led to ABC's announcement to order 7 initial episodes for the 2008-2009 TV season after the premiere. Sprint and Suave had an involvement in the series as well. Whereas the webisodes featured Leah Remini, Jenny McCarthy, Chelsea Handler in the lead roles, Handler was supposed to be the only cast member from the series to make the transition to the small screen.
But on November 24, 2008, TV Guide reported that the series would instead star Megan Mullally and Cheryl Hines. In addition, Horatio Sanz and Jessica St. Clair had been cast, with Sanz playing Hines's manny and St. Clair playing Hines's "intimidating younger sister," who doesn't discipline her children. Handler decided to drop out of the project due to scheduling commitments to her E! show Chelsea Lately. The series had not been received well by critics, despite ABC's promotional push in the hope of weakening NBC's Thursday night comedy lineup, not many viewers fans of the original web series, flocked to see the show. On April 30, 2009, ABC announced. Followed by the return of Ugly Betty to the schedule while on May 15, 2009, ABC announced that In the Motherhood would return once again, to burn off the remaining episodes, but on June 30, 2009, ABC announced that they pulled In the Motherhood and instead doubled up on Samantha Who? for Thursday, July 2 and Thursday, July 9 at 8:30PM Eastern/7:30PM Central.
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Madea Goes to Jail
Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tyler Perry, based on his 2006 play. The play and the film deal with Perry's signature character Madea going to prison for her uncontrollable anger management problems; the film was released on February 20, 2009. After a high-speed freeway police chase results in Madea being pulled over and arrested, she admits her permanent license suspension and Judge Mablean Ephriam places her in an anger management course. Returning home from court, Madea finds a party taking place in her house hosted by her brother, Joe Simmons, who claims he threw the party to try and cheer up Madea. However, Madea uses a machine gun to scare the party goers away. Madea does not cooperate with McGraw. Returning home, needing to buy groceries, calls Cora to drive her to the store, but Cora declines, angering Madea. Joe predicts that Madea will get into trouble if she drives to the store herself, but Madea ignores him and goes anyway.
At Kmart, a woman steals the parking space that Madea was about to take and acts snobbish to Madea when she confronts the woman over it, so Madea commandeers a forklift truck to remove the woman's car from the space, wrecking the car in the process. Madea is arrested and brought to court again, where Judge Greg Mathis sentences her to prison for five to ten years. Meanwhile, assistant district attorney Joshua Hardaway is on the fast track to career success, he is prosecuting a young prostitute and drug addict, Candace "Candy" Washington, with whom he is acquainted. Josh asks fellow ADA Linda Davis to fill in on his behalf, but when Josh takes Candy out to eat and gives her his business card for future assistance, Linda gets jealous and fears Josh may be cheating on her. Although Josh tries to assure her that he is only trying to help an old friend, Linda tells him that it was Candace's own fault for being who she is and that he should only socialize with a higher class of people. Josh, keeps helping Candace anyway, to the point where he rescues her from a pimp and brings her to his home to spend the night.
When Linda finds out, she gets furious and threatens to leave him unless he puts Candace out of his life for good. Conversely, Candace sees right through Linda upon meeting her and tells Josh that it will never work between them since they are too different: Josh cares about helping anyone he sees in trouble no matter their class, while Linda is a shallow and spoiled brat who considers people who have a lower status than her as inferior. Josh runs into his friend Ellen, a former drug addict and prostitute who has now become a minister that helps other women get off the streets. After Josh asks Ellen to help Candace, Ellen gets her a job interview, but it results in sexual harassment by the interviewer, who Candace kicks in the groin before storming out. Just before Madea's trial, Ellen asks Josh, he tells Ellen that they were close friends from childhood through college, but during their college years, all of Josh's friends mistreated and bullied Candace because of her background and he started pushing her away out of embarrassment.
He breaks down. He ended up going on a date and leaving Candace behind at the party, where a group of his friends gang-raped her in his absence. Since Josh has continued to harbor deep-seated guilt for leaving her behind and failing to protect her. Ellen comforts him and tells him that he shouldn't continue holding on to the guilt and that it was never his fault since Candace had personal troubles beforehand. At the district attorney's office, Josh's best friend, runs into Linda and discovers that she is falsifying Candace's file to deliberately get her sent to prison and away from Josh, a practice she has been engaged with other defendants as well, including Madea. Linda blackmails him to keep his mouth shut under the threat of telling their and Josh's boss, the head A. D. A. that Chuck cheated on his bar exam to get his job. Candace refuses to show up to her trial and returns to prostitution, until she is arrested by an undercover policeman. Due to Linda's falsifying of her file, the judge gives her a seventeen-year prison sentence.
Linda lies to Josh back at the office and tells him that she "tried" to be lenient, but that the case was too severe. Chuck overhears this and nearly tells Josh the truth, but hesitates because of Linda's previous threat towards him. While in prison, Madea befriends Candace and comes to her defense when she is sexually harassed by Big Sal. Candace, Madea, T. T. and Donna attend a class taught by Ellen at the prison, in order to have time reduced from their sentences. During a lesson about forgiveness, Madea notices that some of the inmates would rather play victim instead of taking responsibility for their crimes, she tells the class they need to stop seeing themselves as victims and forgive those who led them onto the bad paths they've been on, as they weren't the ones who ended up in jail. Candace is moved by her words and during a visit with Josh, she admits that back when she was raped at the party he took her to, she called his name as the attack happened, but he never came for her. Candace held on to her anger at him for so long that she forgot how to move on, which resulted in her dropping out of school and becoming a drug addict and prostitute.
But with everything she learned from Ellen and Madea, she decides to forgive Josh and pic