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Diary of a Tired Black Man (2008)

Jimmy Jean-Louis , Tim Alexander  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jimmy Jean-Louis
  • Directors: Tim Alexander
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L67A46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Diary of a Tired Black Man" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A fascinating story about the complex relationships between Black Men and Black Women. The film follows the love life of a successful man as he attempts to examine the relentless debate over the battle-of-the-sexes.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh. May 16, 2010
I think the idea behind this documentary was a good one, however it was very biased. It seemed as though the take away from the movie was that "it's the black woman's fault". The documentary interviews many regular black people giving their two cents on relationships. I couldn't help but notice that when the men where interviewed, although making some valid points, they were agreed with and not really interrupted. However, when the women who were in direct contrast in opinion were interviewed, they were almost chastised in a way. If the women being interviewed did not directly or indirectly say "yes, we are angry and/or its our fault" they were ridiculed and made to look dumb.

I did not like the in between acting. Again more bias. The man was made out to be a saint, while the women came off deranged and crazy. That's not the real world...the world consists of PEOPLE (men and women) who are not infallible.

The movie did touch on no good men, only to say in so many words that the women should make better choices in mates and not bring it to the next relationship. This documentary stressed the fact that women carry and harbor ill feelings and generalizations about men only to bring it to men who are good and have nothing to do with their past, which is a valid point. However, the creator/camera man continuously goes on to interview different people asking them questions similar to "how do you feel about angry black women?" To me thats seems very unfair and makes the movie come off like a contradiction.

Despite my negative review, I think it is a good watch if you can formulate your own opinion and not the opinion the author wants you to have.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars no balance February 29, 2012
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had there been any balance in this film, i could have spared a few more stars. as it is, this is nothing more than tim alexander's big chance to share with us his distaste for black women. pitting a truly good man against a crazy woman for this kind of documentary was a very bad idea. actually, there was something objectionable about the personalities of most of the characters portrayed by actresses. the guys, on the other hand, all come off looking like beaten down, beleaguered "good men" who've been done wrong by their shrewish lovers. almost none of the men who appeared in this film had anything good to say about black women.

i noticed that whenever a woman said things that didn't mesh with the interviewer's opinion, he was quick to ask, his voice oozing judgement, "do YOU have a man?" a woman who doesn't have a man isn't necessarily without one because she nags or puts men down. we're supposedly in the wrong if we stay with a man who isn't right for us or denigrated if we refuse to get involved with a man who doesn't meet our needs or to whom we're not attracted. we're either too picky or not picky enough. and there's certainly something wrong with a woman who helps her man out when he's in need but ends up getting screwed because he sees her as weak and a patsy. whatever choice a black woman makes, it will be seen by someone else as a bad choice.

this documentary doesn't hold men and women to the same standards. women are criticized for having children with more than one man, but i don't recall hearing the same criticism of a man who has randomly sprinkled his seed from one end of the country to the other and has more kids than he can count, let alone support.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Diary of resentment and bias August 14, 2011
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I only watched this through because half an hour in I decided to write a review and wanted to be sure my point wasn't disproved later in the video, so that I wouldn't write something unfounded. Wish I had saved another hour of my life, because the more I watched the more clear it became that yes indeed this video is:

1) a completely one-sided presentation of a very complex issue (relationships among members of historically oppressed groups who have attained some integration, but are still impacted by a history of oppression and continuing discrimination);
2) so set up with comments edited and commentators baited that it is almost laughable. ("I find black American women... to be..." "Angry?" "... yes, some of them are angry.") I really have to wonder about the intellectual level of anyone who doesn't see the bias, because it is pretty heavy-handed bias.
3) an utter failure at delving into the interplay between men and women or within various parts of the African-American culture (and yes, it is not a monolithic culture, but a set of different ones, just like white people have more than one cultural community). Forget about dealing with different aspects of black culture, it doesn't even address the interplay between men and women. Instead everything is that either the woman is the problem because she doesn't appreciate good men or the woman is the problem because she chooses and then stays with bad men. Men of course have no responsibility, so should just forget about these troublesome black women and focus on women of other races, who know how to... well... not be like black women, whatever that means.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
After three minutes I was through. This movie is a waste of time. This movie this is very serious waste of time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Diary of a tired black man or any other tired man
Definitely worth watching! The wife in this story is in need of some serious help. She doesn't have a clue about marriage and it's give and take. Where is her heart. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sylvia G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie for Round Table dialog
Watching this movie lead to an eight hour round table amongst 15 friends; 8 females 7 males. I would recommend my so-called "real sistas" watch this. Read more
Published 4 days ago by alesia m coates
3.0 out of 5 stars It's low budget and not a real movie, but entertaining!
Plot summary: the director had a horrible relationship and breakup with and attributes his ex's issues to her being a black woman and then generalizes all black women based on... Read more
Published 4 days ago by AdriB
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignantly liberating!
There are those experiences in life that make you think you are losing your mind — until you realize you're not alone. Read more
Published 9 days ago by viaChima
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring from the start
I might of not given it much of a chance. The beginning was boring, so after 10 minutes I quit watching. It was just not worth my time.
Published 11 days ago by Jasmin Berrios
5.0 out of 5 stars A CALL TO THE CONSCIENCE
Published 15 days ago by Marjorie Louis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary - not a movie...
I liked the premise of this presentation, but it caught me by surprise because I planned on watching a movie not a documentary. Read more
Published 17 days ago by S. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
I liked the storyline and can be true about some of us with the anger issues we can have. Thx
Published 22 days ago by Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting and true
I thought about doing a update on this. really good topic something to think and act on. would def. use as learning tool
Published 23 days ago by dkny
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