mp’s rating: 2 / 5 stars
Just now I watched the movie “Not Easily Broken” in HBO. I dont know why but the movie is very emotional for me. early in the movie there is one quotation; a cliche to be exact: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
Here is the plot synopsis I’ve got from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795438/plotsummary:
“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. Written by Anonymous”
Another plot synopsis says:
Not Easily Broken is a film about a young couple whose marriage is on the rocks . Both of them are starting to lose hope and are not being honest with how bad it truly has become. The couple are Dave “Morris Chesnut” and Clarice ” Taraji P. Henson” after being married for quite some time , both pretending that everything is fine. Filling their lives with so many different appointments and excuses just not to be around each other; avoiding the problem all together. When one day while driving they are blindsided in their car. Causing Clarice to be injured quite badly and put into a wheelchair. They will have pull together and Dave will have to care for Clarice as much as he can. Clarice’s mother Mary “Jennifer Lewis” practically forces herself into the house to help take care of her daughter. Making David feel more unneeded and wanted in the marriage. Because if Clarice does not even need him when she is critically injured , when does she need him. All the cars,money and even the house does not matter anymore; if the love they have for each other has slipped away.
“Two character with almost completely different views and walks of life. Clarice, a corporate juggernaut, making the most of career and making money has become the love her life. While Dave is runs his own small business and coaching little league baseball on the side. Even though these two managed to grow apart. Somehow through their personal difference these two managed to get married and stay married this long. Can they find the strength in themselves to keep the marriage together ? With the added stress of a nosy mother-in-law and a possible affair. In today’s world so many marriages and long term relationships fail. Because it is easier to quit when times get hard , then to push through and remember why couples are together in the first place. A great film , putting the problems of marriage in the forefront, making people think about what really matters in marriage, and that not all problems are unfixable, when you have love and understanding for one another. A great movie for couples to watch and see, that when problems happen you have to arise to the occasion.” (http://www.italkfilm.com/20090106164/not-easily-broken.html)
I’ve learned several important things from this movie:
1. Actually this applies in marriage but let me say it this way: in every relationship, either it is between couples, families, friends, or such, there are three strands. one for us, one for them, and the other is for God. Without God, the relationship is just,, not complete. When Dave and his wife, Clarice are splitting out, their pastor asks that question: Do you, in your marriage, putting that third strand for God?
2. When Dave’s friend, Julie, lost her son; the thing that she regrets the most is: her last saying to her son. She’s not saying how proud she is to be his mother, or ‘i love u’ or no mother can have a greater son or such things but… she just says, “clean up the trash when u get home.” Regret? but we can’t rewind the time. So lesson learnt: live ur day like it is ur last day, say everything u mean to say, ‘i love u’, ‘im proud of u’, etc everytime you have a chance. You are here today, it is possible that you’re not here tomorrow.
3. When life gets tough, remember, sometimes it is necessary for our lives to be turned upside down, so that we can learn to live rightside up. And it’s true. Sometimes we forget what life is; we forget the air we breathe in, how blue is the sky, and how great is our God. Life is tough. It was, it is, and it will always be. But that way, we can learn to walk straight in God’s way. and you know what? with God by our side, it will never be ‘too’ tough :).
There are many Christian points in this movie and a lot of other great life’s lessons. If you think that your life is broken, check this movie out, it can be a blessing for you :).
quotations from the movie:
“Down through history men have always been measured by how hard they work and cultivated, how well the protected their wife and children. In the old days woman saw their man as conquerers, providers, heroes. But somewhere along the line that change, woman started to became their own hero, maybe it was because their man forgot to be relic or because woman don’t want to be protected anymore or maybe woman had to be their own hero because of the pain they had to endure in life. But whatever the cause, the world took away a man’s reason for being a man. It told him he wasn’t important anymore and when that happened, it turn the whole world upside down.”