Mo'Nique: I Coulda Been Your Cellmate! NR

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Comic sensation and internationally known movie star, Mo'Nique brings her unique brand of humor to the most unlikely of places - a women's correctional facility in Ohio. With shades of Johnny Cash's Folsom prison special, Mo'Nique ventures where no female comedienne has ever gone before - The Ohio Reformatory for Women. "I Coulda Been Your Cellmate" is both comic genius and an emotional roller coaster.

Starring:
Mo'Nique
Runtime:
58 minutes

Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Gary Binkow
Starring Mo'Nique
Studio Salient Media
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kendra L. Hill on May 14, 2007
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Monique was funny and a tad raunchy as usual. But this video was different because it featured the touching stories of women incarcerated for various reasons giving a human face to women who have basically been thrown away by society.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on May 26, 2007
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I have always dug Mo'Nique because she just does her thing. this was a very creative move on her part that will remind some of Johnny cash going to Folsom Prison and other Entertainers who have performed at Prisons. but Mo'Nique gives this Performance a Comic spin along with also touching on the Human side of it which is often forgotten. she acknowledges the Warden, the victims and also the Prisoneers who are in Lock down. the Women of this Ohio Prison truly connected and Bonded with Mo'Nique. it was very touching when the One Woman came up near the end of the show to perform that Gospel Number. that was very touching. Mo'Nique talks real on this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PVS on October 9, 2007
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I am not a prude, but I could not completely enjoy Mo'Nique "I coulda Been Your Cellmate." Although the show was funny, it was very raunchy. It was great that Mo'Nique performed for women in prison. Mo'nique seems to genuinely care about the women. She advised them to be more cordial to each other, and to stay out when they get out.
It was a great moment when one inmate sang; such a beautiful voice.
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Mo'nique says many times throughout that she could have easily been their cellmate, and I think it's something most of us can say we've experienced if we get angry enough. She picks one of the toughest women's prisons in the nation, and she sets out with two goals. At first you think the first goal is to make them laugh, and us when we view it. In fact, most of us certainly bought the thing not because of the prison factor, but because Mo'nique cracks us up. But by the end, it's become so much more. A great deal of these women killed out of anger at betrayal or heartbreak. Many more because they were abused and wanted out. Some are hardcore criminals, and other's just repeat offenders... But what Mo'nique wants us all to realize is that they are still people, and they still matter. I come from a home with physical abuse, severe even. On the final night, after 11 years, when my mom had finally had enough, she broke my dad's arm and busted his face with a hammer. Had he died, she's have been right in the same situation as MANY of these women, who just took their rage at being repeatedly beaten that one step too far... Yes, this video will move you, and we'll see Mo'nique big heart to go right along with her big sense of humor and beauty. Honestly though, the show stopper was when one of the toughest girls in the prison gets up onstage and sings, and took my breath away. And as she and Mo'nique talked, tears poured down this truly hardcore criminal's face, and they poured down Mo'nique's, and they poured down mine... And I came away with a little more understanding, and I called a cousin of mine who'd been in prison off and on for drugs, just so she could know that someone still cares... If you love Mo'nique, then you will love this special.Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Benson on February 17, 2009
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I think Monique did a good job on this DVD. People making time are forgotten about sometimes, but they need a laugh just just like everyone else does when they have been on good behavior . My favorite part was the woman that came and did a gospel solo, and she tore it up. I cried and cried and cried everytime I listened to her. She has a wonderful voice and they never did say how much time this young lady has, but I hope that she was able to get out and pursue her gift.
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By Alemwati Aier on February 6, 2011
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what I did not expect from this show was as to how very insightful it was on women's prison and their inmates and how they cope with their lives as they serve their time. Mo'Nique very cleverly throws in a mini documentary throwing light on the background of a few of the inmates and the prison guards and their coexistence. Mo'Nique is bold, honest and most of all extremely funny. A beautiful comedienne who should bask in all her fame and glory.
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By Allen Hamilton on April 4, 2014
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A hilarious and surprisingly tender and moving record of Monique performing in a women's prison.Monique's set is raw,funny and honest and exhibits a sympathetic rapport with these unfortunate inmates .I recommend this video highly and give four stars!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RJ McGill VINE VOICE on May 12, 2007
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Taking her stand-up routine to the "big house" - Mo'nique performs at a women's prison. The DVD features extra footage of her interaction with the inmates. Many of these ladies are serving life sentences, so prison IS their life & they must make the best of it. From the stage, utilizing her signature style, she encourages these women to stop fighting amongst themselves. For those who will be returning to society, Mo'nique incorporates a strong message to these ladies about "keeping your chin up, being beautiful & never returning to prison."

If the "b" offends you - I will tell you this DVD is not for you. As it's use is second only to breathing throughout the routine. Nevertheless, this is a powerful performance. Mo'nique displays more compassion than ever before. When one of the inmates shares the stage & sings, make sure you have a Kleenex handy.

In short, if you enjoy stand-up comedy - performed with style - Mo'nique never disappoints. This DVD goes one step further - relating the importance of friendship, self respect and so much more.
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