When describing Bishop T.D. Jakes’ film, Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day, now available on DVD, the Hollywood Reporter says it best: it “manages to be as unsavory as it is purportedly inspirational.” The theme of the film is forgiveness, but uses plenty profanity and raunchiness to get there.
The plot revolves around Kari Ames (Sharon Leal), a successful real estate agent. She is a college graduate and dedicated wife and mother. Her husband, David Ames (Blair Underwood), is a well-respected author, lecturer and Dean of the Humanities Department at Xavier University. The two seem to have the perfect life until the kidnapping of their 4 year old daughter, Mikayla (Zoe Carter) reveals some dark secrets about Kari’s past and rocks their idyllic world.
The cameos from Bishop T.D. Jakes and interwoven segments highlighting sermon snippets help put things in perspective and add a rich faith-based element to the other more edgy aspects of the movie.
Word of advice: As the adult melodrama unfolds, make sure small children are in bed or at least out of earshot. There is a generous use of the “B-word” and some sexual content.
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day is available on DVD in stores now.
Opened: April 13 (Codeblack Entertainment)
Production: T.D. Jakes Enterprises
Cast: Blair Underwood, Sharon Leal, Nicole Beharie, T.D. Jakes, Nicoye Banks, Jacqueline Fleming, Reed McCants, Zoe Carter, Samantha Beaulieu, Tim Frances, Patrick Weathers, Clyde Jones, Pam Grier
Director: Neema Barnette
Screenwriter: Cory Tynan
Producers: Jeff Clanagan, Nina Henderson Moore, Quincy Newell, Neema Barnette, Blair Underwood
Executive producers: T.D. Jakes, Jonathan Babineaux, Jordan Babineaux, Michael Turner, Derrick Williams, Curtis Wallace, Steven Greener, Kevin Columbus
Rated PG-13, 101 min.