Not Easily Broken is the on-screen adaptation of the popular dramatic novel from T.D. Jakes. The very beautiful and talented Taraji B. Henson (Clarice) delivers a wonderful performance, as to be expected, because she embodies the persona of a true talented actress; and the handsome Morris Chestnut (Dave) portrays the husband who has taken the background to his successful real estate manger of a wife. Clarice’s materialistic view and ambitious drive in life begins to outweigh the importance of her relationship with Dave; their marriage seems to inevitably be on the way to hitting rock bottom. Dave, who was once a professional basketball player, yearns for the beginning of a family; he feels it is the right time to raise children. Clarice’s mind revolves around what “things” she and her husband can have to appear very high class in public opinion.
The views of Clarice and Dave become blurred because she is so intent on appearance and prides herself in cars and businesses, but her husband takes more interest in more humble things. Dave is apparently a good man, and it is somewhat annoying to see Clarice not appreciate the little things he does, such as taking time out for a little league team. Dave and Clarice seem to have very different opinions on the perks of life. Success and love have two different definitions within the mind’s of each. Even though the film has its serious issues, it is undeniably humorous when it comes to Kevin Hart’s character. Hart plays Tree, Dave’s friend who lightens the mood with his overly-dramatic remarks. The film has easily understood messages, which are, marriage is not the easiest, but always remember “for better or for worse,” and “Do not take for granted what you have or could have in a relationship with someone for materials, do not forget what really matters.” The film has religious undertones like in any trial or tribulation; it is imperative to remember your faith, which is sure to give you peace of mind.
An unexpected event begins to pull the couple further apart. Why? It opens up an opportunity for Dave to have what Clarice is not ready for, in the form of another woman, Julie, and her son (Bryson). Clarice’s and Dave’s journey is a tale that proves marriage is definitely not easy if people are just going through the motions, just existing as another half of a couple, or in it for the wrong reasons. Just how much deterioration is needed to break a marriage if there never was a foundation to begin with, is the case in this story. Clarice missed the point of standing at the altar, and valued all the wrong things in her relationship. On a wedding day, vows are made, and a commitment and responsibility is expected of each person. This film takes you on a ride that explores the promises a husband and wife have made to one another and how close two people can come without dedication and respect to being easily broken.