Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson Keep ‘Not Easily Broken’ From Falling Apart

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CHICAGO – Stars Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson do their best to make Bill Duke’s “Not Easily Broken” a genuine domestic drama instead of the cluttered melodrama that it easily could have been with two lesser actors in the lead roles.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.0/5.0
Rating: 3.0/5.0

The film opens in 1995 with the marriage of Dave Johnson (Chestnut) and Clarice Clark (Taraji P. Henson). The man marrying these two beautiful people suggests that the bond of three strands is not easily broken. Dave is one, Clarice is the other, and God is the third. Of course, the film to follow will challenge the breakability of this marriage but not in the ways that you might expect.

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Years later, the life that Dave and Clarice thought they would have hasn’t turned out exactly as planned. Dave watched a promising sports career collapse when he injured himself at the end of his rookie year. Now, Clarice is the earner in the relationship, selling high-priced real estate to upscale couples.

Dave spends a lot of his time coaching his youth baseball league and wishing he was a father himself. He spends his nights with his friends Tree (Kevin Hart), an emotional young man who basically serves as comic relief, and Brock (Eddie Cibrian), a guy in the middle of a divorce. He’s not often at home and life has clearly pushed Dave and Clarice apart.

‘Not Easily Broken’ stars Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Jenifer Lewis, Maeve Quinlan, Kevin Hart, Eddie Cibrian, Niecy Nash, and Wood Harris. ‘Not Easily Broken,’ which was written by Brian Bird from the book by T.D. Jakes and directed by Bill Duke, opened in Chicago on January 9, 2009.

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Morris Chestnut as
Morris Chestnut as Dave Johnson and Taraji P. Henson as Clarice Clark in TriStar Pictures’ drama Not Easily Broken.
Photo credit: Ron Phillips/Sony Pictures

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